Reach Out

Adoption Network

adoptThis is a network of families who have adopted children and are willing to provide support and information to other families – both those who are thinking about adoption and those that have already adopted.

Contact: Bob and Kathy Cormier
Phone: (727) 415-6835

Christmas Giving Tree

30 years ago our former pastor, Father Larkin, asked several parishioners to look into the plight of the migrant farm workers. They learned of the poverty and despair within the farm worker community and decided to have a special Christmas collection of toys for the farm workers’ children. A wicker basket was placed in the Narthex and approximately one hundred gifts were donated. The following year a Christmas Giving Tree was put up in the Church Narthex, decorated with tags stating the ages and gender of the farm children. The response was very generous and enough toys and gifts were donated to fill a van. Now more than 2,000 gifts are delivered each year to the farm worker families. On delivery day, parishioners are always welcome to lend a hand with loading the truck.

Contact: Pat Emrick
Phone: (727) 733-3887

Contact: Julio & Mary Lourdes Haedo
Phone: (727) 734-1971

Men’s Al-Anon

al-anonAnyone who feels his personal life is or has been deeply affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon. Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. The focus of this Men’s Al-Anon Group is “Recovery for Men” who have been affected by living with a problem drinker.

Meetings are on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00pm in the DuBois Center

Contact: Bill
Phone: (727) 734-9356

Faith Community Nursing

mind body spiritThe Mission of Faith Community Nursing:

Promote the whole person health through education, preventative care, and improved access to appropriate health services; focus on intentional care of the spirit as part of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness; strive for the growth of health ministry through education programs, networking, and increased awareness of resources; and utilize American Nurse Assoc. Standards of Practice for Faith Community Nursing.

Contact: Parish Office
Phone: (727) 733-3606

Faith in Action for Strength Together (F.A.S.T.)

FAST clapF.A.S.T. is a tool that allows congregations to work with other congregations to effectively live out God’s call to “Do Justice.” Our Lady  of Lourdes is part of F.A.S.T. This past year we have been working on four issues affecting our community: education (to have our children reading at grade level); dental care for those without insurance; jobs; and affordable housing. Parishioners are encouraged to attend countywide meetings throughout the year to support these efforts.

Contact: Peggy Fast
Phone: (727) 776-9877

Grief Recovery

griefThis ministry offers the opportunity to share your story of loss in an atmosphere of caring among a community of believers who are on the same journey. Three 6-week sessions are offered throughout the year.

Contact: Shirley Celidonio
Phone: 458-5807

Kimberly Home Pregnancy Resource Center

gorgeous newborn baby sleepingKimberly Home is a non-profit organization dedicated to LIFE that has been caring for women in unplanned pregnancy circumstances and their children since 1983. Whether a client is an expectant woman or adolescent, single or married, new parent, or simply in need of counseling and a compassionate ear, she is offered assistance from the first trimester through delivery and into early childhood. Services include, but are not limited to, free pregnancy testing,  limited ultrasound, counseling and mentoring programs, licensed infant/ toddler day care, maternity and infant/toddler clothing, information and referral network, baby food, formula, baby supplies/furniture, adoption counseling and placement, prenatal and parenting education, transitional housing, and life skills training/classes. Kimberly Home has a thrift shop that serves to fund all programs.

Contact: Kate Kelly, Executive Director
Phone: (727) 443-0471
Website: www.kimberlyhome.org

Knights of Columbus JFK Memorial Council #5635

KofCBlueLogoMen’s fraternal organization fosters charity, unity and fraternity through service to the Church and community, council family, and youth. The Knights organize events for Catholic youth (e.g. basketball free throw and others), fundraisers for charities, scholarships for vocations, sponsor the annual OLL School golf tournament, and give of their time, talent and treasure to those in need. Members must be Catholic.

Contact: Alan Gauzens
Phone: (727) 733-9441

Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly #1706

KofCBlueLogoThis men’s organization fosters the spirit of patriotism and encourages responsible active Catholic citizenship. The Assembly, in addition to supporting the Council activities, participates in “get out the vote” campaigns, funds Catholic military chaplaincy, and provides an honor guard to Catholic functions and ceremonies for the local Church and Bishop. Members must be Catholic and members of a Council.

Contact: Jack Sager
Phone: (727) 733-3871

Parish Mission Council Twin Parish in Haiti

Haiti MissionThis ministry coordinates the efforts to assist our twin parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus in Acul des Pins, Haiti, with various needs. The funds raised so far have enabled our parish to sponsor a summer camp for children, purchase French Bibles and Catechisms, and connect electricity to the school. We have sent a group of teachers to the parish to teach English and Spanish to their teachers and intend to send a group of doctors, nurses, and medical supplies. Future projects include security fencing for the school and parish buildings, and the building of a mission church.

Contact: Father Gary
Phone: (727) 733-3606

Contact: Darrell Fulford
Phone: (727) 733-3776

Pinellas Hope

pinellas hopePinellas Hope is a program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg that provides a safe living environment for homeless individuals and support to become self sufficient. We now have the opportunity to share our compassion by feeding the homeless at Pinellas Hope.

Opportunities to Serve:
We are scheduled to serve the residents twice a month, which gives plenty of opportunity for you to participate in any of the following ways: make or purchase desserts; help prepare the meals in our kitchen; serve the meals at Pinellas Hope; or make a donation to help offset the cost. This is a wonderful ministry to get involved in – you will not be disappointed!

Contact: Pat McKenna
Phone: (727) 743-3513

Respect Life

hands-old-youngRespect Life fosters an understanding of the sacredness of human life in all its dimensions. As Catholics, we respect life from conception to natural death. We believe all life is God-given and precious.

Contact: Jeannie Pfeifer
Phone: (727) 736-1955

St. Vincent de Paul Society

IMG_1029The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has a long history at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Located in the Dubois Center, SVDP is open to Dunedin residents every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am-12pm. People of all faiths are served. During office hours, clients are provided with food, utility bill assistance, clothing, furniture vouchers, and emergency travel. They also hold an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which provides a holiday dinner to needy families. They do whatever they can for the homeless in our area as well.

Contact: Adriane, President
Phone: (727) 733-3591

ZOOMERS

senior picnicCome join us if you are single, 55+ and want to meet and make new friends. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm and provide outreach to one another, to the parish, and to the local community. We have several planned activities each month, such as breakfast, bowling, bible study, movies, picnics, and dinner. Come join us at our next meeting!

Contact: Betty Hortsman
Phone: (727) 736-0630