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Service and Outreach

These organizations minister to those in our parish and the surrounding Severna Park community.

Mental Health Companions
This newly formed ministry at St. John's recognizes the silent struggles of those who are affected by mental illness.  Whether they are a parent, a spouse, a sibling, a friend....of someone with anxiety, depression, post tramatic stress disorder, addiction or substance abuse, just to name a few...help is available. You are not alone.  Click here for a mental health resources brochureClick here for Anne Arundel County mental health resources.   Feel free to contact our mental health companions by emailing mhcsjsp@gmail.com.

Cancer Support Group/St. Peregrine
Under the patronage of St. Peregrine, patron of those who suffer from cancer, this group meets for prayer, fellowship, and supports, and is open to those who suffer from cancer and their caregivers. The group meets on Saturdays at 11 until noon in the Church Library during the school year.
Contact: Debbie Resta 410-757-9763

Gabriel Network
The role of our church in the local Gabriel Project is to assist any mother referred to us for help getting through a crisis pregnancy. Our church community simply responds in love by providing emotional, spiritual and material support to help meet her needs. For the many women abandoned by family at the time of a crisis pregnancy, the church commuinty lovingly fills the void left by a missing family.
Contact: Alice Harris 410-544-2895.

Our Daily Bread
This ministry is a parish-wide service program made up of volunteers who meet the needs of a community beyond the parish borders of St. John's. Twice monthly, volunteers serve at Our Daily Bread Employment Center, located at 725 Fallsway in Baltimore City. The primary role of this volunteer service is to prepare and serve lunch to the needy at the center between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. It is estimated that between 600 and 800 people are served at the center on a daily basis. Parish members must be at least 15 years of age (14 if there is adult supervision) and should show a strong need in helping those who are less fortunate. In the parish, there is a group of approximately 25 regular volunteers who serve throughtout the year, however, more volunteers are always welcome, especially students earning community service credits. Generally, parishioners serve on the second Wednesday of the month and the last Saturday. Please consult the bulletin for exact dates. All parish volunteer services are coordinated through a parish coordinator, Pete Lally, who can be contacted at 410-647-4092 or plally3@verizon.net. For more details about Our Daily Bread please visit

http://www.jhsph.edu/source/VolunteerAgencies/SocialIssues/ODB.
Contact: Pete Lally 410-647-4092.

Pastoral Care Ministry to the Sick and Homebound
Christ has called us all to be a person of faith and share by Works of Mercy. Do you wish to feel as if you are faithful to this call? Well you can! And there is no time like the present to think about a ministry to help the Sick and Homebound. You are invited to take up the challenge by being one of Christ's ministers to be a visitor and bring communion to our sick and homebound.
What greater joy and honor can there be in bringing God to someone who is physically unable to go to church and receive the Eucharist? Many of our Catholic brethren are in hospitals and nursing homes and need a spiritual uplifting? Some of these individuals have no one to visit them. Bringing the Eucharist to them makes all the difference in the world by letting them know that God is with them when they are sick or disabled.
So we need you now! Are you so busy that you can't give Christ a few hours a month to serve Him? Are you saying no to Christ or a big "YES"----Here I am Lord, I have come to do your will. If you can say "YES" to Christ---well here is your chance by doing one of the following:
1. Visiting a nursing home or assisted living unit...three hour commitment... Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays in the morning.
2. Visiting Baltimore Washington Medical Center ...a two hour commitment once or twice a month...Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays in the morning.
3. Home Visitor....once a week...minimum of two hours.
If you can say "YES" please  call the parish office at 410-647-4884 and leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached.

Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Committee provides information, education and advocacy regarding human life issues, from conception to natural death, that are facing the Church and our country today. St. John's Respect Life promotes and participate in the National Campaign, 40 Days For Life, promote motherhood , fatherhood and the family through various activities, educate and advocate on behalf of pro-life issues within the legislative arena, both state and federal, sponsor holy hours and prayer vigils for life, etc. Monthly meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm, in the Library, with a few exceptions (please see the bulletin for meeting dates and times each month). We welcome ALL those interested in participating in the pro-life endeavor in any form or fashion to join us.

Jamaica Outreach
In 2007, we adopted two sister parishes in the diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica - St. Philomena and St. Margaret Mary. In addition to sending resources, we have committed to praying for these parishes. In the Fall we send a group of parishioners to Jamaica, to learn about the parishes and to let them know who we are. Please join us in prayer and support of our efforts to keep our Sister Parish Jamaica project running. We are planning many exciting and rewarding projects for this year and we are in need of support in many areas. If interested in finding out more please plan to attend one of our monthly meeting. Keep and eye on the weekly bulletin for times and location. Contact: Jerry Rush 410-553-0293 or triumph52@yahoo.com.

St. Vincent DePaul Society
This organization exists to help the poor and needy of the parish and surrounding area with food, prescriptions, and emergency funds. On Share Sunday (the first Sunday of every month), non-perishable food items are collected for the food pantry. Proceeds from the poor box support the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s ministry. The Society meets on Wednesday evenings, and volunteers staff the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 Noon and 2 PM to 4 PM, and Fridays from 10 AM to 12 Noon to distribute food and funds. In additions, the Society coordinates the annual Advent Giving Tree and oversees donations to other charitable organizations.
Contact: Cindy Halloran j.halloran@verizon.net

Vegetable Garden
The St. Vincent De Paul (SVDP) garden allows parishioners to grow fresh vegetables for members of the community seeking food assistance from our food pantry. In our third year, we have expanded our crops beyond tomatoes to a variety of vegetables, including beans, cabbage, cucumbers, peas, peppers, and yellow squash. Read More.
Contact: Jen Mayer 410-647-4892.