Community Outreach Ministries - scroll down for the OLN Giving Garden
Christmas Gift Collection
Each November, toys and warm winter accessories (hats, caps, gloves, and scarves) are collected for all ages. Donations are shared with the Center for Christian Action in Pocahontas, VA and the Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) Refugee Resettlement Program in Roanoke, VA.
Community Christmas Store
The Community Christmas Store is a multi denominational Christian charity serving the disadvantaged of Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton and Craig County. During mid-November to the end of the first week of December 2017, OLN will collect needed items. The items will be taken to the Community Christmas Store site so qualified shoppers can select the items they need.
Family Promise provides temporary housing and skills development to homeless families. OLN is a host congregation 4-5 times a year for a week at a time. Parishioners volunteer by making meals, hosting evenings and spending the night as an overnight host. Just like having company for a week!
The OLN Gardeners are individuals and families who care for a landscape garden on their own time schedule or support the Giving Garden whose harvest is given to local charities. OLN is blessed to have many gardens. Our motto is "Many hands, less work and a more beautiful, caring church."
OLN Giving Garden
The OLN Giving Garden provides fresh, quality produce from spring through fall to the RAM House and St. Francis House Pantry. The Volunteers plant, weed. harvest and deliver the vegetables to these 2 worthy organizations. Expansion is underway to increase the Garden planting area from the current 140 square feet to 960 square feet of planting space.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that utilizes donor funds and volunteer labor in order to provide affordable housing for the working poor. Parishioners participate through financial contributions and work days.
The Haiti Ministry Committee meets regularly to discuss projects and activities that support our Haitian twin, Papaye Normal School, a 3-year teachers' training college. Activities include sending an annual sea container of supplies to the school and coordinating a pilgrimage of OLN members to the school each year.
This ministry provides weekly scripture study at the Roanoke City Jail for up to six inmates at a session. The scripture study is based on the regular Sunday readings. The ministry also provides Christmas cards with stamped envelopes to the inmates.
Kairos Prison Ministry
This interfaith group provides a three day, forty hour weekend retreat to present and share Christ with inmates in maximum security prisons.
This group serves as the parish liaison with the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC). The VCC provides a voice for Catholic Social Teaching in public policy matters and represents the dioceses of Arlington and Richmond. this ministry educates, advocates social justice issues and encourages all to join the VCC email advocacy network.
Logos is an ecumenical theater company born out of OLN and is comprised of artists and musicians of all ages from the Roanoke Valley. Our mission is to produce quality theatrical events that educate, entertain and enhance people’s lives and to raise money for local charitable organizations. Click on the links to see pictures of past productions. Like Winter Waiting / Children of Eden
This group mobilizes the Roanoke valley Catholic parishes in June to collect clothing, household, religious and hygiene items for 3,000+ seasonal migrant farm laborers throughout Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Justice & Peace
Justice and Peace focuses on education about Catholic Social Teaching through activities such as Operation Rice Bowl, Just Faith modules, and a book discussion group.
Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM) is a homeless day shelter that provides lunch and a place to shower. It also provides emergency financial assistance. Volunteers are needed for front desk, office, clothing closet and kitchen work. the OLN ministry prepares and serves lunch on the fourth Sunday of every month.
To work on the fourth Sunday:
This ministry is a liaison with the Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) Refugee Resettlement Program. Volunteer opportunities may include tutoring and working with refugee families as they adjust to their new country.
North Roanoke Valley Home
This mission group visits the residents of North Roanoke Valley Home Assisted Living on the third Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm and on the third Wednesday from May through August every month. We play bingo and provide fellowship and fun. At. Christmas, the group collects presents for the residents.