PARISH OUTREACH MINSTRIES

 

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.

Contact:

Nancy Keoughan
nancy011957@yahoo.com

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.  

Contact:

Carolyn Dearing
540-580-6501
cdearing203@gmail.com

FAMILY PROMISE 

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!

Contact:

Laura Bair
bair@roanoke.edu

Mary Kay Hodnett
marykayhodnett@gmail.com


GIVING GARDEN

The OLN Giving Garden annually provides an average of 2500 pounds of fresh, quality produce from spring through fall to the RAM House and St. Francis House Pantry. Teams of volunteers plant, harvest and deliver vegetables and fruit to these two worthy organizations. No gardening experience is necessary to volunteer! 


Contact:

Cyndy Unwin
(571) 432-6678
cyndy.unwin@gmail.com

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.

Contact:

Carol Sheahan
(540) 520-8611
cajdshea@cox.net


HAITI MINISTRY

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. Click here for more information.

Contact:

Gene Yagow
(540) 330-4750
yagow@cox.net

JAIL MINISTRY

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.

Contact:

Dennis Henry
(540) 774-3890
dwhenryvii@cox.net

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.

Contact:

Tom Cook
tomcookpsu@yahoo.com

ADVOCACY

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.    

Contact:

Lorraine Floryan
(540) 989-8577
floryan6@cox.net

MIGRANT MINISTRY

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.

Contact:

Mary Branisteanu
mary.bran@yahoo.com

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.

Contact:

Pat Marlowe
(540) 404-9980
patricia.marlowe@gmail.com

RAM HOUSE

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, as well as on various other days throughout the month.  

Contact:

Tricia Chopski
(540) 344-0901
tchopski7@juno.com

RESPECT LIFE

This group witnesses to the harm of abortion, prays for its end, and offers an alternate; in a peaceful and respectful manner. they participate in 40 Days for Life, and support the Blue Ridge Women’s center.  

Contact:

Joan Murano
(540) 776-3795
mmurano@cox.net

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.

Contact:

Tricia Chopski
(540) 344-0901
tchopski7@gmail.com

VOICES OF FAITH

The purpose of this group is to promote understanding between faiths through dialogue, knowledge and action. This group sponsors several interfaith activities throughout the year.

Contact:

Katie and John Zawacki
(540) 525-1245
voicesoffaith316@gmail.com


ST. FRANCIS HOUSE

The goal of htis ministry is to feed the hungry in the Roanoke Valley. OLN supports the ministryand through food donations collected weekly after all masses.

Contact:

Pat Marlowe
(540) 772-6947
patricia.marlowe@gmail.com

REFUGEE MINISTRY

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.  

Contact:

Pat Marlowe
(540) 772-6947
patricia.marlowe@gmail.com

LOGOS THEATRICUS

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 here to see pictures of past productions. 

Contact:

Dan Keeley
music@oln-parish.com