Social Concerns and Outreach

A cross graphic + next to ministry titles indicates YOUTH participation is welcomed and encouraged.


Social Concerns Committee                  *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This committee coordinates parish social concerns efforts and develops strategies for effective action on behalf of those in need, including coordinating special collections throughout the year to benefit outreach ministries or local organizations. New members welcome! Time commitment: regular meetings last about an hour; time varies for specific projects.

Contact:  Joe Abel, Chair – 270-929-0805 – [email protected]


Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)             *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers consult with clients by phone to help coordinate assistance for food, shelter, rent, or utility payments. Diocesan Vulnerable Adult Ministry (VAM) certification is required. If you are a good listener, compassionate, and non-judgmental, SVdP needs you! Time commitment: 3 hours for each day scheduled, 1-2 days per month; training is provided. Volunteers are also needed for data entry. The SVdP office (located inside the Parish Office) hours are Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. mornings.

Contact:  Larry Lyon – 270-316-4028 – [email protected]


Cathedral Soup Kitchen +

A meal is served every day at Cathedral Soup Kitchen (located at the Pitino Shelter). Our parish team prepares and serves the meal the 3rd Sunday each month. Cooking begins at 10:30 am; serving begins by 1:30 pm. Volunteers are needed for cooking and for serving/cleanup. Youth (12 years of age and older) are welcome with adult supervision. Time commitment: approximately 2.5 hours per month.

Contact: Maggie Knoop – 270-903-9766 – [email protected]


St. Benedict Joseph Homeless Shelter       *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

St. Benedict is a year-round homeless shelter serving men. Our parish team volunteers the 3rd Friday of each month from 8 pm Friday through 8 am Saturday. Time commitment: 4-hour shift for companion volunteers, or assisting with serving a meal. More adult volunteers, male and female, are needed and welcome. More meal teams are also needed; this is a great opportunity for a family or a group of friends. Meals can be just about anything from casseroles to pizza to tacos and more, and can be homemade or store bought.

Contact:  Laurie Hicks  – 270-316-5591 – [email protected]


Habitat for Humanity +     *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed at the Habitat for Humanity location (1702 Moseley Street) during weekday hours, Monday-Friday; this is a great ministry for retirees or those who have a flexible schedule. Occasional weekend projects may also be available. Skills needed include carpentry, landscaping, painting, cleanup, or general labor. The time commitment varies depending on your availability and project needs. Youth volunteers (middle school age and older) are welcome with adult supervision for weekend projects.

Contact:  Habitat for Humanity directly at 270-962-6110 or call our Parish Office – 270-683-6525


Backpack Ministry                  *ACTIVE!

This ministry provides weekend packs of food for children in need at Hagar Preschool. Volunteers serve on a rotating basis to bag the food (in the Parish Office) and deliver it to the preschool. Time commitment: approximately 1 hour every 12 weeks; *new volunteers will be contacted in August of 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Contacts:  Kathleen Johnson – 270-314-3219 – [email protected] or Molly Harris – 270-314-9856 – [email protected]


Stephen Ministers            *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Trained Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one confidential care to people experiencing a crisis or difficult time in life by listening, encouraging, praying, and providing emotional and spiritual support. Training is scheduled approximately once every two years. If you are interested in receiving training, or would like to have a Stephen Minister walk with you for a while, call the Stephen Ministry Office (located in the Parish Office).

Contact:  LaWanna Brand, Stephen Leader – 270-570-3583 or 270-683-6525 –  [email protected]


Prayer Shawl Ministry     *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This ministry welcomes those who are willing to share their talents and resources to crochet, knit, weave, or sew shawls which are provided to those in need of comfort during an illness or loss. Instruction is available. The time commitment varies depending on your love for creating shawls!

Contact:  Donna Murphy – 270-683-6525 – [email protected]


Rosary Makers                *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers create corded, beaded, or chained rosaries at home or in a small group setting. The rosaries are donated to individuals or groups; in addition, rosaries are available in our vestibule during May and October. Volunteers meet as needed in the Media Center at the Parish Office to pick up supplies or work together on projects. Training and supplies are available.

Contacts: Doreen Harney – 270-925-5128 – [email protected]


Card Ministry +                *NEW! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Spread some good cheer by sending cards to parishioners who are homebound (temporarily due to the pandemic or due to challenges of health or aging) or those who reside in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Adults and youth (with parental guidance) volunteers welcome.

Contact:  Coordinator Needed – Contact Parish Office:  270-683-6525


Community Garden +        *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Our Community Garden (7th and Cedar Streets) provides produce for our local community each summer. Volunteer gardeners are needed for preparing, planting, weeding, and continued care of their assigned garden box. Youth are welcome with adult supervision.

Contact:  Coordinators Needed – Contact Parish Office – 270-683-6525


Detention Center Visitation (Jail Ministry)

Volunteers visit and share Scripture at the Daviess County Detention Center. The time commitment is approximately one hour per visit, generally on Sundays, on a 3-month rotating scheduled basis. Male and female adult volunteers are needed; training and background check are required through the detention center.

Contact: Gene Lyon – 270-684-3358 – [email protected]


Crossroads to Hope Emergency Shelter

This emergency shelter serves women and children. Volunteers are needed to serve as shift companions or provide meals. Time commitment: varies.

Contact:  Michele Ison, Executive Director – [email protected] – 270-852-6557


Birthright of Owensboro  *ACTIVE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Birthright, located at 512 W. 7th Street, is a non-profit, non-political, interdenominational organization offering an alternative to abortion. Free, confidential services are available for those experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Caring, non-judgmental volunteers are needed to answer calls and greet clients Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Contact:  Terri LaHugh – 270-926-7561 –