Caring and Outreach

In addition to the six teams listed below, our parish gives parishioners the chance to participate as individuals in outreach programs through preparation of casseroles for Catholic Charities in Burlington County, service as a Eucharistic Minister to homebound parishioners as well as in nursing homes or hospitals, mission trips to Haiti and Jamaica,  and various Respect Life activities in the Moorestown area.

Formal Parish Outreach Ministry Teams

The six teams of our Parish Outreach Ministry try to meet the needs of people in our parish community in line with the Church’s teaching on justice and charity.  Some needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, companionship, transportation or medical care, are immediate.  But others involve larger social problems that marginalize people. Volunteers in this ministry also assist parishioners to find the many county and state programs which provide help.

1.    Transportation Team – This service is designed for the occasional use of parishioners without other means of getting to the doctor’s office, or making other critical trips.  Also, the Christopher Ministry provides, at no charge, a bus to the 10:30 A.M. Sunday Mass for parishioners who regularly need this assistance to attend Mass.  Please contact the parish office at 856-235-0181 or Joe Graham at 856-778-0043 if you require this service.

2.    Housing Assistance Team –   This team helps parishioners pay utilities, bills or rent and tries to find housing for those who need it.

3.    Socialization Team – Members of this team telephone shut-in parishioners weekly to see if they need assistance and give them someone whom they can converse with. We try to provide companionship for less mobile parishioners and tell them what is taking place here at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

4.    Food Team – Volunteers deliver a daily hot meal to a shut-in parishioner who requires this service or assists with obtaining groceries.

5. Governmental Services Team –  Helps parishioners identify and contact the township, county and/or state agency best able to meet their need.  Services include housing, finances, employment, counseling, medical assistance and substance abuse treatment.

6.  Career Connections Team – helps the unemployed find jobs and training.

If you have any questions about these services, please contact Deacon David Papuga, 856-235-0181 or email papugad@olgcnj.org