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Advent Giving Tree
Contact: Lindsay Christenson, (512) 263-9596, and Charlene Lowe, (512) 608-0572
Volunteers set up the Giving Tree the first weekend of Advent. Parish families are encouraged to take one or several gift tags and provide the requested items. Organizations from throughout Lakeway and the greater Austin area which have benefited from past Giving Trees include: The Annunciation Maternity Home, Posada Esperanza, St. Louise House, Mary House Catholic Worker, and Lake Travis Crisis Ministries.
Meetings: Tuesdays, 12:00 noon, Pastoral B1
Meetings: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 12:00 noon, Pastoral B1
The Care Communities
Contact: Sr. Elizabeth Guerrero, (512) 261-8500
Care Communities services those suffering from AIDS and cancer through volunteers known as "Care Teams." Volunteers work as part of a team providing non-medical care. Each volunteer commits to five hours per month and may offer assistance such as light housekeeping, shopping, transportation to a doctor's appointment, meal preparation, yard work, etc. A Care Team provides assistance to a single care partner who is assigned by The Care Communities of Austin. All training for team members is provided by TCC.
Criminal Justice Ministry
Contact: John Gilluly, (512) 949-2460
The mission of the Criminal Justice Ministry is to promote Christ’s love and forgiveness through assistance, education and social interaction to the incarcerated and their families, and to help those returning from prison successfully reintegrate back into society by becoming productive citizens. As a part of this effort, the Emmaus Parish Criminal Justice Ministry team conducts a program of spiritual formation for inmates at the Travis State Jail in Austin each Saturday morning and a Scripture study program in the afternoon. Please consider joining us on occasion, along with members from our choir, Fr. Everado and volunteers from other parishes, as we reach out in an effort to help these inmates reorient their lives.
And, there are other ways to serve or assist in this ministry without going into prison or jail units. For example, the Ladies of Charity, through the operation of their Lake Travis Thrift Shop, contribute clothing for use by inmates upon their release or furlough from prison. Our rosary ministry makes rosaries for inmates, and the Knights of Columbus contribute rosary and other prayer guides for their use. To learn more about this ministry and how you can get involved, contact John Gilluly or visit the diocesan Criminal Justice Ministry web site.
ESL Teachers for Adults
Contact: Dora Galvan, (214) 549-6868
If you are interested in volunteering to teach adults English as a Second Language (ESL), please contact Dora for further information. You do not need to know Spanish or have teaching experience to help! [Click to download volunteer application.]
Family Support Ministry
Contact: Shari Bauer, (512) 769-8978
This ministry serves families and individuals who are in crisis due to illness, accidents, bereavement, etc. Ministry members offer meals, respite, light housekeeping, yard work, and prayer. A care plan is tailored for each family according to their needs and wishes.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Contact: Maria Soo
Mobile Loaves and Fishes is an ecumenical ministry. The mission of the truck ministry is to “provide food, clothing, and fellowship and promote dignity to our brothers and sisters in need” by stocking and manning trucks which visit the homeless where they are…on the streets of Austin and surrounding areas. To assist in this effort, the Mobile Loaves and Fishes ministry members of Emmaus Catholic Parish work with the truck ministries of St. Thomas More, Lake Hills Church, and St. John Neumann, making sandwiches, loading trucks, and delivering food, clothing, and hygiene products to the homeless and hungry. We welcome adults, families, youth members, social groups, and all who feel called to direct service to those in need to join us. Contact us to learn more.
Narcotics Anonymous - Lakeway Hope Group
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Pastoral B1
Meetings: Thursdays, 10:15 AM, Rm 205
Respect Life - Gabriel Project - Project Rachel
Contact: Lee Malkowski, (601) 927-8818
Emmaus Respect Life is committed to the preservation of human life and the human spirit through education on Respect Life issues and programs. Material and spiritual support is offered for women in pregnancy, post-abortion, or family abuse crises. Respect Life also leads community action, including legislative action that promotes respect for life. Volunteer time is flexible.
Day of Prayer at the local abortion clinic: Emmaus Catholic Parish will participate in the fall campaign of the ANNUAL PRO-LIFE PRAYER GATHERING at a local abortion facility. We will be asking for volunteers to sign up between 7 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Please visit with us in the narthex on the weekend of March 4 & 5 to choose your time slot and to learn more. Click Here to Sign-up for an Hour of Prayer.
The mission of the Gabriel Project is to plant the seed of God's love within the hearts of women who feel lost, alone and afraid - whether rich or poor, single, married, young or older. The need in an unplanned pregnancy is one of understanding and caring. We offer a resource network to support a mother's birth alternative - the gift of life - to give a hope for tomorrow. In addition to providing direction for guidance, Emmaus Catholic Parish collects and disburses diapers, clothing, and other essentials to mothers in need. Volunteers are always needed. Contact Linda Guilbert, (512) 261-3264.
Project Rachel, a compassionate and confidential ministry, extends God's unconditional love and forgiveness to women and men who experience the tragedy of abortion. By offering a safe place for those suffering to be reconciled with God and His Church, Project Rachel helps anyone who is suffereng after having an abortion (or as the result of a loved one's abortion) to experience God's mercy, forgiveness, and peace. [Click here for more information.]
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Contact: Chip Fink, (512) 698-6614
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization which leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are in need or suffering. Through a network of volunteers, the organization assists individuals and families with basic unmet needs including, but not limited to, rent, utilities, food, clothing, and transportation. In addition, the Society offers assistance with disaster relief and embraces other special works such as the Home Repair Program, the Thrift Store, and the Vehicle Donation Program. Society meetings are held at Queen of Angels Chapel. If you need help or know someone who does, or if you would like to volunteer with this ministry, call (512) 576-1744 and leave a detailed message.