with St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church and the Franciscan Center
If you’re looking for a specific way you can get involved, here is a list of current needs we have. Can you share your gifts?
If you’re interested in helping for these or anything else you can think of, contact Allison Holst-Grubbe, Director of Outreach & Volunteer Ministry by filling out the form here to volunteer.
Ministry of Liturgical Hospitality
Weekend volunteers needed during Masses
Weekend volunteers needed during the Saturday 4:00 pm, and Sunday 11:45 am and 5:00 pm Masses
We are seeking additional volunteers for our ministry of liturgical hospitality at our weekend afternoon Masses. Our sacristans, whom you see near the entrance of the church every weekend, are a small but mighty team who could use a week off now and then. Sacristans extend hospitality each week by opening the church, helping to prepare the sanctuary for Mass, greeting parishioners as they arrive, supervising the collection, and helping to clean up and secure the church after the Mass. This collection of tasks can be accomplished by one individual, in pairs or by a small team. If some of these tasks reflect your gifts and talents, please contact our Director of Volunteer Ministry, Allison Holst-Grubbe at [email protected] for more info!
Help feed the hungry for Pasta Tuesdays!
Pasta Tuesdays have started! We have space for volunteers the next few weeks, can you help?
Each Tuesday, we gather together pasta dishes parishioners make at home, heat them up, add a nice salad, pack individual servings and hand them out at our door, providing a hot meal to those in need.
We currently have a need for three more trays of pasta for Tuesday May 23rd and June 13th along with salad ingredients for those nights.
We are also looking for people to help pack and serve each week with an immediate need for May 30th and June 6th as our regulars are both out of town those weeks.
A tray of pasta is 1 pound of pasta with your favorite ingredients – baked ziti meat or cheese; sauce and cheese, chicken and vegetables.
Salad fixings include 4 heads of lettuce or 2 large bags of lettuce, if we have cucumbers or tomatoes or colorful peppers, we add those in too!
News and Needs from Our Church Gardens
Our church grounds are beginning to bud and bloom, a sure sign of hope and of beauty. The perennials are popping up shrubs are flowering. We are looking for a few more garden volunteers to help weed and maintain our gorgeous gardens throughout the coming season. Please consider joining us for easy tasks and socializing outside. Flexibility and fun are our only guidelines. An hour or two a week, or a month, would be welcome!
Thanks for considering and helping keep our grounds beautiful.
Livestream Camera Operator
Our livestream camera operators bring our liturgies to those unable to attend in person. Opportunities to serve include Saturday 4pm Mass, Sunday 10am Mass, or other occasional special events. Contact Allison at [email protected] for more info!
Weekend Volunteer Opportunities
Weekends at St. Patrick – St. Anthony don’t simply “happen”. Many volunteers work together to help us gather as a community during and outside of Mass. Please consider whether these volunteer opportunities might be a way for you to share your gifts with us!
Front desk greeter before and during 8AM Mass on Sundays
Sacristan at weekend Masses
Livestream camera operator at 4PM or 10AM Masses
Interested? Contact Allison at [email protected] for more info!
On March 29, we wrapped up the Cold Weather Emergency Shelter “No-Freeze Shelter” meal program for 2023. Our efforts included 18 weeks of providing meals to a shelter in Hartford. To put that in perspective, we provided 2,160 hot meals!!
We are grateful to the many people who contributed and participated in this ministry, from coordinators, meal captains, shoppers, and volunteer cooks. Special thanks also to Salute Restaurant for their support.
Altar Servers Needed!
ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED No experience is necessary – we will train you. You can choose which Masses and how often you serve. Have you ever considered serving as a parent /child ministry? This could be a great experience for a parent and child to serve during Mass together. Please contact Deb Pelletier at [email protected] for more information.
Volunteer with our Partner Organizations
St. Patrick – St. Anthony and the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry have many local organizations that we partner with to help more people. The below volunteer opportunities are directly with some of those organizations. Reach out to the contact info in each listing to get involved!
House of Bread
Our Volunteers are vital to our mission and without them, we would not be able to accomplish all that we do. Right now, we are especially in need of the following help:
- Individuals to drive the HOB van every other Tuesday, from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, to pick up food from CT Foodshare in Bloomfield back to our facilities on Chestnut Street.
- Substitute drivers who can fill in on an as needed basis Monday-Friday, between 9:00 am and 10:30 am, to pick up food from Trader Joe’s in West Hartford and deliver to area community partners.
- Need a current Driver’s License
- Need to be able to lift 25 lb. box
- Individuals who are willing to help clients apply for jobs.
- Need basic comfort level using a computer
- Individuals who can convert some documents that we only have paper copies to electronic format.
- Individuals who can teach English to immigrants and refugees in our education program in the South end of Hartford.
- Classes are Monday thru Thursday, in the mornings – we ask that tutors commit to one day (or more) per week for the semester
- No formal education training needed, only patience and a willingness to help
Please contact us at [email protected] if you can help. Our staff looks forward to working with you!
Help Levo International get started for a new season of planting in the garden! Dates and activities are available on their website at https://levointernational.org/volunteer
Ready to volunteer?
Contact Allison Holst-Grubbe, Director of Outreach & Volunteer Ministry
Not sure what you’re looking for?
Check out our ministries page to see how you can get involved today!
Check out our Outreach events through the Franciscan Center