Community outreach

Advent Sharing Program

This ministry provides an opportunity for the parish to reach out and help agencies in need during the Christmas season.  These agencies are in Glastonbury and Hartford.  Team members make contact with the receiving agencies and arrange for gift cards to be distributed to these groups to address their needs.  Additional activities include coordinating the publicity and preparing gifts for presentation.

  • Preparation period is over two months, ending the week before Christmas
  • Various lengths of commitment available
  • Contact: George Jachimowski 860-568-7274 or shadownell@comcast.net

Feed the Homeless

Different parish groups participate in the cooking and serving of a dinner at the Immaculate Conception Homeless Shelter on the first Friday of each month.  Providing publicity, as well as developing menus and assisting with cooking is involved.  Time commitment can vary.

  • Meals are provided on the first Friday of the month from November to May
  • Contact: George Jachimowski 860-568-7274 or shadownell@comcast.net.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus, Council 2533, is a fraternal organization of Catholic men age 18 and over.  Programs center around church, family community, youth, council and pro-life, wherever the need is greatest.  As the strong right arm of the church they sponsor various church related activities.

  • K of C Council 2533 encompasses ­ all parishes in Glastonbury and Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Sacrament in East Hartford
  • The Knights maintain strong ties to the pastors of these churches
  • Activities are planned to raise funds to support charities such as Special Olympics
  • Keep Christ in Christmas is a program of the Knights of Columbus
  • The Knights of Columbus provide an honor guard for various functions such as Confirmation or a Mass said by visiting hierarchy
  • Contact: John L. Ruggiero, Parish Round Table Coordinator at 860-633-3126 or mmrugy@snet.net

Lenten Giving Program

This ministry provides an opportunity for every parish member to participate in “alms giving” during the Lenten Season.  The team collects and distributes specific household items for local charities.  Each week the parish members are asked to provide specific items which the team then distributes.  The team must plan and coordinate the collection and distribution of items, as well as handle publicity.

  • There is a moderate amount of time spent on collection and distribution; one to two months leading up to the collection time and over the four weeks of Lent during which collections are made
  • Approximately one-half hour weekly for distribution to the charity
  • Contact: George Jachimoski 860-568-7274 or shadownell@comcast.net

Men’s Retreat 

A retreat is a “gift to yourself – a way to step aside from everyday concerns to relax and careyour soul.  A time for rest, reflection and prayer.”  There is an annual retreat at the Holy Family Monastery for all men of the parish.  The committee develops the plan for the retreat, coordinates the publicity, coordinates activities for the weekend of the retreat and reports to the pastor on the direction and the progress of the program.

  • Contact: George Jachimowski 860-568-7274 or shadownell@comcast.net

Mother and Child Ministry

The purpose of this group is to honor the role of motherhood and provide mothers the invaluable opportunity to connect and encourage one another. The aim is twofold. Firstly, to reach out to the mothers of recently baptized children and secondly, to provide support, encouragement, prayer and instruction to all young mothers.  The format is as follows:  opening prayer, fellowship, discussion of a church document or book supporting our vocation, Gospel reflection, final prayer.  Free babysitting is provided – not child care.

  • Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
  • If bringing children for babysitting, please arrive at 9:00 a.m. to settle children
  • If you wish to volunteer in some way to support this group, there are opportunities available (babysitting, organizing play dates, Mom’s night out, etc)
  • Contact: Tonya Brownell 860-655-9482 or tonya.brownell@gmail.com
  • Deacon Steve Weaver – clergy support

Naubuc Green Birthday Party

Naubuc Green is a senior low income housing apartment complex subsidized by the federal government’s HUD (Housing and Urban Development Division). St. Paul takes responsibility for coordinating a birthday party for all residents during the month of November.

  • Contact with the Entertainment Director at Naubuc Green is made and plans are put into motion for the event. A birthday cake and entertainment are provided.  The party lasts about one hour
  • Contact: George Jachimowski  860-568-7274 or shadownell@comcast.net

Health Care Ministry

Since 2004, the St. Paul Parish Nurses have assisted and supported parishioners with their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. They continue to offer compassionate care, health education, health advocacy and also serve as liaisons to available community services. Programs are offered throughout the year to educate parishioners in a variety of topics. Blood pressure screenings are offered on a monthly basis. Whether you would like to speak confidentially to one of our Parish Nurses or if you would like to volunteer in our Ministry either as an RN or as a non-RN ministry volunteer, your call is always welcome.

  • To volunteer as an RN, you must show a valid CT RN license, as well as a copy of your driver’s license
  • Monthly meeting is held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Paul south wing conference room
  • Blood pressure screenings are held after each Mass on the second full weekend of the month
  • Contact: Co-coordinators – Donna Ruggiero 860-633-3126  or Lorraine Jacobs  860-263-7566

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry is meant to reach out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy.  Hopefully, those who wear their shawls or use their lap blankets will feel the love that goes into making each and every one of them. Each volunteer takes yarn home with them and works on the shawl/lap blanket at their leisure at home. Whether you knit or crochet, or want to learn, there are plenty of expert helpers to get you started.

If you wish to obtain a shawl or lap blanket or to join the ministry please call the contact person below.

  • Meetings are every third Thursday of the month (not during July and August) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the St. Paul library
  • Contact: Rosemary Nemecek 860-659-4899

Pro-Life

The mission of the Pro-Life Committee is to promote the gift of life at all stages. A culture of life is fostered within our parish by facilitating educational programs and providing information on topics to include creation, contraception, abortion, natural family planning, marriage and end-of-life issues. Many activities are provided in which members can become involved. New members from both St. Paul and St. Augustine churches are always welcome.

  • Meetings are held periodically as needed
  • Contact: Suzanne Allen 860-338-4235

St. Paul Men’s Club

Tracing its beginnings back to 1950, the Men’s Club serves our parish by: promoting the spiritual welfare of its members and hosting social activities, as well as materially and socially, providing scholarship aid to selected Parish children attending college. In addition to the events organized for the membership, the Men’s Club actively supports a host of parish activities and is well known for its famous weekly Bingo fundraiser.

  • Annual dues of $10 are used to help defray the costs of our annual kick off dinner and Christmas party, as well as a number of other events throughout the year
  • All men 18 years of age or older who are members or former members of St. Paul or St. Augustine Parishes or whose families are members or former members of St. Paul Parish are invited to join
  • Board meets monthly
  • Membership meets every other month
  • Contact: Contact parish office for information 860-633-9419

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an International Lay Catholic organization.  This group leads members to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those poor and disadvantaged in their own community.

  • All cases confidential
  • Amount of time spent depends directly upon number of calls for help
  • There is a requirement for membership—to learn about the Society and how it works
  • There are obligatory monthly meetings
  • Contact: Melissa Lacafta, 860-633-9419

Van Rides

The Rides Ministry has been operating for about 20 years.  Any parishioner can utilize this ministry in order to get to church.  St. Paul Parish owns and maintains a van for this singular purpose.  Volunteer drivers operate the van at one Mass per month.

  • Rides are available for Saturday Vigil Mass, Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass and Holy Days
  • Van drivers must provide a valid CT driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Contact: Pat Treacy, patrick.treacy@staffmark.com, 860-657-9786

Women’s Retreat 

The women’s retreat takes place at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat House in Farmington, CT. The weekend is a call for women to set aside time for them and experience their God. Women of all ages and walks of life are welcome to discover the peace and beauty found at Our Lady of Calvary. The retreat house is an ideal place to get out of the fast lane, set aside the stresses of daily activity and give you an opportunity to grow.

Retreats begin Friday evening with registration at 7:00 p.m. and close on Sunday by 12:30 p.m.  The themed weekends provide conference talks by the retreat team, small group discussions, and a priest who is available each weekend for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

  • Traditionally scheduled in early January
  • For additional information about this retreat, as well as other programs that are offered at Our Lady of Calvary, go to www.ourladyofcalvary.com
  • Contact: Gina Dolan, Retreat Promoter 860-432-8879