Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO)
Affiliated with the Kansas City CCO, members of this group interview individuals in the congregation to understand their needs and concerns, with the intention of joining together to improve the quality of life in our community, especially by participating in and influencing our political and democratic institutions. CCO meets monthly.
Handmade for Neighbors
Knitters, crocheters, and handcrafters gather weekly (on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. in the St. Peter’s Legacy Center) to create hats and scarves to help our needy neighbors stay warm and cozy. We also pray weekly for those recipients. Handmade items go to St. Peter’s Christmas Basket program, the St. James Bus Stop Ministry, and Operation Breakthrough. Free patterns, yarn, needles, and instruction.
St. Peter’s Social Service Ministry includes many programs and activities to give our neighbors in need a helping hand. Please e-mail Dan if you’d like to help with any of these ministries that serve our neighbors in need. Our Social Services ministries include:
• Blood Drive
Volunteers help sign up donors, prepare and work the blood drives scheduled three times annually. Donors are encouraged to call Dan Needham to set up an appointment or you can register online. Watch for notices of these blood drive events in parish media.
• Bus Passes (donation)
• Christmas Giving Program
Volunteers collect and prepare food and gift donations for distribution to local families in need. Watch for the call for volunteers in December.
• Community Garden
Volunteers are responsible for planting, weeding and watering, and harvesting the garden here at St. Peter’s. Produce is given to the poor and elderly through our food pantry.
• Food Pantry
Through numerous food drives within the school and parish St Peter’s is able to maintain an inventory of non-perishable food items that serve over 500 clients within our parish boundaries every year. There are many opportunities to volunteer.
• Ministry to the Sick, Hospitalized, and Homebound
Volunteers visit and take Communion to those unable to attend Mass.
• St. James Food Kitchen
Teams of parishioners help to serve warm meals to the neediest in our community. St. Peter’s teams volunteer one (sometimes two) Wednesday evenings each month at St. James Food Kitchen.
• Utility Assistance (donation)
SPOT (Sister Parish Outreach Team)
Our Sister Parish Outreach Team is a group of parishioners who work on the continuing relationship with our sister parish in El Salvador, San Francisco de Asis, including supporting high school and university students with their education. Delegations to El Salvador are organized annually. I you’d like to find out more about this ministry, click here!
St. Peter’s Urban Village strives to strengthen social and economic opportunities throughout our entire parish boundaries through innovative partnerships with individuals, families, and organizations. Project and activities are focused on three areas, including Seniors, Youth, and Housing. If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact one of the chairs below. Events and activities are publicized in parish media, when we’re recruiting volunteers for projects. To find out about some of the projects Urban Village has been participating in, click here.
Fr. Steve Cook