FAST is a congregation-based community organization bringing together congregations of faith to powerfully address injustice and poverty in Pinellas County. The mission of FAST is to engage people of different faiths in a process of listening, education and action in order to address community issues in a powerful way.
Our parish is actively involved in FAST and we invite you to help our seniors, the poor, and disabled of our county.
|Required of Participants||Attend three meetings per year.|
Dependent on our parishioners’ generous donation of money and non-perishable food, Vincentians are able to provide the poor of our area with pantry items as well as financial aid for rent, utilities and other necessities. The parish St. Vincent de Paul hours are 9:00 am to 10:00 am, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the St. John Bosco Center. Food donations are always needed and can be left in the box in the narthex of the church or in the St. John Bosco Center. This is an International Society of Charity offering person-to-person service to the poor and needy, regardless of race, color or creed.
St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are called Vincentians. If you would like to share some of your talent and time with which you have been blessed, please consider ministry in this society.
|Volunteer Position||Minister to the Needy|
|Required of the Volunteer||Volunteer meets with client to obtain pertinent information, determines client’s needs (food, financial, etc.), and, with the help of the group, determine what kind of financial help can be given.|
|Training required||On the job training is given.|
|Time Commitment||1-6 hours per week.|
Pinellas Hope is a temporary emergency shelter for over 250 homeless men and women, located in Clearwater on 20 acres provided by Bishop Robert N. Lynch and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. It opened its doors on December 1, 2007. Background checks are done on all the residents and case managers meet with them on a regular basis to set goals towards self-sufficiency. They also assist the residents with job and housing placement and perform follow up visits with them six months after they leave the shelter.
The Jail Ministry is part of a diocesan group that visits the imprisoned sharing the sacraments and offering socialization and comfort.
|Volunteer Position||Jail Minister|
|Required of the Volunteer||To visit those in jail with another minister, sharing prayer, the Eucharist, support and comfort.|
|Training Required||Yes, the same training as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and special diocesan training.|