Blanket Buddies

Throughout the year, volunteers knit, crochet, quilt, sew, purchase, or donate towards materials for blankets of all sizes – from newborn to adult- to be distributed in the fall.  There is no membership and no quota of blankets to make or buy.  Once a year in September, these volunteers bring their blanket donations to a parish location to be distributed to various agencies, e.g. the CHP, Fire Department, migrant farm workers, and others.  Volunteers can also help with packaging the blankets on the distribution day.

Contact: Olga Trimboli  Email: parishoffice@sjasr.org  Phone: 925-830-0600

Christian Family Movement

Christian Family Movement (CFM) is a national network of small groups of Catholics and their families.  Parents meet regularly in one another’s homes.  Through the use of lessons that pertain to everyday life, and group discussions,Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in service to others.  Time commitment each month is 3-6 hours for adult meetings and family socials.

Contact: Mike & Cathy Glazzy: mglazzy@gmail.com   Phone: 209-610-9637

Collection Counters Ministry

The collection counters meet every Monday morning to count the money collected on the previous weekend.  There are two separate groups of counters so we alternate counting duties every other week.  We prepare the deposit to be taken to the bank that day and fill out forms for the information to be printed in the Sunday bulletin.

Contact: Eileen Lofy  Email: irishlofy@aol.com  Phone: 925-838-8796

Catholic Youth Organization – Basketball Program

CYO is a sports program offered as a ministry to youth by parishes in the Diocese of Oakland.  The CYO program, through the vehicle of sports, provides youths, 3rd through 8th grade, boys and girls, with an opportunity to practice Christian attitudes and responsibilities, to play in a Christian atmosphere, to develop physical skills, to learn sportsmanship, and to become friends with children throughout the Diocese.

Contact: Matt Zocchi  Email: coachzocchi@gmail.com   For more information: http://www.stjoancyo.com

CYO: Catholic Youth Organization – Track Program

CYO track and field is also a youth ministry in the Diocese as stated for CYO basketball.  Our Cross Country program starts at the end of August and runs through mid-October with our All Diocese Championship meet.  Adults with this passion are encouraged to coach and supervise.

Track and Field runs mid-February through mid-May.  Again, adult participation is encouraged to the extent you are available.

Contact: Rafael Zamora Email: zorrozix@aol.com Phone: 510-773-1833  For more information: http://www.eteamz.com/stistjcyoxc

Family to Family

A program of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Family to Family is a parish-based ministry.   It is comprised of parishioners from various parishes in the Oakland Diocese who volunteers their gifts of time and talents including small financial and material support to a local family as selected.  A team of 6-10 families are trained in 3 sessions outlining poverty, purpose, process, understanding clients and most importantly team work to name a few.  The purpose of the Family to Family Partnership Program is to strengthen our community involvement and make a difference in the lives of impoverished families by helping them become sustainable.

Contact: Lisa Roberts Email: llr1@sbcglobal.net Phone: 925-830-0600

Finance Committee

(By invitation of the Pastor) The new finance Council’s mission is to make the finances of the parish transparent to all parishioners, ensure that the parish finances are sound, and put in place proper controls according to Diocesan policy and procedures.  Time commitment is approximately 2 hours a month.

Contact: Patrick Camp Email: finance@sjasr.org

Food for Friends

Food for Friends exists to serve the hungry. We provide food to five different local agencies. Food is solicited from the St. Joan’s parishioners once a month and FFF workers sort and box it after the 9 am Mass on the third Sunday of the month. We welcome anyone who can help for a few minutes to a few hours per month.

Contact: Michael Riley  Email: mor4sramon@aol.com

Giving Tree

The St. Joan of Arc Giving Tree is an annual outreach ministry. It takes place between the first and third week of Advent.  Our first meeting is in September.  Jobs involve being a liaison for agencies, cutting out ornaments and stringing and labeling the ornaments.  There is also the sorting of gifts and driving the gifts to the agencies.

Contact: Kathy Barnard  Email: kfmbarnard19@aol.com  Phone: 925-838-0443

Gospel Justice

Guided by the principle, “To be Christ for others as Christ is for us, “the St. Joan of Arc Gospel Justice Committee, through education, advocacy, solidarity and community organizing, works within our parish and the world, to increase awareness of Catholic social teachings and to provide opportunities for its parishioners to participate in direct outreach and service to those in need.

Contact: Patrick Shandonay Email: patrick.j.shandonay@gmail.com

Grief Workshop Facilitators

We facilitate spring and fall workshops designed to support adults who are grieving the death of a loved one and help them understand the grieving process.  This is a peer ministry.  All the ministers have suffered losses of loved ones and have found that being able to talk about their loss with people who understand has helped them on their journey of healing.  The ministers prepare in advance their story of loss, select appropriate music, rehearse and perform other supporting activities.  At the workshop we setup and take down meeting space, get necessary items for the rituals, facilitate small group sharing, share our own grief story and call each participant once a week to check in on them.

Contact: Joan Doyle  Email: parishoffice@sjasr.org  Phone: 925-830-0600

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal and service organization for Catholic men. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members.  It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.  Membership in the K of C is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 18 years old.

Contact: Ron Susa  Email: rjsu@yahoo.com For more information: http://www.kofc9206.org/

Pastoral Council

We are a visionary body that meets monthly and is represented by 9 parishioners, a staff member, and our Pastor.  The Council acts on behalf of our Pastor to garner/assess Parish feedback and assists in the creation of the strategic plan for the Parish.  Candidates may self select or be nominated and go through a 3 week, 1 1/2 hour per week discernment process in May.  The three selected for that year by the existing Council begin their three-year term in June.

Contact: Stephanie King  Email: stephanie.king6@gmail.com  Phone:925 548-8658

People of Life

A culture of life begins with a personal decision to respect the dignity of others.  The People of Life Committee endeavors to bring education and awareness of the Catholic Church’s teaching on many life issues so that we fully give resources, aid and spiritual support to those in need.

Contact: Karen Barry  Phone: 925 828-7033

Prison Ministry

The prison ministry consists of visiting the Federal Correctional Institution and the Santa Rita County Jail in Dublin, attending services and doing communion services.  Volunteers can participate in many ways: visit the housing units, pray with the residents or read scripture with them; help some residents who are studying for the GED with their math or English skills; bring reading material to the residents.  Time commitment is about 1-2 hours each visit and the number of visits can be determined by the volunteer.

Contact: Pete Garcia  Email: pgarcia2003@netzero.net   Phone: 925 830-8965

Special Needs and Autism Support Group

We are a group of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and interested parties who gather on the fourth Monday evening of the month for support, education and sharing.  We share our love, joys and challenges in a completely non-judgmental and confidential setting.

Contact: Sue Walsh  Email: sbwjobs1@mac.com  Phone: 925-820-2140

St. Mary’s Center Dinners

At least four times a year we solicit food and helpers from the congregation to feed needy seniors at the Saint Mary’s Center.  Tasks may include planning the meal and what donations are needed, placing the donation boards at the church, place announcements in the Sunday bulletin, arranging for announcements after Mass and managing volunteer helpers, picking up the donations, delivering them to St. Mary’s, preparing and serving the meal and cleaning up after the meal is complete.
Contact: Ron Lommori  Email: 1ronanddana@att.net      Phone: 925-837-0102

St. Vincent de Paul

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering tangible assistance to those in need on a person to person basis, aware that service to our brother and sister in need is in fact an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.  The St. Joan of Arc Conference helps in caring for physical needs of those in financial crisis within the parish and the larger community.  We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 P.M.
Contact: Bill Hurley Email: parishoffice@sjasr.org  Phone: 925-830-0600