Autism and Special Needs Support Group

We are a group of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and interested parties who gather on the fourth Tuesday 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

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 Email: mglazzy@gmail.com   Phone: 209-610-9637

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   Website: 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  Website: http://www.eteamz.com/stistjcyoxc

Finance Council

(By invitation of the Pastor) The 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

Habitat for Humanity

St. Joan of Arc’s branch of Habitat for Humanity, a national organization, is for adults and teens over 16 years of age to assist in building homes to be sold to hardworking, low income families. No experience or special skills are needed, training is on site. All you need is a positive outlook, a willingness to work hard and a desire to help the less fortunate. A typical workday runs from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and St. Joan of Arc participates in a Build Day the 2nd Saturday of each month.    Visit our Facebook page at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church – Habitat for Humanity. Contact: Aimee Johns Email: aimeejohns2003@yahoo.com Phone: 530-828-9260

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  Website:http://www.kofc9206.org/

Loaves and Fishes

The mission of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County is to provide community based food programs and partner services that focus on basic nees. With thousands of volunteers they serve over 170,000 meals each year.  According to the Contra Costa Times they are one of the most cost-effective charitable organizations in the Bay Area and are second only to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties in efficiency.  St. Joan of Arc volunteers serve at Martinez and Pittsburg soup kitchens and help prepare meals at Pittsburg Central Kitchen.  We welcome new volunteers to serve with us.  This is a great way to make a difference in our county, meet new friends in the parish and bring Christ to others.  Contact: Angela Rivello Email: angelarivello@mac.com Phone: 925 828-2025

Pastoral Council

We are a visionary and consultative 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 collaborates in the creation of the strategic plan for the Parish.  Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated for a vacant position.  Those selected for that year by the Pastor 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: Randy Starkweather  Email: rpstarkweather@sbcglobal.net   Phone: 925 830-8965

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 PM. Contact: Bill Hurley Email: parishoffice@sjasr.org  Phone: 925-830-0600