The Outreach area coordinates the ministries of pastoral care, social services, and peace and justice. Its scope includes outreach to both the parish membership and the larger community, in the neighborhood and beyond.
Responsibilities: Fosters a parish-wide awareness of each parishioner’s responsibility to recognize and serve those in need; insures that the physical needs of the sick, homebound and handicapped are met by providing food and other services to them; oversees people’s requests for spiritual aid through visitation in homes, hospitals and nursing homes are met; fosters an active evangelization program for the spiritual needs of prisoners; promoting programs that emphasize respect for life, from the unborn to death; forms special task groups to handle periodic service projects in the parish, such as food collections, clothing and/or money for the needy; provides physical awareness programs for better health to all parishioners.
Ministries: Bereavement, St. Vincent de Paul, Manna Givers, Parish Food Delivery, Blood Assurance Program, Prison Ministry, Emergency Preparedness, Habitat for Humanity, Hospital Ministry, Interfaith Federation, Nursing Home Ministry, Respect Life Ministry, and Retrouvaille for Marriages in Distress.
This incredible ministry provides spiritual, physical and moral support to families experiencing the loss of a loved one. Volunteers assist in the preparation of the funeral liturgy, family participation during the funeral Mass, and at times a rosary service at the funeral home. Volunteers also have the opportunity to provide food after the service and maintain contact with the family. If you feel called to walk with our parishioners and extended family that have lost a loved one please share your time, heart and compassion with the Bereavement Ministry. Contact: Jo Ann Webre
St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Thomas More Parish
These volunteers help serve the neediest in our parish area. Volunteers committed to this ministry are trained on-site by an existing volunteer and then work in teams to visit and talk with the needy in an effort to find solutions to the problems many of them face and to provide for them the basic necessities of living. Contact: Mike Nola
STM Manna Givers Ministry
One of the Corporal Works of Mercy we are called to serve as Catholic-Christians is to feed the hungry. Each month various teams of volunteers from St. Thomas More cook and serve an evening meal at one of the three St. Vincent de Paul/Bishop Shelter location for homeless men and women since the shelters have no kitchen facilities. Most teams serve once a month; some every other month. Those interested in forming or joining a team please sign up. Contact: Parish Office
Partnership Food Delivery
The St. Thomas More Partnership Food Delivery Ministry volunteers transport the non-perishable food items donated by the parishioners on the third Sunday of each month. Volunteers are needed to help deliver the food to the St. Paul’s Center Food Bank on the Monday after the food collection. Contact: Larry Gibson
Blood Assurance Program
STM Parishioners are covered by a blood assurance program administered by the Blood Bank of Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center. Three blood drives are held each year in the Activity Center. Sign-up to donate blood occurs the weekend prior to the blood drive. Walk-ins are also welcome. Contact: Richard Gaudin
Prison Ministry is run by several volunteers, together with other parishes within the Diocese of Baton Rouge. These volunteers work together for the betterment of those incarcerated within the prison systems of East Baton Rouge Parish and beyond. They strive to provide for the physical, spiritual, social and educational needs of the inmates as well as their families. Volunteers are fully trained through the Diocese of Baton Rouge to further empower them to serve more effectively. Visiting the imprisoned brings hope of new life to those whose mistakes have cost them their freedom. It is also one of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy we as Catholic Christians can participate in. Contact: Jim Pitchford
The Emergency Preparedness Ministry was established in order to be better prepared when our facilities are used as a shelter or distribution point during a disaster. This includes the loading and unloading of supplies, organizing donated food and goods, addressing electrical needs, providing security, and ministering to those who may be sheltered in our facilities with religious activities, comfort and entertainment. Volunteers for the Emergency Preparedness Ministry are those who are called to share time with others, be physically able to carry goods, be skilled at organizing donations and implementing drive-through distribution lines, and be willing to lend a helpful hand and caring smile. Contact: Mark Jurey
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is one of the most powerful ministries. It takes a complete array of volunteers to make the build a success for the new homeowner. This ministry works to eliminate poverty housing and make affordable, decent housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat builds houses, working together with the future homeowner to improve living conditions and to foster community spirit. Volunteers are needed during the weekdays on Wednesdays. The annual weekend build is estimated to begin in late Spring of 2018. Contact: Jerry Campbell
The role of the Interfaith Federation Ministry is to be a liaison between St. Thomas More and the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. The mission is to pursue unity, justice and peace through interfaith cooperation. They meet and dialog with members of other faith communities to create mutual understanding and respect. Activities include visitations to other places of worship, forums and dinners to brainstorm issues that affect us all; a community prayer breakfast and a community concert. Contact: Eleanor Perret
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the Federal HIPAA Laws local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes are no longer giving the parish office patient information. PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE AS SOON AS YOU, A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND IS IN NEED OF A VISIT.
The Hospital Ministry volunteers visit parishioners who are hospitalized at one of the three area hospitals: Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge General-MidCity, or Baton Rouge General-Bluebonnet Blvd. Each volunteer is assigned a hospital once every three or four weeks. Visits are made on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays and last no more than ten minutes per patient. Their mission is to be a channel of grace to bring and offer a connection between the parish and the patient. Contact: Suzanne Lavergne
Nursing Home Ministry
The parish serves two nursing homes which are within the geographical boundaries: The Care Center and Capital House. Both are in dire need of consistent volunteers to help set-up for monthly Masses and weekly Communion Services held on Tuesdays at 9:30am. Also needed are volunteers to visit the residents and assist in special seasonal celebrations held throughout the year. The residents are deeply grateful for the time spent with the volunteers. Please consider this as a way to visit and comfort those in need of special services. Contact: Deacon Joe Scimeca
Respect Life Ministry
Through prayer, outreach, education and political action, Respect Life Ministry volunteers strive to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church with regards to the protection and sanctification of life and families. They raise the consciousness of the parish through the awareness months of October and January, and also maintain a formation program throughout the year. They also participate in diocesan, local and nationally sponsored events including the March for Life in Washington D.C., the Louisiana Life March and The 40 Days for Life. Contract: Shelly Romero