St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society, founded in 1833, began in our parish in 1959. The mission is to help the poor and disadvantaged in our community. We also partner with SVDP societies in poor nations. Currently, we have partnered with Ste. Therese conference in Jeremie, Haiti. Members also reach out to homebound parishioners -though this ministry is currently on hold due to the pandemic. This group is inspired by God’s command to care for those most in need and focused on tangible social justice initiatives.
How are we supported? The poor box in the vestibule is our main means of support.
How to donate? A cheque made out to St. Joseph-St. Vincent de Paul can be dropped off in the poor box or in the Sunday collection. Tax receipts are issued in January. This year, the SVDP collection will be held on the weekend of October 9/10. Please use a separate envelope with your name and address or use the envelope provided with your boxed set. You can also e-transfer your donation to email@example.com with SVDP in the memo box.
A desire to help, empathy for others and the ability to listen is the Vincentian outlook. We meet once a month.
For further information, contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 289-260-6375.
Development & Peace Committee
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, a democratic movement for international solidarity, supports partners in the Global South in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust social, political, and economic structures. It educates the Canadian population about the causes of impoverishment of peoples and mobilizes actions for change.
In the struggle for human dignity, Development and Peace associates with social change groups in the North and South. It supports women in their search for social and economic justice.
Development and Peace, the official development organization of the Canadian Catholic Church, is inspired by the values of the Gospel, particularly “the preferential option for the poor.”
Our local parish committee brings these needs to the local parish and helps us to raise funds, awareness and prayer for our brothers and sisters all over the world.
Knights of Columbus- Our Lady of the Lake Council 4917
The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benevolent society based upon the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The goal of the Knights of Columbus is to enhance the corporal and spiritual needs of our families, our parish, our community, and our diocese. The parish council is extremely active in the parish and community at large. All men of the parish are encouraged to become Knights. The Knights are always seeking good Catholic men who want to be better Catholic men. Vivat Jesus!
Catholic Women’s League (CWL)
The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) membership in the parish is over 140 women of faith. All women are encouraged to come out and make friends, get involved and experience faith, fun and fulfillment by being an active CWL member.
Meeting are held every second month from September to June and some type of social or spiritual event takes place in the alternating months. A few of the annual events that are hosted by the CWL include: the Communion Breakfast, Spring Plant Sale, Potluck Dinner, Poinsettia Sale, and a Christmas social. There are many opportunities for spiritual growth through conferences, retreats, and conventions. The parish CWL is also connected to regional and diocesan events. All women are welcome to join. For further information, contact Joanne Vander Laan at 905 570 4479 or email@example.com
Divorced and Separated Healing Ministry
The Diocesan Separated & Divorced Healing Ministry Support Group meets every second and fourth Monday of the month (except holidays) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, 7020 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
For our pamphlet, information, and registration call 905-356-4113 or 905-684-0154, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-registration is required. Meetings will be held both in person at Mount Carmel and virtually via Zoom platform. Use the contact information provided to pre-register. Click here for the current schedule
Ruth’s Sisters (currently paused)
Ruth’s Sisters is a group dedicated to supporting one another in life’s journey as widows.
We are not alone. The group meetings, which take place on the last Sunday of each month, provide a safe place to come for understanding, friendship and finding joy in our lives.
We come together through faith
Stay together through circumstances
Cope together through sharing
Are together through caring
Moms & Tots (currently paused)
The St. Joseph’s Moms & Tots group meets each Thursday for a time of fellowship and prayer. You are invited to join as we teach our kids about the faith through age appropriate songs and activities, while fostering fellowship as fellow moms. All mothers and young children are welcome.
For over 25 years, a dedicated group of parishioners have been gathering several times a year to make 300-400 dozen perogies as a fund raiser for St. Joseph’s. This is not only an opportunity to raise funds, but also to build community. Members gather to work together, laugh, break bread, and raise funds through the sale of delicious perogies to support evangelization projects. The Motto of the group is – “We Don’t Bite, But We Do Pinch” 😊