Outreach

Bereavement support is available to individuals and families in an effort to ease the burden of their grief. St. Michael’s hosts a program called, “Beginning the Grief Journey,” presented by Merrimack Valley Hospice, for those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Participation: 6-week programs offered in the spring and fall.

Contact: Patricia Boutilier 978-686-4050

The Via Dolorosa Mom’s Bereavement Group meets once a month for mothers who are at different stages of grief and in need of support. Periodic speaker programs are also offered. Individual support and referral information is available as well.

Participation: Monthly meetings during the school year.

Contact: Patricia Boutilier 978-686-4050

Boys, grades 1-12, are taught life skills, leadership and responsibility. Parents are encouraged to participate.

Participation: Weekly meetings and special projects.

All boys are welcome to join scouting:
Cub Scouts for boys grades 1 to 5: www.stmichaelpack82.org
Boy Scouts for boys ages 11 to 18: www.stmichaeltroop82.org

Over 70 parishioners provide food for over 200 guests, served at Bread & Roses. The beautiful work being done at Bread & Roses is reflected in their Mission Statement: "As we become providers and receivers of bread as well as roses, our dream is to be a community where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, the naked clothed, the stranger welcomed, the
prisoner visited, and all are accepted without judgment.”

Witness: “20 years ago I started by sharing in my daughters’ community service project and here I am, today, enjoying the feeling of giving back to the community and serving those in need.” - K

Participation: Supply a small part of the meal every second Saturday of the month.

Contact:Diane Lafond at 978-687-7098

This is a monthly support group for those who care for a loved one affected by illness, memory loss or disability. The group offers the opportunity to take time out for yourself, to meet others going through similar experiences, and to learn about community resources.

Participation: First Thursday, October—June, 1-2pm

Contact:Patricia Boutilier 978-686-4050

This ministry is an outreach ministry that reaches out to a variety of groups to provide opportunities for friendship and assistance. The "Circles" and the services they offer are as follows:
  • Friendly Driving Circle – We will bring folks to Mass, the hair dresser, shopping, to the Senior Center, special events and more. Will also pick up medicine and run other errands.
  • Greeting Card Circle – We write and send out friendly cards and notes throughout the year to shut-in parishioners.
  • Friendly Visits – Make home or nursing home visits to elders in our parish community who are lonely and in need of some friendly companionship.
Opportunity to participate: Flexible
Contact:

Friendly Driving Circle - Jim Fernandez
Greeting Card Circle - Linda Ratte
Friendly Visits - Patricia Boutilier 978-686-4050

 

The mission of this ministry is to bring Christ in the Eucharist, to those unable to attend Sunday liturgies due to illness, infirmity or advanced age.

Participation: Monthly or weekly visits.

Witness: “I thought I was going to give of myself to others. Instead, I receive so much from those I visit! It’s such an honor!” - T

Contact:
Homebound - Patricia Boutilier 978-686-4050
Hospitals - Nancy Melvin 978-683-4205
Nursing Homes - Kathleen Gorman 978-681-5044

Good Neighbors provides support to parishioners who are struggling with hospitalization or recuperation, through good will and outreach. They drop off a meal or do an errand to ease the burden a bit.

Participation: Flexible..
Contact: Elaine Burke or Terese Pandolfo 978-686-4050

Blood pressure clinics and health tips are offered in the Parish Hall after Masses on Welcome Saturday and Sunday. Also, visits to homebound, if needed.

Participation: Nurses and health professionals volunteer once per month.
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Contact: Ann Maire Guggenberger and Pam Fallon - 978-686-4050

A fraternity of men, dedicated to honoring the Holy Name of Jesus by building community and faith, by acts of service and charity. They meet monthly and have an annual dinner.
THOUSAND CLUB: The Holy Name Society’s ongoing fundraiser. Participants pay an annual mem bership fee to be eligible for 12 monthly drawings held on the second Sunday of each month
Contact: Bob Kilcoyne 978-686-9383
Fraternal organization that assists those in need by raising money to provide for those needs, such as a special wheelchair for a paraplegic. The group is made up of Catholic men in good standing with the Church.

Contact: Peter Voisine 978-686-3135

Women gather to share their talents of sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting. They have crafted such wonderful things as stoles and chasubles for the priests, lectionary covers to coordinate with the liturgical seasons and quilts and afghans to raffle for fundraising or to give to those who need comfort.

Participation: Come any Wednesday, 9am-12noon in the Youth Ministry Center

Contact: Sandy Costanzo 978-686-4050

This is a grand, coordinated effort for the purpose of bringing the whole parish together as the Body of Christ! The annual parish picnic festival is held on the second Sunday of September, beginning with Mass on the North Andover Common, followed by a cookout and numerous activities for people of all ages!

Volunteering: Lots of people of all ages and talents needed!

Contact: Receptionist 978-686-4050

Prayer shawls, lap robes, baby blankets or prayer squares are crocheted or knitted for new babies, the homebound, sick, those who recently lost a loved one or someone who is just in need of a hug from God. Praying while creating and giving a Prayer Shawl lets all who receive one know that they are not alone. We will teach those interested how to knit or crochet.

Participation: Come any 1st or 3rd Wednesday, 9am-12noon, in the pastoral center!

Witness: “The caring that the other knitters have for one another – they are so kind – it amazes me! As we are creating each item, we know that whoever receives it will feel better because it’s made with love and compassion.” - J

Contact: Maureen Voisine 978-686-3135

This ministry provides prayer, education and service , focused on our basic belief that life is precious from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.

Contact: Receptionist 978-686-4050
St. Elizabeth Hospitality Ministry provides a warm welcome of hospitality, light refreshment and a chance to chat with fellow parishioners at our many parish events, such as Mass of Anointing or Mercy Meals. The members of this ministry may choose to bake, or buy food items, or may choose to participate in the set-up or clean up of the event, make coffee, serve food or maintain our supplies. Below represents a few regularly scheduled events of this ministry.

A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM: Our annual December event, serving festive sweets and good cheer!

SENIOR LUNCHEONS: We honor our senior citizens by serving and welcoming them to a luncheon, 3 times per year.

WELCOME SUNDAY DONUTS TEAM: On the first Sunday of each month, October-June, the members of the Donuts Team pick up the donuts, set up the donuts, coffee, and juice and clean-up for this popular gathering. Volunteers assist at either the 7:30am, 9am, or 10:30am Mass.

Contact: Pat Riley 978-686-4050

The members of the Video Ministry take turns taping the Sunday 10:30am Mass for broadcast on the North Andover cable channel so that they homebound know that they are very much a part of the parish community. The team also tries to be available to tape other parish events on request. Members are encouraged to join the NACAM membership base in order to have access to their studio and equipment. Training is available to anyone high school age and up.

Volunteering: One Mass every six weeks.

Contact: Jim McAloon 978-686-4050

The members of the Video Ministry take turns taping the Sunday 10:30am Mass for broadcast on the North Andover cable channel so that they homebound know that they are very much a part of the parish community. The team also tries to be available to tape other parish events on request. Members are encouraged to join the NACAM membership base in order to have access to their studio and equipment. Training is available to anyone high school age and up.

Volunteering: One Mass every six weeks.

Contact: Tom Ippolito 978-686-4050