St Monica has a variety of Volunteer Opportunities available for those interested to serve in the church, the parish and the surrounding communities. Detailed information can be found within this site.
Please also be sure to check the calendar section for individual opportunities throughout the year.
For more information on any volunteer opportunity, feel free to contact the parish office at 925.376.6900. We look forward to welcoming your services.
Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program - Again this holiday season, the St. Monica community will join with Monument Crisis Center to help brighten Christmas for needy low-income families in our area. For more than 40 years, the Share the Spirit Program has provided the simplest holiday traditions for families. As in past years, St. Monica has 50 families this year - 25 families with 2 children and 25 families with 3 children. Each adopted family receives the following: 2 gifts for each family member under 18, one family gift and enough grocery gift cards for a nice holiday meal. Your gifts must be dropped off at the Church on the morning of December 5 to be delivered to the Monument Crisis Center.
Forms and program guidelines are available in the Parish Center and the Rectory Office.
Register today and leave the completed form in the designated box in the Parish Center or Rectory Offices or fax to (925.376.9796).
Call Martha White (925.377.5333 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Annette Finnane (925.376.2313 or email@example.com).
Bethany Ministry - Join this Bethany Ministry of prayer and support to help grieving families as they hold funerals in our parish for their loved ones. Sign up required; participate as you are available. Contact Sr. Mary La Salette at 925.376.6900 x112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Liturgy - Open to both High School Youth and Adults, help celebrate the Sunday readings during Children's Liturgy of the Word with children K-5th grade during the 9am and 11am masses from September - July.
Eucharistic Ministers - If you would like to know more about serving the church by participating in the Eucharistic Ministry to assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during the mass, please contact Susan Gindy at 925.276.6900 x203 or email@example.com. Free training is provided.
Hospitality - Greet and welcome fellow parishoners and visitors when you set up, serve and distribute refreshments following the 9am and 11am masses.
Pastoral Care - Help the elderly, homebound or sick by delivering the Eucharist, visiting and/or listening with a compassionate heart as part of the Pastoral Care Ministry. Training provided. Contact Sister Mary La Salette at 925.376.6900 x112.
Shoes That Fit - support a child in need of St. Anthony's School in Oakland but purchasing a school uniform. Details available on the yellow cards at the back of the church.
Soup to Serve - (updated May 2010) In partnership with the Catholic Worker in Berkeley, we'll continue to serve the needy by providing brown bag lunches the third Friday of the month. The homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the Berkeley area provide breakfast and dinner on the weekends, leaving a large gap between meals. The lunches will be distributed on Saturdays. Dates of service are May 21st, June 18th, July 16th, Aug 20th, Sept 17th and Oct 15th. Learn more by contacting Mary Gabrielson at 925.631.9722 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Nights Shelter - In cooperation with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, St. Monica will host the Winter Nights Shelter from December 6th-20th. We will open the Peace Center to provide a living and sleeping space for at-risk (families and seniors) homeless people in the East Bay area. We will provide meals, laundry services, homework assistance and other services. We need MANY volunteers to make this week meaningful for those being served: people to cook and serve dinner at night, people to spend the night (9pm-6am), people to help with laundry, and tutors for homework.
Youth Program - The St. Monica Youth Ministry offers middle school and high school students a variety of programs in which to participate that help serve local communities as Disciples of Christ. Contact Rosa Kadera-Redmond at 925.376.6900 x305 or email@example.com for more details.