These ministries address the issues of peace and justice as well as the human needs of people in our local community and beyond.
Right To Life
The Right to Life promotes God's special gift of life for all ages through prayer, education, and advocacy. Parishioners who participate in this ministry keep the parish community informed of issues and events that affect the dignity and sanctity of all life. Coordinators: Bart and Mary Spano at 633-4768.
St. Paul Refugee Ministry
St. Paul Refugee Ministry assists INTERFAITH REFUGEE MINISTRIES with welcoming refugees settle in their new country. Volunteers help with teaching English, registering children in school, driving to keep appointments, etc., in order to make the transition a positive experience. Volunteers are needed. For Information please call Lilly Krcmar at 633-9486.
Peace and Social Justice
he Peace and Social Justice Committee of St. Paul accepts as its mission, the promotion of social policies and programs that support and advance the protection of human life, the enhancement of human dignity, and the opportunity for all members of society to attain individual fulfillment.
Lud & Beverly Hartung
Catholic Charities - New Bern Deanery
The mission of Catholic Charities is to assist the parishes, communities and the Diocese of Raleigh in accomplishing the social mission of the Church. In its roles of servant, advocate, facilitator, and convener, Catholic Charities acts in the parish and community-at-large to heighten awareness of issues and, when appropriate, provides services to fulfill unmet needs. Catholic Charities serves people in need through advocating for social and economic justice as well as addressing immediate needs with emergency resources or direct services. We serve people of all faiths. Core programs are: Emergency Assistance, Counseling (by appointment), Family Support Services, and Parish Social Ministry (including the Office of Peace & Justice.) Additional services are disaster preparedness and response; information about referral to community resources. (The Senior Pharmacy Program is a program of Catholic Charities, assisting low-income seniors, ages 60 and over, with prescription costs and limited medical supplies.)
Regional Office location: 502 Middle St., New Bern 638-2188, (phone) or 638-2417 (fax). Mailing address: P.O. Box 826, New Bern NC, 28563. Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry Council Representative: Gloria Schraud.
Senior Pharmacy Program
This program provides assistance to low-income senior adults, ages 60 and over, with prescription costs and limited medical supplies arising from chronic illnesses. The program serves residents of Craven, Pamlico, Jones and Carteret counties. Site volunteers assist in preparing and distributing vouchers, contacting clients, and performing other tasks. If interested in volunteering, call 638-3657.
Prescription Drug Program
The prescription drug program works with over 200 pharmaceutical companies that offer patient assistance programs. With these programs you may get your medicines for free or pay a very small cost. There are three basic requirements: (1) you must be a resident of the U.S.; (2) you may not have any prescription drug coverage with an insurance company although in some cases, this may be waived; and (3) income on the average is $18,000 for a single person and $24,000 for a couple but in some cases these figures are somewhat higher. There is no age requirement for this program. If you qualify, we will assist you in preparing the required applications. For further information call 635-9016.
Volunteer Parish Visitors
This ministry exists to visit our brothers and sisters of St. Paul while they are recuperating from a recent operation or hospital stay, those who are "shut-ins", and those in nursing homes, adult care and independent living facilities. Volunteers extend and share our loving concern through periodic visitation, prayers and support. Volunteers serve as Eucharistic Ministers and, if not initially qualified, will be trained. Volunteers need to have an understanding, friendly, sincere, spiritual and loving concern for our brothers and sisters we visit. Contact Fletcher Walsh at 514-2099.
Earthen Vessels Ministry
We are here for you and your families to "be a clear and understandable witness to the presence of God in the World" OHM Mission Statement). We serve the people of St. Paul Parish by being a "companion on the journey" through an illness or through the long journey "Home." We are also here for you when you need a listening heart and ear after the death of a loved one or through life's difficult times. We call our ministry "Earthen Vessels" because we bring God's compassionate, unconditional love within our fragile, earthen bodies. Together, the caregiver, the sick and the minister bring to life the Body of Christ in "Earthen Vessels." For more information, contact Sister Monique Dissen, IHM at 638-1984, or Irene Swanteson, Assistant - Third Order Dominican at 638-9306.
This service offers medical equipment, e.g., crutches, walkers, commodes, hospital beds, wheelchairs, etc. on loan to parishioners who are spared the expense of renting or purchasing them. This ministry is coordinated by the Knights of Columbus. Contact Danny Gennantonio 637-2322.
Eastern Pregnancy Information Center (EPIC)
We at the EPIC want to help you because we believe that you and your baby are unique and irreplaceable. We offer free pregnancy testing and ultra sound by a registered nurse. We also offer parenting classes for pre-natal and post-natal parents. There is no charge for any of our services. We are located at 2602 Neuse Blvd. New Bern, NC. Contact Beverly Hartung at 633-5987 for more information.
Religious Community Services
This ecumenical program exists to provide volunteers to support local community service at the RCS program's Soup Kitchen, Clothing Closet, and Food Pantry located at 919 George Street in New Bern. Approximately 100 St. Paul parishioners currently volunteer varying amounts of time and talent to this most rewarding activity of community service to the poor among us. More men volunteers are especially needed to support this ministry. For more information, contact 633-2767.
Shelter Supper Ministry
This ministry consists of preparing a meal once a month and taking it to the shelter at Religious Community Services (RCS). Ed and Alma Vaupel, founders of this ministry, purchase, cook and serve supper the first Thursday of each month. Volunteers must be willing to share in the purchase, cooking and serving of a home-prepared meal for up to approximately 20 shelter residents one evening per month. As a volunteer, you will be assisted by other members of this rewarding ministry, on the date you are assigned. With the help of additional volunteers, you may only need to serve a few times a year. "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35. For more information or to volunteer please call 288-5522.
Women's Craven County Jail Ministry
This ministry involves visiting women in the Women's Craven County jail. Our goal is to give them support, encouragement, and pray with them. All of this is done to remind them of God's love and forgiveness. We visit in groups of two or three women on Monday evenings, from 7:30 to 8:30PM. It is a requirement that each member attend an orientation at the jail for this ministry. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Helene Conklin 638-5250.
St. Paul Catholic Church Men's Prison Ministry
This is a prison ministry for visiting males at Pamlico Correctional in Bayboro, N.C. and at Craven Correctional Center in Vanceboro, N.C. It is now ongoing and was re-started in July 2010. At the present time, Deacon Rick Fisher is visiting each prison once per month. Pamlico is visited on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and Craven is visited on the 4th Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7PM. Additionally, there are three volunteers from our parish that are visiting the prisoners at the Pamlico facility for approximately an hour on most Sunday afternoons primarily for bible study. Additional volunteers are welcome to participate. Upon arrival at the prison an announcement is made to the general population stating the window is now open for "Catholic Religious Service." Mostly Catholics attend and sometimes other denominations, as well. Information is provided on their previous questions and publications, rosaries, prayer cards, etc. are given to the inmates. A communion service is usually provided on the Tuesday evening visits, but variations are not uncommon. The important thing is to show up, share the good news messages of the gospel, and be there for the inmates to ask questions. Most visits last about an hour. This ministry has become more crucial now that the state of N.C. has done away with many of the paid prison chaplains in our state. To volunteer or for more information please call Deacon Rick Fisher at the church office 638-1984.
MERCI Clinic is located at 1315 Tatum Drive in New Bern and the clinic's phone number is 633-1599. The clinic offers free medical service and medications to those who live in Craven, Pamlico or Jones counties and are uninsured or under insured. There are eligibility requirements to become a patient. Once these requirements are met, the patient may make an appointment. The Clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays with appointments set between 8AM and 5PM. MERCI Clinic is staffed entirely by volunteers. Additional doctors, nurses, lab techs, interviewers, pharmacists and interpreters are always needed. MERCI Clinic is committed to provide confidential medical services to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion or other legal The meaning of MERCI is M is for Matthew 25; E is for East Carolina University; R is for RCS; C is for community and I is for Individuals.
Radio Reading Service
The purpose of the Radio Reading Service of Eastern North Carolina is to provide local news as well as a variety of information not readily available in other accessible media to people who are blind or visually impaired and to:-other individuals who may face a physical challenge preventing them from reading printed materials. Radios are free of charge. There is 24 hour continuous broadcasting. For information regarding this service, please call Barbara Hansen at 633-5725. Each day the Sun Journal is read on air at Craven Community College's radio station. From 2:OO PM to 3:OO PM two people prepare the articles to be read by cutting them out of the paper and assembling them in an order that is provided. From 3:00 to 4:OO PM, the paper is read live on air. It is rebroadcast at 7:OO PM. It is read seven days a week with 2 hours being allotted on Sunday. This is a fun and rewarding service. For information about volunteering for this ministry please call Kate Sbarra at 636-5936