OLV Social Justice Ministry

Serving our community by contributing our time and talent to the marginalized and vulnerable, and by promoting a number of caring ministries.  We are an umbrella group that strives to help parishioners learn about all the social ministry activities, and to provide them with opportunities to get involved.  It is also an opportunity for people involved in various ministries to come to the group for help and support  Put your faith into action!

Get involved in one of our many social ministries.  A description of the ministries is provided below, along with info on how to get involved and who to contact.  Strengthen your own faith through the joy of service and help make our Catholic faith visible.

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Join the Social Justice Committee – We meet every 4 weeks at 9:15am on Sundays.  New members are always welcome.
 
Join our Social Justice and Outreach flocknote – Join this contact list via https://new.flocknote.com/olvwindsor
For More Information Contact Patty Pike – (970) 686-7779 or
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Catholic Social Teaching
A central and essential element of our faith.  It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, in his commitment to the poor, and in our experience of Eucharist.  As our parish strives to build God’s Kingdom among us, we use Catholic Social Teaching as a guide for our involvement in community outreach and advocacy work.
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JustFaith
A process that provides a context in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for vulnerable people and become advocates for justice. OLV parishioners can experience JustFaith as a small group of 8-15 designed to develop a close-knit, faith-based community, Many of our Social Justice Ministry participants have benefited from this life-changing journey of faith and compassion.
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Respect Life Committee

To be Catholic is to be pro-life. We are the visible active body of the community whose purpose is to promote respect for human life from conception to natural death as specified by the Magisterium of the Church through
Contact: Helen Niekelski at (303) 902-4570 or helengski@comcast.net
Get Involved
: 2nd Sunday of each month after 10:00 AM mass
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Windsor Student Aid

We provide a hand up to homeless and financially challenged students in Windsor and Severance by working through the . Superintendent’s Office.
Contact: Barb Goff at (970) 688-5381 or beaugoffb@yahoo.com
Get Involved
: Financial donations should be made out to RE-4 School District (Subject Line: Homeless Student Fund) or drop off purchased gift cards at the District office on Main St. in an envelope addressed to “Homeless Student Fund”. This ministry is also looking to expand to areas such as tutoring.
 

 

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Adults are taught English three hours per week.  eslThey are placed in one of 6 levels depending on their oral and written expertise.  Classes are Monday and Thursday from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  Contact: Kathleen Jones at (970) 686-7325 or Kathleen.Jones@unco.edu   Get Involved

:  Teachers are needed.  7.5-hour training is required.  Knowing a foreign language is not necessary.
 
 

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay people-Catholic men and women-trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult
th time in life, such as a death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation or separation due to military deployment.  A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person, meeting with that person once  a week for about an hour.  This person will be a compassionate, caring, Catholic friend  who will provide emotional and spiritual support.
Contact: Patty Pike at (970) 686-7779 or pikesfam@aol.com
Get Involved
: Training for a this ministry is approximately 50 hours spread over six months. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or might benefit from the support of a Stephen Minister please contact Patty Pike, Father Gregg, or church staff at (970) 686-5084.
 
 

Cancer Support Group

Our small group offers support to women and men impacted by cancer through sharing, learning, and celebrating. The group is open to those newly diagnosed, in treatment, in remission and all caregivers.
Contact: Barb Goff at (970) 388-5381 or beaugoffb@yahoo.com
Get Involved: 3rd Sunday of each month 1:30-3:30 PM in the OLV Classroom

Mary’s Cradle

Mary’s Cradle helps struggling families by furnishing diapers, wipes, formula, clothing and community resource information. Hours are: Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:30 PM and Thursday, 9:00 – Noon.  
Contact: Kathleen Jones at (970) 686-7325 or Kathleen.Jones@unco.edu
Get Involved
: Volunteers are needed. Training required.
 
 

Helping Hands

Ministries

 
This ministry provides a number of services to fellow parishioners who are unable to attend Sunday liturgy, who could use a little help around home, or who might enjoy visiting with a fellow parishioner.  The OLV Helping Hands Ministry offers the following services:
Holy Communion, Meals – Make and Deliver, Transportation (Errands, to Mass), Visits, Phone conversations, Light Chores, Light Yard Work, Basic Snow Removal
Documents for Volunteers Providing Home Services
Homeowners Release of Liability – for Yard Work and Snow Removal, you need to get this signed by the person you are assisting before doing any work
Volunteer Driver Agreement – complete and sign on page ‘Appendix IX.A(1)’.  Also show the Helping Hands Ministry Coordinator (Mary Beard or Jeff Hargis) a valid driver’s license and current proof of insurance. (required only for those who will be providing Transportation services)  Please visit our new Helping Hands page
 
 

OLV Grief Support Group

Whether it was the death of your life mate, a close friend, or some other special relationship, grief is meant to be shared. This is a mutual support group. The group is not psychotherapy but it will help you navigate the difficulties of this new experience. Each week, we will discuss the issues and concerns common to newly bereaved people.
Contact: Patty Pike at (970) 686-7779 or pikesfam@aol.com
Get Involved
: Class meets Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 PM, but please contact Patty Pike before attending a meeting.
 
 
 

Kairos

Kairos Prison Ministry addresses the
kierosspiritual needs of incarcerated men, women, youth, and their families. By sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, Kairos hopes to change hearts, transform lives, and impact the world. The word, Kairos, is a Greek word meaning “in the fullness of time” and indicates an opportunity for our participants to reconsider their life choices. As hearts are changed, inmates begin to take responsibility for their actions, and their lives are transformed.
Contact: Mike, Susan, or Dan Carey at (970) 686-5386 or mcareymd@aol.com
Get Involved
: There are opportunities for men, women, and even children to become involved at some level. Participating in a Prayer vigil for the success of our ministry weekends is one way, attending a Kairos closing ceremony is another. But to truly experience the Holy Spirit working behind the prison walls, become a Kairos inside volunteer. It’s like a front row seat at a miracle.

Food Pantry 

Our goal as a parish family is to help the Windsor/Severance Food Pantry to fulfill its
food pantry goals in feeding individuals and families in need. The Windsor Food Pantry is located at the Faith United Church of Christ, 1020 Walnut St.
Contact: Kristen Luca at (970) 567-6662 or lucafamily@frii.com
Get Involved:
There is a basket located in the entryway of the parish hall where donations of dry goods, toiletries, etc. are always accepted. OLV also sponsors two food drives every year. We send two volunteers to work at the Pantry each Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-noon during May thru November.
 
 

Guadalupe Center Meals

OLV has teamed up with Catholic Charities Guadalupe Center in Greeley to offer a meal to their residents on the 4th Thursday of each month. Over the last few years, we have served over 100 OLV volunteers have helped to serve over 200 meals!
Contact: Jeff Hargis at (970) 988-3153 or jeff.hargis87@gmail.com
Get Involved: We invite parishioners to get involved in service to our homeless sisters and brothers. Each month we need Meal Preparers (3:30pm-5:30pm) and also Meal Servers (5:15pm-7:15pm). Please contact Jeff Hargis at jeff.hargis87@gmail.com
to sign-up or to be added to a contact list for future service opportunities.
 
 

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones of Windsor provides monetary assistance to individuals
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and families in the Windsor-Severance RE-4 School District who face eviction and/or utility shut-off due to a temporary financial crisis. Over 98 % of the funds taken in go directly to help our clients. Last year we assisted 92 adults, representing 215 individuals within Windsor/Severance households. This number included 132 children under age 18.
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Contact: Susan Carey at (970) 686-5386 or mcareymd@aol.com, or Isabel Porth at (970) 686-7192 or porthjc@gmail.com. We can also be contact directly at (970) 686-2368.
Get Involved: 1. Attend upcoming soup luncheons (November, February and April), to be advertised in the church bulletin and local papers. 2. Consider becoming a board member. 3. Tell friends and neighbors about our services. 4. All donations are tax deductible. “Step up to Help Your Neighbors.”
 

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver has been serving the Denver community since 1927. We serve thousands of people each year in three areas: Women’s Services,
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Family and Child Care Services, and Housing and Shelter Services. Catholic Charities is open to, and serves, all people. Hundreds of volunteers donate their time and talent to Catholic Charities. We collaborate with Catholic parishes, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, medical facilities and educational institutions.