Come and See Ministry:
Based on Jesus' invitation to "Come and see" (John 1:37 39), this ministry hosts a "Welcome Sunday" quarterly for new parishioners and interested guests looking for a new parish. If interested, one can be paired with current members of our community eager to help them get settled into the parish and share common interests or have similar situations.
When able, these events will be scheduled to coincide with K of C Donut Sundays or Men's Club Pancake Breakfasts. We invite all of you to join us.
A ministry within the Women's Guild, the Craft Group sew, knit, crochet, bead, etc., and is willing to teach you too. We do different projects that we donate to charities or sell in Craft & Bake sales. Feel free to join us Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for as long as you wish to fellowship.
Foster Family Support:
This ministry seeks to provide guidance and aid to families discerning to become foster families, providing safe and loving, temporary or adoptive homes for children. Our members do many things: some are Court Appointed Special Advocates, some are Mentors to foster children, serve on Foster Care Review Boards, advocate for children with special needs, collect and donate necessary items, or simply offer prayers for children in difficult and often scary circumstances.
If you love children, have a deep concern for children in the difficult situation of foster care, and believe the Holy Spirit is calling you to this service, please consider joining our ministry!
Homeless Sleeping Mat Project:
Our mission is to help make our fellow beings a little more comfortable during a hard time in their life, while at the same time be good stewards by using our resources and recycling plastic bags. From the inception of this group to the present, we have made over 300 mats. Since we use 700-900 plastic bags to make 1 mat, this means we have kept over 300,000 bags out of landfills! We welcome men, women, and youngsters of all talents, from those who can cut bags, join and roll the "plarn" (plastic yarn), to beginners or experts at crochet. We meet the second Saturday of the month (except December) in Room 10 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Hygiene/Beauty Bags for the Homeless Project:
Members coordinate donations from parishioners and the Women's Guild of small hygiene products, such as supplied by hotels, and distribute to various organizations throughout the Valley, including St. Vincent de Paul, Andre House, Maggie's Place, and Catholic Charities. If you wish to donate, please drop off items in the brown box located in the Church vestibule.
The Knights of Columbus is a global Catholic fraternal service organization composed of practicing Catholic men who accept orthodox Catholic doctrine on theology and social policy. St. Paul's K of C Council #15001 has surpassed its 10th anniversary and has over one hundred men of the parish within its membership. Knights pray the full rosary in front of Planned Parenthood facilities once a month, host blood drives, sponsor seminarians and priests, conduct campus clean ups, co-host the Diocesan Young Men's conference, fund and volunteer for the annual Poor Clare's "Desert Nun Run" in Tempe, host Donut Sundays throughout the year, provide bus transportation to visit the cloistered Poor Clare’s in Tonopah and the Diocesan Rosary Celebration in October, fund the Life Choices Women's clinic, sponsor the Sunshine Soccer League for autistic children, work closely with the parish's Boy Scout Troop, and much more!
General member meetings occur on the first Wednesday, and Officers meet the third Monday, of every month. All men of the parish over the age of 18 are invited to join our Council. Please visit our webpage for more information!
Ladies Book Club:
A new ministry at St. Paul's, our mission statement is to inspire spiritual growth through books, prayer, and friendship. We select inspiring books published by Ave Maria Press that delve into our faith and attitude about life. Meetings are Monday evenings, sharing highlights of the week's chapter and discussing thought-provoking questions for reflection.
St. Paul's Men's Club is a ministry of friends, fellowship, and giving back to the parish to help make it a community of friends in Christ, while having some fun at the same time. We sponsor multiple Pancake Breakfasts every year to fund a worthwhile parish need, such as a new air conditioner, Stations of the Cross, and miscellaneous Church items. The Men's Club meet 4 to 5 times a year before each Pancake Breakfast, at our end of the year golf outing, our appreciation dinner, and other volunteer opportunities with the parish. An ideal member of the Men's Club is a man who likes work (and doesn't mind if it's in the kitchen now and then), can play cards, and wants to give a little bit of their time to help support our parish.
St. Vincent de Paul Society:
The St. Paul chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society provides physical, financial, and spiritual aid to our brothers and sisters in need within the parish boundaries. Throughout the week, we have teams who telephone those who have reached out for assistance, visit the needy (always with partners), and recommend additional resources when necessary. Members who work full time can be of service in their off hours, in the evening, or on weekends.
Meetings are twice monthly where, together with prayer and contemplation, we discuss ways to better assist our neighbors in need. Our parishioners are so very generous, and we can help so many, but more members will allow us to serve even more people who happen to have fallen on hard times.
The goal of St. Paul's Women's Guild is to encourage community building among all women in the parish, combining faith, fun, and fellowship by sharing activities that benefit our Catholic community. We offer retreats and prayer chains, provide receptions after St. Paul Funeral Masses, contribute funds for various Church and campus items such as the Blessed Mother statue in the chapel and the Holy Family Mosaic on O'Carroll Hall, and more. The Women's Guild offers members an opportunity to share and showcase their individual talents by getting involved in Guild activities and enjoying lasting friendship.