"We need to build local communities of faith where our social teaching is central, not fringe; where social ministry is integral, not optional; where it is the work of every believer not just the mission of a few committed people and committees."
-USCCB Communities of Salt and Light
“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.”
-- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,
U.S. Catholic Bishops (Nov 2007)
The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public policy advocacy organization representing Virginia's two Catholic Bishops, Francis DiLorenzo, Diocese of Richmond, and Paul Loverde, Diocese of Arlington, and their dioceses in matters before the Virginia General Assembly, the U.S. Congress, and the state and federal administrations and their agencies.
"No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world ... I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity"
-Pope Francis, Apostolic Journey to Rio de Janeiro
We all are our brother’s and sister’s keepers. We are one family interdependent upon one another. Solidarity looks upon this interdependence as something good, something positive, a thing to be cherished.
In the spirit of global solidarity we support our Diocese’ long history with the island nation of Haiti. We are presently discerning how best we, as a local parish, can serve and potentially twin with an institution in Haiti.
A weekly Sunday gathering from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. provides those who attend with: a meal, an opportunity for socialization and community and as one guest stated, “an oasis in the desert.” The Sunday Supper was created as a means of addressing the challenge of food insecurity in the Hampton Roads area.
Contact Carol Dufresne.
Begun over 20 years ago to help address hunger in our area, the Pantry now serves approximately 100 people each week from the city of Hampton. For many, our Food Pantry grocery bags are a regular and necessary food source each month. The Food Pantry is supported solely by your generous donations, grants, etc. and the dedication of many hard working volunteers. We do our best to provide those who come to our doors with basic food items to get them through the month.
Contact Melissa McDonald.
Knights of Columbus: Council 16226
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 15,100 councils and 1.9 million members throughout the world.
Contact David Brin.
"Morning Outreach" - Utility Assistance
Morning Outreach assists Hampton residents who may be referred by social workers or walk in needing assistance paying utility bills and medical prescriptions. Volunteers serve on Mondays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm, committing to 1 or 2 shifts throughout the month.
Contact Our Outreach Team.
"Ministers of Care" - Communion to the Sick and Homebound
Ministry of Care volunteers provide pastoral care to any Catholic patient at Sentara Careplex Hospital who has requested a pastoral visit. Each day a scheduled volunteer visits the hospital, brings Holy Communion, prays with the patient, and presents the patient with a prayer card prior to leaving.
Contact Barbara Morgan.
Parish Nursing Ministry
The first weekend of the month is Blood Pressure weekend at ICC. Nurses within the parish volunteer their time to take and record blood pressure readings for parishioners and our Sunday Supper guests.
Contact Linda Ribakov.
Nursing Home Prayer Service
The Liturgy of the Word is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at a nearby local nursing home. Volunteers attend and visit with the elderly and the infirm in nursing and convalescent homes. Participation in this ministry is a way of spreading the love and message of Jesus Christ in the nursing home environment. Contact John Meyer.
Young at Heart
Each month on the third Thursday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm the parish hosts residents from 6 to 7 nursing homes. They gather to enjoy fellowship, religious services, lunch and bingo. For many this is the highlight of their month. No training needed, just willingness to help and a ready smile.
Contact John Meyer.
Bag Lunch Program
On the first Saturday of each month, volunteers gather in the ICC kitchen to prepare over 50 bag lunches. The lunches are provided to the elderly impoverished residents of Langley Village apartments. Groceries and financial contributions from parishioners allow us to pack these meals.