Director of Outreach:
Jane Snyder is our Director of Outreach Ministries, having come to us from St. Joseph Church where she served for ten years. She helps parishioners find ways to serve as the Hands & Feet of Christ in our community!
Cathedral Outreach Ministries include:
Highland Blessing Dinner
In 2012, eight Highland area churches combined their volunteers to support the Highland Blessing Dinner. Cathedral volunteers are needed every third Thursday evening from 5:00-7:00pm to serve a FREE hot meal at the Highland Center (at the corner of Highland @ Olive). Please join us! Orientation begins at 5:00 pm and the meal is served at 6:00 pm. The guests are our neighbors in the Highland area and whoever comes to our door. The meal is served family-style with table linens and dishes. Since this joint ministry began, more Shreveport/Bossier churches have joined and it has continued to grow. Tookie Barr helps provide music on St. John’s night!
Hope Connections Meals for the Homeless
Several area Catholic Church parishes prepare a meal every Monday for Hope Connections, a day shelter for the homeless on Levy Street. On the first Monday of the month, our St. John Berchmans’ volunteers gather at 2:00pm in our office kitchen to prepare and deliver approximately fifty meals for Hope clients. If you are interested in volunteering, email Jane.
HOPE CONNECTIONS SHOWERS AND BATHROOMS In addition to the meals, 5 Catholic churches help to supply the shower areas at the Hope Connections where 35-50 homeless people take showers daily. They are in need of body wash, razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste. If you would like to contribute, please bring your donations to the Church Office.
VOA Veterans Meal
On the last Sunday of the month volunteers prepare/deliver/serve a midday dinner to the 56 residents of the Veterans Transitional Living Center located a few blocks down the street from the Cathedral on Jordan. Call the Cathedral office if this is something in which you would like to participate. Click here to learn more about VOA programs.
The Shreveport-Bossier Catholic community has supported Christian Service since Sr. Margaret and Fr. Murray Clayton began serving people in need in 1970. This year the ministry moved into its new facility on Levy Street, which is now in our parish boundaries. They serve two hot meals a day, breakfast from 8:00am – 10:00am and dinner from 12 Noon to 2:00pm. They also have a clothing service. Volunteers and donations are needed. Click here to learn more about their services and volunteer opportunities to donate time, funds and food.
St. Raphael’s Guild
This ministry helps the needy and elderly of the parish (hosting bingo games at local nursing homes) and also provides greeters for funerals at the Cathedral. Would you like to join our Guild? Call the Office for information.
St. Michael’s Meal Ministry of St. Raphael’s Guild
This special group prepares a meal for families of the parish who have recently lost a loved one. Volunteers are needed! Call the Office for more information.
Meals on Wheels Program
Meals on Wheels is a service designed to help seniors, over the age of 60 and home-bound, maintain their independence as they face financial, physical, or emotional hardships. We are one of many drop off points for the meals prepared by the Caddo Council On Aging. Volunteers have a one-hour route to deliver the meals Monday-Thursday mornings. For more information, contact Mary Kay.
Welcome Baby Ministry
Volunteers prepare and deliver a meal to Cathedral families with newborns.
To learn more about volunteering, please contact Dotye Stanford at 221-5296.
Mary’s House – Embrace Grace
Looking for an outlet for your compassion? Embrace Grace – 12 week program for single and pregnant women to learn that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. So begins their journey …. “To convert someone, go and take them by the hand and guide them.” St. Thomas Aquinas.
Ways to become involved – Team Support for 12 week evening class, Event Teams (twice a year), Baby Shower Team or Princess Day Team. To learn more about volunteering, email L’Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kairos Prison Ministry
This ministry is a multi-denominational group that assists inmates to develop a Christian community inside the walls of prison. New volunteers are always needed. For more information click here, Kairos Inside Brochure.