Ecumenical Committee In response to the Lord’s call “ …that all may become one”, we actively participate with the churches of Gloucester Township in celebrating, sharing, and manifesting God’s love to our community. The pastors meet on the first Wednesday of the month. Occasionally they meet with the mayor of the township at his office to share mutual concerns. They participate in services throughout the year, including Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, and the National Day of Prayer in May.
Elizabeth Ministry This group attempts to connect women on a variety of spiritual and community levels. We are available as a group or as individuals to pray, provide support, offer assistance, and extend friendship. Our ministry focuses on the spiritual growth of ourselves as women and mothers. Our social activities provide a community of women who can join together to learn, laugh, and share experiences.
Evangelization Welcoming Committee They strive to build faith and fellowship through community outreach programs. The community served includes Catholics, inactive Catholics and those not associated with a church. This committee offers invitation and involvement in a variety of social and spiritual venues that foster community and faith formation.
Franciscan Mystery Players The Franciscan Mystery Players present plays which are dramatic multi-media presentations of “The Way of the Cross”, “The Birth of Jesus”, and “Jesus, the Healer”, “The Mysteries of Light”, and St. Francis, “The Jesus Fire”. They are presented in Churches throughout the United States and Canada from October to April. Written and directed by Father Francis Pompei, OFM, a Franciscan Friar from Holy Name Province, New York, the Mystery Plays are made up of approximately 12-16 teenagers and 4-6 adults. The performances are in the tradition of the medieval Mystery Plays that were frequently sponsored by Franciscans who advocated popularizing Scriptural events.
Knights of Columbus This is an organization of Catholic men who are committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and the defense of the priesthood. It was on these principles that the Order was founded over a century ago. Currently there are over 1.6 million members and together with their families are nearly 6 million strong. If you wish to join this great organization of Catholic men, Holy Crusaders #9193 serves at Our Lady of Hope Parish. Visit the Knights of Columbus Holy Crusaders Council 9193 website HERE
Nursing Ministry This is a group of health professionals and lay volunteers implementing Christ’s mandate to extend compassion and healing. Their mission is to promote and support the parish family in their search for spiritual and physical wholeness. The mission is accomplished by focusing on the spiritual, psychological, social, and physical dimensions of individuals as they strive to achieve wellness and manage illness. The role of the parish health member is to counsel, educate, provide referrals to other health services, and as well as to promote faith, hope, and charity through prayer.
Senior Citizens This group is comprised of people who are 55 and older. They meet on a regular basis. It is for seniors who are interested in socializing with their peers. They are also provided with information pertaining to current issues that are unique for their age group. These include such issues as taxes, crime, health, etc.
Scouting The Scouting Ministry is comprised of three groups broken down by age level.
Cub Scouts is for boys ages 7 – 11. As a member, your son will have lots of fun, learn new things and make new friends. Cub Scouts is much more than that. It is fun with a purpose. Cub Scouts are full of energy! Everything is designed to have the boys doing things. Everything your son will do in Cub Scouts – ceremonies, earning awards, sports, games and crafts, will be done with a specific purpose in mind. Activities are used to achieve the aim of Scouting – citizenship training, character development and personal fitness. For details on meeting times and other things, please see the cover of the bulletin or the website for contact information. Visit the Cub Scouts Pack 177 website HERE
Boy Scouts is for young men ages 11 – 18. Would your son like to hike through the woods, hangout around a campfire he helped start, sleep in a tent he pitched, eat food he cooked and do it all with is friends? Hoe about rafting, mountain bikes or shooting sports? The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self confidence and reinforce ethical standards. While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. Young men 11-18 meet every Tuesday evening in the Our Lady of Hope Parish Center (St Agnes Church Campus) from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. For more information, visit the Troop webpage at: www.Troop177Blackwood.org
Venture Scouting is for young men and women ages 14 – 20. Our Venturing Crew is a faith centered group. We seek God and adventure in our world. Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. The Crew is completely youth run with adult advisors. For details on meeting times and other things, please see the cover of the bulletin or the website for contact information. Visit the Venture Crew 177 website HERE
St. Vincent de Paul Society Their mission is to provide food to those who are struggling financially and to assist their clients by putting them in touch with other agencies that may be able to help with financial needs.