What is Pastoral Care Ministry?

The purpose of the Pastoral Care and Outreach ministry is to facilitate the work of the Church by reaching out to meet the special needs of the sick, the frail elderly, the homebound, and those who are experiencing loss. This Pastoral ministry also fosters community and social awareness through its Food Box Program, the Peace & Justice Commission, and the Welcoming Ministry.

Below you will find things to do and opportunities to volunteer. Keep reading! Please contact Therese Lehane on 408-294-8953 ext 316 or email tlehane@stmartin.org if you would like to attend any meetings, volunteer for any Ministry or have somebody come visit you.

Food Box

Food box program helps anyone that is food insufficient in our area. Distribution is always on the third Friday of the month every month at 6pm in the Gym. We sort food in the Bailey house at 6.45 on the Monday preceeding that Friday. This can be the second Monday or the third Monday of the Month depending on how the dates fall. Sorting takes about one hour depending on how many people show up.

We offer fresh fruit and veg, dairy, bread, dry goods and canned food. All are welcome to come to the Gym and shop for their family. This is also a great chance for families to volunteer. We need 40 volunteers or more on our food distribution evenings. It takes about 2-3 hours, depending on how busy it is. Just show up on the day you can help, we would be happy to welcome you.

Mind Body Spirit

The MBS group is made up of men and women for prayer and social time. We offer prayer, food, chat and fun on the second Friday of the Month in the Bailey House from 2-4pm. If you would like to join this group please feel free to come.


This Ministry reaches out to those that are homebound. Our volunteers offer friendship, company and prayer, and can also bring holy communion. Visits are not always on Sundays, it depends on what time and day suits. If you would like a volunteer to come visit please call Therese at the number below. The Befriender volunteers meet almost every month on the third Weds at noon. We are always looking for new people to volunteer.

Nursing Home Ministry

We are always looking for volunteers to visit the 8 Nursing Homes in our area to deliver communion on a weekly basis. Our Priests say mass once a month at each Nursing Home and could do with some help setting up etc. If you would like to be involved and are over the age of 18 years please contact Therese.

St. Vincent de Paul

The SVDP society visit those in our area that are in need of financial support. This can be assistance with rent, bills, and groceries for example. They are always in need of volunteers to go on visits or to man the phone line on a weekly basis. The phone line monitoring can be done from your own home and is a very easy to get started in the volunteering process. Please call Mary Kay Tocce on the Vincent de Paul phone line and let her know if you are interested in a position. 408-439-0342. Or call Therese on 408-294-8953 ext 316 and leave a message.

Prayer Shawl

Some ladies from the Parish meet once a month and knit prayer shawls for those that are sick and in need of comfort. They pray while they knit and chat and then have the shawls blessed before they are given to those in need. If you would like a prayer shawl delivered, or you would like to pick on up, please call the number below. The ladies would love extra help if you would like to volunteer for this Ministry.

Welcome Ministry

New parishioners are always welcome at St. Martins. This ministry reaches out to people that have recently registered and welcomes them to our vibrant community. The welcome committee also helps with our welcome breakfast twice a year, where we offer an opportunity for new parishioners to meet the staff and other parishioners. If you would like to volunteer please contact Therese.

Click on the following Pastoral Care Ministries to learn more:

Befriender Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Welcoming Ministry
Pastoral Care Commission