Autism and Special Needs Support Group

We are a group of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and interested parties who gather on the fourth Tuesday of the month for support, education, and sharing.  We share our love, joys, and challenges in a completely non-judgmental and confidential setting. Contact: Sue Walsh  Email: sbwjobs1@mac.com  Phone: 925 820-2140

Christian Family Movement

Christian Family Movement (CFM) is a national network of small groups of Catholics and their families.  Parents meet regularly in one another’s homes.  Through the use of lessons that pertain to everyday life, and group discussions, Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in service to others.  Time commitment each month is 3-6 hours for adult meetings and family socials. Contact: Annette Altamirano Email: annette_altamirano@yahoo.com   Phone: 925-206-0189

Finance Council

(By invitation of the Pastor) The Finance Council’s mission is to make the finances of the parish transparent to all parishioners, ensure that the parish finances are sound, and put in place proper controls according to Diocesan policy and procedures.  Time commitment is approximately 2 hours a month. Contact: Patrick Camp Email: finance@sjasr.org

Food Collection (Quarterly)

Food collection occurs on a quarterly basis and is facilitated by Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Youth Ministry.

Giving Tree

The St. Joan of Arc Giving Tree is an annual outreach ministry. It takes place between the first and third week of Advent.  Our first meeting is in September.  Jobs involve being a liaison for agencies, cutting out ornaments and stringing and labeling the ornaments.  There is also the sorting of gifts and driving gifts to the agencies. 

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal and service organization for Catholic men. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.6 million members.  It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.  Membership in the K of C is open to practicing Catholic men who are at least 18 years old. Contact: Robert Porter Website:http://www.kofc9206.org/

Loaves and Fishes

The mission of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County is to provide community0-based food programs and partner services that focus on basic needs. With thousands of volunteers, they serve over 170,000 meals each year.  According to the Contra Costa Times, they are one of the most cost-effective charitable organizations in the Bay Area and are second only to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties for efficiency.  St. Joan of Arc volunteers serve at Martinez and Pittsburg soup kitchens and help prepare meals at Pittsburg Central Kitchen.  We welcome new volunteers to serve with us.  This is a great way to make a difference in our county, meet new friends in the parish and bring Christ to others.  Contact: Angela Rivello Email: angelarivello@mac.com Phone: 925-828-2025

Pastoral Council

We are a visionary and consultative body that meets monthly and is represented by 9 parishioners, a staff member, and our Pastor.  The Council acts on behalf of our Pastor to garner/assess Parish feedback and collaborates in the creation of the strategic plan for the Parish.  Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated for a vacant position.  Those selected for that year by the Pastor begin their three-year term in June. Contact: Parish Staff  Email: parishoffice@sjasr.org  Phone: 925-548-8658

Prison Ministry

The prison ministry consists of visiting the Federal Correctional Institution and the Santa Rita County Jail in Dublin, attending services and doing communion services.  Volunteers can participate in many ways: visit the housing units, pray with the residents or read scripture with them; help some residents who are studying for the GED with their math or English skills; bring reading material to the residents.  Time commitment is about 1-2 hours each visit and the number of visits can be determined by the volunteer. Contact: Randy Starkweather  Email: rpstarkweather@sbcglobal.net   Phone: 925-830-8965

St. Mary’s Center Dinners

At least four times a year we solicit food and helpers from the congregation to feed needy seniors at the Saint Mary’s Center.  Tasks may include planning the meal and what donations are needed, placing the donation boards at the church, place announcements in the Sunday bulletin, arranging for announcements after Mass and managing volunteer helpers, picking up the donations, delivering them to St. Mary’s, preparing and serving the meal and cleaning up after the meal is complete. 
Contact: Nadine Durant

St. Vincent de Paul

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering tangible assistance to those in need on a person to person basis, aware that service to our brother and sister in need is in fact, an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.  The St. Joan of Arc Conference helps in caring for the physical needs of those in financial crisis within the parish and the larger community.  We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM. 
Contact: Frank Wnuk: gpwnuk@yahoo.com