Outreach coordinates the ministries of pastoral care, social services, peace and justice, and evangelization. Its scope includes outreach to both the parish membership and the larger community, local and beyond. Outreach educates the entire parish community to be aware of each person’s responsibility to recognize and serve those in need, to give witness to Christian love, and to challenge injustice.
Pastoral Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers provide services to those unable to attend Mass on a regular basis, but wish to receive visits and Holy Eucharist in their homes, nursing homes, or local hospitals. Ministers provide compassion, companionship, and communion. Ministers generally visit 1-2 parishioners on a weekly basis.
Contact: Karen Kautman
This committee sets up the Giving Tree, with gift tags, for the first week in Advent. On the final Sunday for the gift return, the committee sorts, by family, the gifts received and delivers them to Northeast Iowa Community Action.
Decorah Community Food Pantry
A monthly collection is taken on the third Sunday of eacch month and sent to Decorah Community Food Pantry.
The Social Justice Committee helps parishioners to reach out to those in need. It educates about various social justice issues and ways to get involved. Many of the following committees began as an effort undertaken by the Social Justice Committee.
Contact: Mike Kelly or Mary Jo Hangartner
This committee educates our parish about current immigration issues and leads activities to support immigrant families in our parish and community. It also works closely with St. Ben’s representative to the Decorah Area Faith Coalition and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center to implement community-based and/or parish-based programs.
Contact: Ruth Palmer
This committee plans specific pro-life activities such as movie nights, prayer opportunities, and Life Chain. It publicizes activities and educates the parish and community about life issues from fertilization to natural death.
Contact: Mary Eileen Devine-Meyer
Meets as needed.