Adopt an Angel Project (November/December)
At Christmas time, families in need request help on behalf of their children. The Faith Formation Office conducts interviews to determine actual need. Then parishioners adopt each "angel" and shop for at least two NEW items of clothing and two NEW toys. For those who have little time to shop, we also accept gift certificates, SCRIP, and checks made out to St. Monica Church. Contact: Maria M. Gonzales-Rocha at 214-357-8549.
Austin Street Centre
On the second Monday of each month, St. Monica parishioners provides meals to the less fortunate homeless "clients" of Austin Street Homeless Centre, located near downtown Dallas. Our 'dinner meal' includes hot dogs, sandwiches, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, desserts and milk/juice.
Volunteers and are asked to prepare or purchase one of the above dinner items. Then, you are asked to drop the food off at St. Monica the food at the Family Center kitchen (which is behind the Lounge, Room 109) on the day we serve dinner. Although not required, you are always welcome to go down to the Centre and serve with us, but that is at your discretion.
The Centre is more than a Shelter – in addition to receiving a meal, it is a place where clients can receive substance abuse counseling, psychiatric and medical care and numerous programs to help them become a working member of society. At nights, the clients sleep in a safe, clean environment. 75% are men, 25% women and some are children. They can stay for one day or forever – there is never a cost to the clients.
The Centre is heated during the winter and air-conditioned during in the summer. It typically sleeps 375, but at peak times, up to 500. Most clients sleep on cots, as opposed to the hard floor.
It is Christian-based and has an on-site Chapel. The Centre takes no government funding – only private donations and grants. Donations of clothing and over-the-counter medicines are always welcome.
Contact: Derek Blake at 214-663-8812 (cell) or email him at
The volunteers in this ministry collect donated bread, rolls, cakes and desserts, and pastries from five Tom Thumb stores, one Kroger, one Central Market, and from two local restaurants (Olive Garden and the Grand Lux Café). They distribute the donations to areas of need in the community (Missionaries of Charity, Family Gateway Center, Dallas Life Foundation, Union Gospel Church, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Youth Believing in Change, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help). Contact: Tony Cardillo at 214-714-6452, or at
St. Monica's Helping Hands organizes bereavement lunches for its parishioners. By planning and preparing such meals, we hope to reduce the stress and worry on families already burdened by the loss of a loved one. Meals are prepared in the Family Center kitchen, and served in the Family Center lounge by caring volunteers.
This ministry survives and thrives through the efforts of the volunteer community. As a Helping Hands volunteer, you will be called upon to prepare or purchase an item for a bereavement lunch. You may also be called upon to help with setup and cleanup. Donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated.
Contact: Mary Hardey at 214-392-0107 or
North Dallas Shared Ministries
This group provides assistance to people in need through a shared ministry of forty-six congregations. Assistance consists of food, limited financial help for rent and utilities, job counseling, clothes closet, free health clinic, and referrals to other agencies. Contact: Caroline Gallaway at 214-357-3152 or
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The ministry is made up of volunteer shawl makers that donate of their time and talents in knitting or crocheting shawls to be gifted to someone with a special need. The ministry donates all finished shawls to individuals in need of spiritual healing due to medical or health issue, during bereavement or other personal needs or challenges. All shawls will be accompanied by a prayer card and receive the blessings of our parish priests. The group meets on Mondays, from 10am to 12pm, in room 109 in the Family Center. Lessons in knitting are provided for those without experience. If you are interested in joining, would like to make a donation of knitting materials, or know of someone in need of a shawl, contact Margaret Schwab at 214-384-2209 or .
The Prison Ministry is in need of volunteers who can commit to at least two Saturday mornings a month to go to Lew Sterrett Justice Center near downtown each Saturday morning at 7:20 am, to celebrate a communion service and bring Holy Communion to prisoners. Volunteers serve in pairs, with women going into the womens' units and men going into the mens' units.
This ministry is organized by the Diocese, with volunteers coming from parishes wanting to serve. All worship materials are provided by the diocese and the Blessed Sacrament is brought down and distributed to the teams by the leaders. All Prison Ministers must be cleared and submit to a onetime background check process with the diocese/prison.
This is a wonderful Corporal Work of Mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy and an opportunity to reach out to the less fortunate. English as well as Spanish speaking volunteers are needed. For more information please contact Alex Schilpp at 214-697-8916 or or Paul Tomaso at 214-533-6296 or .
What is the St. Monica Senior Outreach Ministry?
The St. Monica Senior Outreach Ministry is a group of volunteer St. Monica parishioners who provide assistance to seniors in our church community.
What types of services do we provide?
Practical Support: Transportation requests for medical appointments & grocery shopping. Light housekeeping, yard cleanup, short-term respite care for caregivers.
- Transportation requests are available on Tuesday or Thursday
- All requests must be made two weeks in advance.
Prayer and Social Support: rosary prayer and Mass transportation on weekends.
What types of services do we NOT provide?
- Transport people in wheelchairs
- Dose or administer medication
- Provide hands on medical or personal care
- Respond on short notice
- Lend, give or manage money
Who do we help?
- Seniors over the age of 60 in need of assistance
- Monica parishioners and family of St. Monica parishioners living within or near the St. Monica parish boundaries
Click here to volunteer for the Senior Outreach Ministry. You can also contact Elaine Scholly at 904-305-7078 or to volunteer for this ministry.
Need to request help?
Click here to volunteer for the Senior Outreach Ministry. You can also contact Elaine Scholly at 904-305-7078 or to volunteer for this ministry.e.
Do you know someone in need of assistance?
St. Vincent de Paul Society
SVdP is an international society that provides emergency help with utility bills, rent, transportation, medical expenses, and even emotional and spiritual support. In 2013, we assisted more than 630 residents in our community area. We welcome all volunteers.
Why have a Stephen Minister?
The greatest need people have today is not for someone who will solve their problems for them, but rather for someone who will listen empathetically to the darkest and deepest wounds of their inner selves. We may feel as though we were useless and not particularly helpful to a friend in the midst of a crisis, and yet he or she will say in gratitude, "You were there when I needed you."
If you need someone to walk with you along life's bumpy road, call us and leave your name and phone number. We will call you. You can depend on it.
Confidential Line 214-914-2802
The St. Monica Stephen Ministry builds and equips a caring lay ministry to share the love of Jesus Christ by providing confidential one on one distinctly Christian care to all parish members who are experiencing life's challenges and difficulties.
Our Core Values
Spiritual - We are full of faith in our lives and in our Stephen Ministry
Trustworthy - We ensure a confidential and trusting relationship with our care receivers and fellow ministers
Humility - We are humble servants of the Lord doing His work though His grace and guidance
Dependability - We are there for our care receivers and for each other
Accountability - We are accountable to our pastor, our Church and our ministry
Durability - We are committed to sustain our Stephen Ministry now and in the future
Compassionate - We care deeply for others
To be a dynamic, growing, successful lay apostolate ministry that is recognized and respected within the St. Monica parish and able to continuously attract potential new ministers to the Stephen Ministry, and to provide Christ-centered care for an increasing number of Stephen Ministry referrals each year.
Thinking of becoming a Stephen Minister? Contact: Jim Einspanier at 214-914-2802 or .