PARISH MINISTRIES - Please consider joining one or more of our ministries

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT - 

  • Funeral Reception: This ministry provides a light buffet lunch after funeral services on the Divine Savior campus.  Members of this ministry are called on to provide salads or desserts for the meal.  Other members set up, decorate and serve at the reception.  We prepare a place of welcome, comfort and peace for the family and friends of the departed. Contact Caroline in the parish office (916) 989-7400 Caroline@divinesavior.com
  • Bereavement Support Group - This support group provides sessions to assist those recently bereaved from a time of loss to the beginning of resolution.  These sessions are led by a trained facilitator.  Contact Caroline in the parish office (916) 989-7400 Caroline@divinesavior.com
  • Moving-on Fellowship - A continuation of the bereavement support group to widows and widowers.  The groups meets monthly to offer prayer, support, encouragement and practical help in finding a meaningful life after the death of a loved one.  Contact Pat Biasotti (530) 307-2147 pattibiasotti@gmail.com

CREATION CARE - The Creation Care Team invites parish groups to consider the challenge of Pope Francis to care for the Earth.  They strive to become a zero-waste parish by educating parishioners and ministries on how to have zero-waste events and meetings.  Contact Caroline Roberts (916) 966-0322 Carolineroberts@comcast.net

  COMMUNITY MEALThis ministry was formed to help improve the lives of those in our local community by providing a warm welcome, a good meal and companionship and to carry out Pope Francis' message that "The Catholic Church must strip itself of all vanity, arrogance and  pride, and humbly serve the poorest in society."  

When are the meals? Meals are served every Thursday in Halls A & B from 6:00 - 6:45 pm. Each meal is expected to need approximately 25 volunteers. 
Contact Persons: 
•    Interested in being a Dining Room Volunteer? Contact Julie Rose, julierose9211@gmail.com
•    Interested in being a Kitchen Volunteer? Contact Zoe Mann, mzoe@hotmail.com
•    All other inquiries. Contact chairperson Karen Papa at kpapa@mac.com or (916) 223-1720


New Members:  We encourage volunteers to join us in serving dignity, companionship and a warm meal when they have opportunities to do so.  Before serving our guests, volunteers are asked to:
•    Sign the Divine Savior and Diocese of Sacramento – Parish Volunteer Agreement Form.
•    Be fingerprinted.
•    Complete the online, Diocese sponsored, “Safe Haven/Environment” course. 
•    Those working as a Kitchen Volunteer are asked to complete the online, Food Handlers Card training and certificate course.
•    Volunteers are asked to sign up for specific meal dates and tasks for a given week of the month. 

     FILIPINO MINISTRY - We seek to share our time-honored, cultural celebrations in order to enrich the spirituality of the parish community. Contact Priscilla Gonzales at (916) 533-2594 or email at Filipino Ministry/  Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/divinesaviorfilipinos/!

 

   HOSPITALITY - After all Sunday masses, parishioners and newcomers are encouraged to go to the hospitality room and sit down over a cup of coffee to visit and connect with the parish community.  Volunteers are asked to bring refreshments for the hospitality room. Contact parish office if you can donate. (916) 989-7400.

 

  LOAVES & FISHES - Participants drive to Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento on the second Wednesday of the month to help serve lunch to those in need. Contact Colleen Valentine (916) 474-5202  colleenV93@comcast.net

MANNA MINISTRY - Members prepare and deliver meals to those in need following surgery, an injury or illness, the birth of a child or the death of a loved one.  Contact Denise Verbeck (916)967-5110 deniseverb@aol.com

MINISTRY TO THE HOMEBOUND - People who bring the Eucharist to those who cannot make it to mass due to being homebound or in nursing homes and care facilities. Contact Mary Frontiera (916) 989-7400 mtthmary@outlook.com 

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SOCIETY - We seek to share with the Divine Savior community the rich Hispanic Culture by celebrating a Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe and by demonstrating love of the poor.  Events include the Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home Baby Shower, Las Posadas, Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lenten Soup Night, Christmas Basket Donation, Stations of the Cross and the Ofrenda Table.  Contact: Barbara Marquez (916)967-3102 bamarquez23@gmail.com or Terry Rodriguez (916) 222-2212 mtrdrgz@att.net

PRAYER SHAWL - A group of women who meet every other Thursday morning in the library to knit/crochet prayer shawls.  These beautiful shawls are given to individuals in need to provide comfort and to wrap them in love. Contact Nancy Begley (916) 961-8862 nbegley@yahoo.com

SAVE- Salvatorian Advocacy for Victims of Exploitation a non-profit organization of the Salvatorian Sisters in the U.S. Here at Divine Savior Parish, with the help of interested parishioners, the S.A.V.E./Human Trafficking committee hopes to awaken parishioners and the local public about how vulnerable people become victims of human trafficking, and explore ways to help them rebuild their lives.  For more information on the fishing industry you can read the following: Fishing Info Stopenslavement News Page  and information regarding how to contact the head of some of the seafood companies to ask about their practices.  Fish Company Letter 
If you would like to join this ministry please contact Sr. Jean Schafer SDS / 760-310-1821 jeansds@stopenslavement.org

MAIN ACTIVITIES: 

  • We share resources to educate ourselves and others about human trafficking (modern day slavery) in all its forms, including planning parish-based programs to help people of all ages be aware of human trafficking locally and globally.
  • We promote the ‘Stop Trafficking’ newsletter (http://www.stopenslavement.org/).
  • We explore activities that diminish the risk of our unconscious involvement in human trafficking.
  • We discuss ways to help victims and support their recovery.
  • We educate others about proposed state and federal legislation that strengthens the anti human trafficking efforts in CA and the USA.

SOCIAL JUSTICE - This goal us to bring education and awareness about social issues and to take action where we are able. We sell fair trade coffee and chocolate to help people from many counties provide for the needs of their families.  A Habitat for Humanity team helps families locally to build their own homes.  Volunteers work in one of our local schools and we collect  "Box Tops for Education" for a mission school in South Dakota.  We help provide for the needs of foster youth who are aging out of the foster care system and we collarborate with other ministries to provide information and awareness about social issues.  Contact Caroline Easton at the parish office (916) 989-7400 caroline@divinesavior.com

VOCATIONS - A vocation prayer group whose mission is to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. They pray for all of the baptized who have committed themselves to the sacrament of marriage and the single life.  They encourage people to dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ and to be thankful for the gift of priesthood, the Mass and the sacraments.  Families are invited to pray for vocation by participating in the Vocation Cross Program. For more information, contact Mona Varno, monavarno@ymail.com.