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The following are under Ministries of Service:

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

One of the roles of a Parish focuses on bringing its people into a closer relationship with God.

In 1970, Community Outreach Programs were initiated and to-date are being reviewed, revised and expanded. The Parish has listened and is responding.

The Church of Our Lady of Joy, is a faith community of families welcoming and supporting each other. The Ministry to the Sick and Homebound was created to enable each person to maintain his/her place in our parish community. If you or anyone you know are in situations where any of the following services are needed, please contact the Parish Office.

  1. Taking Eucharist to the sick and homebound and providing the Parish Bulletin, Pittsburgh Catholic, and Missals.
  2. Greeting cards mailed to sick and homebound.
    1. Birthday
    2. Holidays
    3. Get well and thinking of you
  3. Provide transportation for the homebound in need for
    1. Church services
    2. Shopping etc.
    3. Relief for caregivers, etc.
  4. Provide spiritual support by weekly phone calls and/or visits to those who live alone.
  5. A special Mass for the sick and homebound including anointing will be held twice a year. The special Mass will be announced in the Sunday Parish Bulletin.

Again, if you or anyone you know is in need of any of the above services, please contact the Parish Office. A committee chairperson will contact an available volunteer. All calls will be kept confidential.

Outreach to the Poor

The Outreach to the Poor Ministry involves parishioners from Our Lady of Joy in service to the poor locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

At present we are focusing on the following areas:

  • Plum Food Pantry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
  • Jubilee Soup Kitchen
  • The Angel Tree
  • The Coat Drive
  • The Prayer Shawl Group (knitting for the poor)
  • The Chimbote Project
  • Market Day (selling high quality food for profit)
  • Collection of used eye glasses (Lions Club)


If you have any questions or comments about the content on this page, please contact Marge Smith at 412-795-6164 or Suzanne Teti at 412-798-2295.

Appalachia & Community Outreach

This outreach is a way for Our Lady of Joy to support any person within the local community and those within the Appalachian community.  The Outreach collects used (in good condition) furniture, clothes, books, appliances and many other household items.  The items are stored by the parish to distribute to those in need within our local community.  Once our stroage units are full, all items are trucked to Appalachia, at the parish's expense, to help the poor in the greater Appalachian area.  You may call the parish rectory to volunteer for the ministry or to make an appoinment to have items picked up 412-795-3388.


Our Lady of Joy has a bereavement ministry that is committed to assisting those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We offer a support group that meets for seven weeks twice a year in the spring and fall and concludes with a memorial service. We provide a place and structure that encourages participants to work through their loss. Our ministry is open to all in the community. All information exchanged within our support group remains private and confidential; no information will be shared with others. Our team has been trained by Catholic Charities and we are affiliated with the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved.

Please contact Liz Bachtel at 724 337 0049 or lizbachtel@comcast.net with any questions or comments.

Respect Life

This Parish organization supports pro-life activities and organizations whose purpose is to speak for and act on behalf of the youngest and most defenseless members of the human family... The Unborn Child. One of these groups is the Monroeville Pregnancy Center whose objective is to help and counsel those who are facing tough decisions regarding pregnancy.

If you have any questions or comments about the content on this page, please contact Sandy Strong.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of knitters or crocheters who meet at 9:00am on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month. They make shawls to distribute to the sick of the parish in which they have knitted or crocheted their prayers for the recipient of the shawl. Besides the shawls the group also makes chemo caps, hats, scarves, mittens and holiday items that are passed out to the homebound of the parish.

If you have any questions or comments about the content on this page, please contact Mary Lou O'Malley.