- Bread for the World
Bread for the World (BFW) is a nationwide Christian grassroots ministry that educates our United States Congress on hunger issues, both here and abroad. Our parish ministry meets regularly to discuss these issues and information from BFW’s leadership.
In addition to regular communication with our members of Congress, we engage the entire parish in an annual Offering of Letters, in an effort to create new anti-hunger legislation.
Members of this ministry can do many things, including writing letters, making phone calls, making personal visits to representatives and senators, and contacting the local media on specific hunger issues. The BFW ministry provides an opportunity for each of us to be faithful to the scriptural admonition to feed the poor.
- Camillus Casserole Project
Each month, members of this ministry make a casserole for the residents of Camillus House. Our parish and several other parishes all prepare the same recipe.
We will give you the pans and the recipes. The frozen casseroles are delivered to St. Louis Church on the first Wednesday of the month. This ministry produced 14,000 meals for Camillus House last year.
All casseroles for the upcoming months must be brought to Saint Louis Catholic Church during the hours of 7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m. or 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. on the dates listed below on the Casserole Program Calendar.
Someone from the ministry will be by the 120th St. entrance of the church in between the church and the bookstore at both times to receive your frozen casserole. At the time of delivery, you need to check in with one of the committee members who are collecting casseroles, and make sure the committee member checks off your name. This assists us in keeping track of the contributors, and the likely numbers of persons we can feed each month. Remember, the casserole must be frozen and covered completely. This is VERY IMPORTANT.
Please indicate the name of the casserole recipe on the lid of the casserole container (a black permanent marker works well before freezing). Please note cooling and freezing directions at the end of the Ziti recipe.
Please DO NOT bring your casseroles to Saint Louis Catholic Church at the ANY OTHER TIMES.
If you forget your casserole, keep the frozen casserole until the next drop off and bring BOTH at that time.
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.”
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
- Detention Ministry
This prison ministry serves inmates at State and Federal Institutions. Our purpose is to develop a sense of community among the inmates, to maintain a bond between the inmates and the Catholic community, and in many cases, to bring them back to their Catholic roots.
We teach Catholic doctrine and offer opportunities for spiritual growth through the reception of Holy Communion, scriptural reflections and studies, R.C.I.A. preparation, pastoral visits, retreats, prayer and life workshops and through 12-step programs such as AA, NA, and Bridge Builders. Most importantly, we share how God has been at work in our lives.
We also need teachers for basic language skills and for GED training. We are always looking for volunteers who are well grounded in their faith and are willing to share their faith with others. Volunteers must commit to minister for a minimum of one year.
We will provide training and partner you with an experienced member of the ministry. If you have been involved in an adult formation program you may already have the background for this ministry.
- Feed My Sheep
Through collaboration amongst Panera Bread Restaurant, MorningStar Renewal Center, Camillus House, Homestead Soup Kitchen and the St. Louis Catholic Church Men’s Emmaus Ministry, excess bread and baked goods from the Panera Bakery located at US1 and SW 136 Street are gathered Sunday evenings by Ministry members and distributed to various communities in need.
- Hope, Heart and Home
HOPE, HEART & HOME MINISTRY was created to oversee a recruiting effort in the South Dade Deanery of the Archdiocese of Miami to support a coalition of child advocate groups committed to serve foster care in Miami.
Over a dozen Catholic parishes have joined forces to team up with child welfare partners including Citrus Family Care Network, Guardian ad Litem, Voices For Children, Educate Tomorrow, Florida Foster Care Review, Children’s Trust, Kristi House, His House, South Florida Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, One More Child, The Citrus FCN Youth Advisory Board (YAC), Explore Foster Miami, Casa Valentina, Children’s Home Society, First Star, UM Law School, Safe Families for Children, Catholic Charities Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program, Lifeline Children Services, Center for Family and Child Enrichment, and CAREPORTAL!
- Habitat for Humanity
The Habitat for Humanity ministry engages volunteers to support this internationally recognized charity’s efforts to provide homes and revive communities for low income families throughout Dade County.
Volunteers are invited to join together and work with other Catholic and Christian churches in monthly team building construction projects on the fourth Saturday each month and other special occasions. No skills are required; Men, women and teens ages 18 and over are welcome.
- Homebound Visitation
Our Ministers bring Communion to our sick brothers and sisters in their homes. Along with bringing our Greatest Gift, Jesus, the ministers spend time supporting the sick, their families and caregivers.
Because our Christian faith tells us that we are the images and bearers of God, we bring to the sick not only ourselves but also our God, who seeks to surround us continually with love and compassion. In visiting the sick, the minister extends emotional and spiritual gifts to the sick person and his or her family.
The experience also provides an opportunity for the personal spiritual growth of each Eucharistic Minister. Each member of the ministry must be commissioned as a Eucharistic Minister by our pastor before they may participate in the ministry.
- Hospital Visitation
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion provide timely visitations, mediations and spiritual support to all Catholic patients at Baptist Kendall Hospital every Wednesday and the first Sunday of every month.
The Ministers attend mass and bring the Holy Eucharist, our precious gift, to alleviate the spiritual suffering to many who are eager to receive Him. The Ministers listen to the patient’s fears and provide spiritual support not only to the sick but their families as well.
To participate you need to be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in Saint Louis Church, have a letter from the church stating they have received your background screening clearance; therefore you are required attend a hospital orientation which is offered twice a year.
The Humanities (Outreach) Ministry is “Faith in Action” assisting the poor and those less fortunate. We try to bring joy to the young and old and lighten the load of those in need in our parish or in the larger community of MiamiDade while involving as many members of the Parish as possible in our efforts.
No regular meetings are held, but you may contribute your time, talent or treasure in one of the many outreach programs throughout the year. We advertise our projects in the bulletin, on the website, and through e-mail to those who participated in the past.
They include making Easter baskets, collecting for Thanksgiving baskets and food distribution, and the Family to Family program at Christmas (providing food and gifts for families in need). The ministry also maintains a small food bank which accepts donations and provides bulk food year round to St. Ann’s Mission, to support the work of missionaries in Homestead, the Soup Kitchen and to the Sisters of Charity in downtown Miami, to name a few.
Recipients of your time, talent and treasure include migrant families, families of children with AIDS, the homeless fed through the Sisters of Charity, Purdue Nursing Home, parish families in need and many others referred to us by social workers in our community. The Humanities Ministry is funded entirely by tax-deductible donations from loving and caring individuals and families who support its work.
- Respect Life
The Respect Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Miami is dedicated to defending the dignity of each individual person in fidelity to the Catholic Church, from the moment of conception until natural death.
Through their five Pregnancy Care Centers, this ministry offers viable alternatives to abortion, healing prayer for those who have had abortions, and the opportunity for men, women and youth to reach out in defense of those who cannot defend themselves.
You can be a champion for Life by volunteering in this ministry: join the St. Louis Respect Life Committee; educate citizens, business and government leaders; assist needy pregnant mothers with alternatives to abortion especially through the Gabriel Project Ministry; provide healing counsel and prayer for women and men who are also victims of abortion.
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The South Dade Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy tests and Sonograms, counseling, “Earn While You Learn” classes, material assistance and post-abortion counseling.
South Dade Pregnancy Ctr
3410 S.W. 107 Avenue
Miami Fl 33165
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For more than 30 years, we have been serving the people of our community through very difficult times in their lives. We believe that every person has inherent dignity, and we strive to treat everyone with respect. We believe that every woman, if loved and supported, can rise to her highest capacity in relationship to herself and others. We are committed to address the special needs of women with problems related to pregnancy, of men and women struggling to accept responsibility for their power to generate human life, and of all persons who have had or have taken part in an abortion. We serve people without regard to age, gender, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability or other arbitrary circumstance.
New donations are welcomed. Please call ahead to arrange for drop-off. Donations may not be dropped off at the Church Office. Please call (305) 299-8840 to make other arrangements.