In accordance with the Diocesan Safe Environment Program, all staff and volunteers working in ministries and organizations involving children, youth, and vulnerable adults need to secure safety clearance and a picture ID badge. Further information may be obtained through the parish website www.stritaparish.net, or by contacting Susan Podkrash, Parish Safety Director, 214-451-6514.
Organizations that have a welcome presence at St. Rita Catholic Community
but have a primary relationship to a group or organization outside of the parish
(and which controls their programs, personnel, finances, etc.).
The listing of these Non-Parish Based Organization (NPBO)
does not imply the endorsement by St. Rita Parish Community,
or knowledge of the activities of the said group”.
The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus (Council #11169) is a fraternal service organization of men, founded under the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. This organization provides men a vehicle for building up the parish community and family life with an emphasis on family, youth, church, council, and community activities. The Knights sponsor several very well attended fund raising events throughout the year such as pancake breakfasts, Father-Daughter Dance, Scout Sunday and assist with the Parish Picnic.
Contact: Rich Dake, 214-704-0927
Stephen Ministry is an extension of Pastoral Care. Our mission is to equip lay volunteers to provide one-to-one Christian caregiving to hurting people. Stephen Ministers complete 50 hours of training and are commissioned by our Pastor. A Stephen Minister will meet with a care receiver once a week for about an hour for as long as the care receiver will benefit by the relationship. The visits will offer listening, support, encouragement and prayer to those experiencing difficulty and hurt in their lives. The ministry is completely confidential and free of charge. If you would like to meet with a Stephen Minister, or volunteer to be one, please call the confidential hotline below.
Stephen Ministry Program - Confidential Hotline
214-451-6503 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
St. Rita’s St. Vincent de Paul Society helps the needy within our parish boundaries. When an individual or family requests assistance in paying rent, utilities or other necessities, two members of the Society visit their homes and determine their need. They and the entire group then discuss the case at the weekly meeting and decide how to address their immediate financial need and work with the family to improve their life situation. The group maintains the parish food pantry for supplying food to those in need. Volunteers are also needed for support of our members including communications, computer, and organizational tasks. We meet Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Pastoral Center Lounge.
The St. Vincent de Paul Hotline: 972-232-1393
Austin Street Shelter
On the fourth Tuesday of every month, parishioners from St. Rita take food to the downtown homeless shelter. Parishioners prepare sandwiches in their homes and deliver them to the church. Volunteers transport the food to the Shelter in the evening where they then serve the food to the less fortunate. Help is needed for food preparation, delivery and serving of the food.
Contact: Anne & John Wilson, 972-490-9275
Boy Scout Troop 838
The Boy Scout program teaches citizenship, character, physical fitness, and leadership skills. The boys participate in fun outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, snow skiing, water skiing, backpacking, firearms training, and other activities. The boys earn merit badges in a variety of different topics and earn religious awards. The boys lead the Troop and organize trips and events. However, the Troop has a large number of parents who provide assistance to the Scoutmaster in helping the boys run a program that prepares them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime.
Contact: Scott Dunkerley, 214-215-4944
Cub Scouts Pack 838
Open to all boys in the Parish in 1st-5th grade. Boys participate in Den meetings where they learn individual skills and participate in numerous activities that are designed to make their scouting experience fun and to prepare them for Boy Scouts. In addition to Den meetings, the boys attend a monthly Pack meeting where they are recognized for their accomplishments and continue to learn about their faith, leadership and citizenship. Other activities include two family campouts per year, the always exciting Pinewood Derby and the Cake Bake. All of our activities are open to the whole family!
Contact: Pat Doyle, 214-957-1968
The Girl Scouts help girls to develop in all aspects of life: physically, mentally, and spiritually. Fun activities and service projects help each girl to learn about herself and others.
Contact: Sharis Hauder, 214-361-9631
American Heritage Girls
AHG is open to girls ages 5-18. Our mission is to build women of integrity through faith, service and fun. Girls experience new challenges that teach service, team-building and leadership skills.
Shannon Catalina, 972-907-2762
Catholic Charities of Dallas serves those in need in all nine counties of the Diocese of Dallas by strengthening families, alleviating hunger, preventing homelessness, and welcoming the stranger; and calls the community to action. Catholic Charities serves the community through the Santa Clara Community Center offering after school programs and parent-child ESL courses, the Brady Senior Center, a licensed Pregnancy & Adoption program for birth mothers and
adoptive parents, food assistance, individual financial counseling and job placement, the Refugee Resettlement program, and the Immigration & Legal Services program.
Catholic Charities of Dallas couldn’t exist without the support of the St. Rita community!
For information on getting help or giving help, contact Michelle Gagne, 469-801-8107 or visit www.ccdallas.org
Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI)
Dallas Area Interfaith is a grassroots organizing effort with members from more than 40 congregations in Dallas and Collin counties. The organization teaches citizens how to negotiate effectively with civic and school organizations that affect their lives. DAI only takes up issues that come from the member congregations. Those issues frequently are concerned with good schools, safe neighborhoods, health care and living wage strategies. DAI attempts to bring about systemic social change.
Contact: Johanna Parkinson, 972-416-9260.
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Children who are removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse enter into an impersonal and overloaded system of courts and foster homes. CASA is a national organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates that provide reliable support to these children. They investigate their home situations and keep track of the child as he or she finds a stable place to call home. There is a tremendous need for volunteers who will help these children. Training is provided.
Contact: Larry Dolan, 214-357-0815
Juvenile Prison Ministry
In keeping with the Catholic tradition of ministry to our incarcerated brothers and sisters, St. Rita Juvenile Ministry participates in programs such as Lend an Ear, one on one visits, Living Skills, Communion Services and Bible Study programs. Volunteer times are flexible.
Contact: John Beatty, 972-679-5572
North Dallas Shared Ministries
A coalition of North Dallas-area interdenominational churches provides emergency assistance to low-income clients while promoting self-respect and responsibility. St. Rita parishioners donate food to the food pantry, and volunteer at the Emergency Aid Center and Medical Clinics. Financial assistance, a clothing store, ESL classes and job counseling are also offered.
Contact: Carole George, 972-243-5359
The Serra Club is an international organization of Catholic men and women who foster, promote and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and to encourage members in fellowship through education to fulfill their Christian vocations to service. The club meets twice monthly: on 1st Friday at a designated parish for early Mass followed by breakfast and program, and on 3rd Friday at Park City Club for luncheon and program. Programs sponsored by the Club include: VAP - A Weekend of Discernment for Single Catholic Men and Women at Holy Trinity Seminary; the Annual Vocations Day for 5th grade diocesan school students at Holy Trinity Seminary; the Annual Religious Women’s Appreciation Mass and Dinner; the Annual Altar Server Mass and Awards Banquet; the Annual Clergy Appreciation Outing; plus a number of additional activities to show our appreciation for seminarians, clergy and religious.
Contact: Roland Pedevilla, 214-352-6252