St. Rita’s Ministry is known as the patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes, abuse victims, and difficult marriages. The Church is often the first responder to instances of domestic abuse and the St. Rita Ministry serves to be a resource for support and referrals while providing education, outreach and awareness to the issue of domestic abuse. Using the parish infrastructure, the St. Rita Ministry is designed to prepare our pastoral staff, ministry volunteers and individual families within the parish community to respond with compassion, factual knowledge, prayer and resources that survivors need to make positive changes in their lives. The St. Rita Ministry does not hold monthly meetings. The volunteers (those who have completed the pre-screening process) cook and serve a home-cooked meal for the residents living at the 110- bed shelter (Harbor House) and host several parish events throughout the year to assist those affected
St. Rita Ministry hosts a variety of events particularly during the Lenten season. The Lenten donation drive collects donations (cleaning supplies, twin size sheets, diapers and baby wipes) for Harbor House of Central Florida, Orange County’s only certified domestic abuse agency. During the Friday night Lenten Fish Fry Dinners they host an information and dessert table. They also hold an holiday gift card and gift basket donation drive for the annual tree trimming celebration at Harbor House. St. Rita Ministry needs volunteers to work the table and bake desserts during the Lenten Fish Fry Dinners. They also need volunteers willing to attend a domestic abuse training to learn how to recognize and respond appropriately to survivors of domestic abuse and refer them to resources for safety and healing. Harbor House of Central Florida offers a free monthly training on the first Tuesday of every month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex. For more information on this vital and life changing ministry, contact parishioners and state certified domestic violence abuse advocates, Stephanie and John Kresl. The need is great!
Stephanie Kresl • (407) 353-3268 • email@example.com
John Kresl • (407) 496-3326 • firstname.lastname@example.org