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Justice and Peace Ministry

ACES:  St. Ann’s helps support Ashland Christian Emergency Services with monetary donations, food, clothing, furniture and volunteer labor.
Contact: Don Hanky

Advocacy for Justice and Peace: Volunteers are needed to coordinate and communicate information about the legislative concerns generated by the Virginia Catholic Conference (serving both Virginia Dioceses), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and by our own Diocesan Offices.
Contact: Chris and Colleen Shields

Ashland Free Clinic Dinners: We provide simple dinners at St. James the Less for the volunteer clinic staff several times a year.
Contact: Kathy Prettyman

Cards of Caring: St. Ann’s reaches out to parishioners and others in the community who are sick, homebound or bereaved to remember them with special cards and notes, letting them know of our support, prayers and concern.
Contact: Kristin Donaldson

CARITAS: Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter provides hospitality, shelter and meals for homeless men and women in the greater Ashland/Hanover/Richmond area. We need volunteers to welcome them here at St. Ann’s, so we can make our Parish Hall their “home” for two weeks in June.
Contact: Russ Wisler, John McDonell, Steve Turner

CROP Walk: Parishioners join a national network of people (Communities Responding to OVercome Poverty) united to combat hunger by participating in CROP hunger Walks.
Contact: Bill Ploof

Christmas Angel Giving Tree: At Christmas, volunteers coordinate the collection and distribution of gifts to identified under-privileged local families.
Contact: Sherry McDonell, Janice Pagnini

Haiti Twinning Committee: St. Ann’s supports our Twin Parish in Haiti, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, by providing funds and materials to assist their educational programs and other basic needs.
Contact:  Patricia Hawn 

Outreach Dinners: St. Ann’s invites local individuals and families to come in and enjoy a Sunday evening dinner in the Parish Hall. Many hands-on volunteers are needed to provide this much appreciated special social even – good food and fellowship.
Contact: Sherry McDonell, Ann Marie Blackeney, Christine Gregas,

Parish Advocate: acts on behalf of persons with disabilities to ensure that all are invited to share in the life of the parish.
Contact: Melissa Kelsey

Prayer Shawl Ministry: This group gathers at St. Ann’s regularly to pray, crochet and knit blankets and shawls for the sick and homebound, and to make baby blankets for newly baptized babies and children.
Contact: Marilyn Pollard or Katy Connell

Prison Ministry: Visitation to inmates in local prisons.
Contact: Fr. Chris

Red Cross Emergency Shelter: St. Ann’s is an official American Red Cross Emergency Shelter that can be utilized during extreme emergencies in the Ashland and western Hanover area.
Contact: Russ Wisler

Scrip Program: Volunteers organize the sale of git/debit cards for over fifty national stores. The parish receives a percentage of sales made with these cards directly from the participating merchants. Proceeds benefit our Justice and Peace ministries.
Contact:  Sandi Cullen

Stop Hunger Now: Volunteers package meals that are used to feed people in emergency situations outside the continental United States.
Contact:  Drew & Tina Darby  or  Julie Rixner

Visiting the Sick and Homebound: Parishioners are trained by the Pastor to extend our love and concern to those who are homebound, or in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or hospitals. By visiting with them, our volunteers unite them with our larger parish community by providing caring support, by listening to their concerns, and if they would like, by praying and reading scripture with them, and bringing them Holy Communion.
Contact: Fr. Chris or Lise Mikkelson

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