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"Every time your parish meets an individual's basic needs, advocates for social change to reduce poverty and creates a partnership to improve the community, you are doing parish social ministry and being a living witness to the Gospel that responds to the needs of our brothers and sisters." — Catholic Charities USA

Parish-based ministries provide a means to live out the Church's social teaching. The Parish Social Ministry Office helps parishes develop ministries that allow them to work to address local needs and issues, as well as those of their own parish community.

The Parish Social Ministry Office works closely with the Social Action Office. Prison outreach, participation in Catholic Relief Services' programs, disaster preparedness and recovery, operating or volunteering at food pantries are examples of parish social ministries. It is a program of Catholic Charities of Arkansas. To set up a visit with a member of our staff, Contact Us. To learn more from Catholic Charities USA, visit their website.

Family Assistance Program

The Family Assistance Program aims to provide long-term solutions to families and individuals referred by parishes who are coping with chronic economic crises. It replaced the former Emergency Assistance Program. The process may involve meetings with a Catholic Charities staff member and working together to develop a plan that can help an individual or family stabilize their financial situation and achieve long-term economic goals. Learn more.

St. Dymphna Society

The St. Dymphna Society is a support group for those struggling with mental illness and their families. The goal is to provide support and help participants realize their value and understand they are welcome. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month on the campus of St. John Catholic Center beginning with Mass at 6 p.m. No reservations are necessary, and all are welcome to attend. To learn more, contact Rebecca Cargile at (501) 664-0340, ext. 355. Visit our Calendar of Events for dates.

Disaster Preparedness and Response

Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Response to natural disasters in Arkansas is coordinated through this office. For more information, contact Tracy Eichenberger, disaster preparedness and response coordinator, at (501) 246-9088. If you would like to donate, please go to Disaster Relief Fund.