The Caring Ministries at St. Teresa of Avila strive to be the loving hands and feet of Jesus to others. If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below contact the parish secretary Barb Walkauskas at bwalkauskas@avilaparish.org or 412.367.9001 and she will connect you with the appropriate coordinator.

Landscaping Committee
The Landscaping Committee plans activities and organizes projects to help create and maintain a peaceful and inspirational setting to welcome parishioners and visitors to St. Teresa Parish. Coordinator: Kathleen Washy 

Social Services Volunteers
Social services volunteers assist Sr. Irene in a variety of ways including:

  • Drivers/companions for doctor trips, shopping, for homebound parishioners
  • Visits to parishioners at home or in Nursing Homes
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to parishioners in the hospital
  • Catholic Communion Services at Perrytown Place (monthly) and HCR Manor Care (weekly)
  • The Diocesan “Emmaus Journey” (7-week bereavement program) in the Fall and Spring
  • The annual “Afternoon of Reflection for the Bereaved and “Grieving Through the Holidays” in November
  • The Canteen for the twice yearly Blood Drive (June and December);
  • The Ministry of Praise (homebound/elderly pray for the Parish)

Volunteers are welcome in any area of service. Coordinator: Sister Irene Moeller

Church Cleaning Crew
Church cleaning volunteers see that the church is clean prior to Saturday and Sunday Masses. All those available arrive at the church every Friday morning around 9:45 AM. Coordinator: Sally Hansel

Baptismal Garments
Volunteers make the Baptismal bibs for the children in the parish that are being baptized. Understanding that the garment might be a cherished keepsake for the family, and that we want to assure the sewing adornment merits the dignity of the Sacrament, there is an assessment of skills for participation. Coordinator: Judy Dames

Bereavement Support Team
The Bereavement Support Team reaches out to St. Teresa Parish Families who have lost a loved one, that they know they are not forgotten after the public period of grieving. A family representative is contacted by telephone, about 6 weeks and again in 6 months from time of death to gently inquire if family has begun to adjust to this new life. The role of the Support Team is not to become personally involved but to listen, remain objective and to pray with them. Coordinator: Helen Novak       

Bethlehem Haven Outreach
Bethlehem Haven Outreach serves homeless women by providing a continuum of care through meals and fellowship that leads toward self-sufficiency. All women of the parish are welcome to assist with cooking/serving a meal once a month (the 3rd Saturday—leave home at 6 PM and are back by 8:30 PM) and offering a listening ear or a prayer. Coordinator: Maureen Fabra

Vocations Committee
Throughout the year The Vocation Committee sponsor events and services to pray for an increase in vocations: Church bulletin announcements, Holy Hour twice a year, holiday cards to seminarians, Christmas gift for youth servers, and the traveling cross are a few examples of what is done during the year. Coordinator: Tom J. Dionise