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Service Ministries

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. St. Hilary's clients come not only from our own parish but also from neighboring parishes. These referrals usually come from the pastor, the school, or responses to the message in the church bulletin. With needs that vary from spiritual to financial, clients can depend on their identity remaining anonymous. Help from our members takes many forms: visiting the elderly, helping young, single mothers from who have opted against abortion obtain necessary food, clothing and furniture, paying monthly bills (up to three months, depending on the need) as well as sponsoring a yearly blood drive and several clothing drives during the year. Sometimes our help extends to foreign children in countries such as the Philippines and Venezuela. If you have questions about the work of our conference, or if you wish to inquire about membership, please call the rectory or the coordinator for St. Hilary's conference.

The Bereavement Ministry of St. Hilary of Poitiers Parish is a ministry of consolation offering spiritual care, support and compassion of those in our community who are experiencing loss and grief at the death of a loved one. The Bereavement Minister assists the family of the deceased with planning the Funeral Liturgy, and serves as a minister of hospitality at the Liturgy. The minister also offers prayer and support to the family in the days and months following the Funeral Liturgy. In addition the Bereavement Ministry offers a "Parish Prayer Line" where parishioners can call and ask for prayers for various intentions. Their intentions are then prayed for by 25 parishioners who have volunteered to pray for parish intentions. Prayer is the greatest force in the universe, there is no limit to the good that can come about by resting all our cares in Gods providence. For more information about Bereavement Ministry contact Mrs. Elizabeth Field at the Rectory or Evelyn Strigle at (215) 885-0976 for the Prayer Line.

The Respect Life Committee is a group of parishioners who meet a few times during the year. The focus of the group is to call attention to the sanctity of all life, especially the elderly, the isolated and the unborn. The committee provides support to organizations within the area that share this commitment. Reminders of the mission are highlighted on Respect Life Sunday, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Please contact the Respect Life coordinator for additional information.

Church Cleaners are a group of men and women who accept the responsibility of cleaning the Sanctuary and Sacristy areas one day a month. The work is usually done on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Scheduling is done by the school secretary. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the rectory. Church Decorators decorate the church for the Christmas and Easter Holy days. New people with new ideas are always welcome. Contact the coordinator for additional information.