Below is a list of Year of Mercy Ministries, designed to help those most in need. By concentrating on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, we hope to reach out in God’s love to those in need.
The Boyne Valley Catholic Community Jail Ministry prays for and visits the inmates of the Charlevoix County Jail. Our mission is to bring the hope and love of Jesus Christ to the incarcerated through prayer, visitation, Bible study, etc. We also hope to provide support, encouragement and hope to the families of those incarcerated. We currently visit the jail every Wednesday for a Bible study for women, and every other Thursday for a Bible study for men. We have a group of 4 women and 5 men who visit and lead the Bible study. If you would like more information or know of someone in need, or if you would like to get involved in this ministry, please contact: Don Nohel: 231-330-5436; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry to Children and Families
This ministry focuses on the needs of children and families in our area. By gathering in our committee we assess the needs in our area and work to meet them the best we can. Through educating, gathering supplies, going into the community to bring needed services and looking at what our community is asking for, we strive to reach out to our youngest and those in the path of raising them. Examples include tutoring children in need, gathering supplies for Safe Families for Children, collecting clothing items at certain times of the year, etc. For more information, please contact Ann Stebelton at annstebelton@hotmail.
Human Life and Dignity
As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/
The Human Life and Dignity Committee at Boyne Valley Catholic Community strives to look at all issues from conception to natural death, and inform, educate and promote these issues. The committee is involved with issues such as Rachel’s Vineyard, Natural Family Planning, Pro-Life March and other pro-life issues, end of life issues such as euthanasia, durable power of attorney, and five wishes, to name just a few. For more information, please contact Jane O’Brien (email@example.com), Kristyn Lent (firstname.lastname@example.org), Steve Czerkes (email@example.com), or Cathy Czerkes (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
A ministry in which organized, trained and supervised persons provide one-on-one Christian care to individuals of our community by creating an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance, reassurance and encouragement. They are a team of caregivers who listen and provide support to meet the needs of people who are grieving, in crisis, experiencing divorce, illness, loneliness or facing other life challenges and difficulties. If you facing any of life challenges or just want someone to listen to you a member of the Stephen Ministry is available to meet with you . Stephen Ministry Leaders: Doug and Janice Reynolds at 231-549-2719 – Parish Office at 231-582-7718.
The work of the Good Neighbors Food Pantry, located in Boyne City, along with the Boyne Falls Food Pantry in Boyne Falls and the Care and Share Pantry in East Jordan, is to provide food and other items to those most in need. The goal is to help those with food insecurities so no one in the area will go without a meal. Run by volunteers of various churches and other organizations, the food pantries strive to meet the basic needs of the people in Boyne City, Boyne Falls and East Jordan. The parishes also work in conjuction with the Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry and the Community Reformed Church Food Pantry, both in Boyne City. For more information , please contact Jim Rhadigan at email@example.com.
More information to follow.
Nicaragua Sister Parish
Boyne Valley Catholic Community is working on the possible of a sister parish in El Cacao, Nicaragua. A delegation from BVCC traveled to Nicaragua in March of 2017 to meet the people from our sister parish. It was an incredible experience. Please see the link below for more information, and look for more information in the coming months.