Please call the office 371-3100 for Ministry contact information.
This ministry leads bereaved families toward the Catholic liturgical tradition which offers reverence for death, peace, grace and hopefulness for those who remain. This ministry seeks to guide the grieving, so that memories of the loved ones are united to the Resurrection and to our life on earth. We interact with clergy to provide liturgies and opportunities for worship for families of the deceased. In addition the committee contacts the families of the deceased prior to the burial and assists with the preparation of the funeral liturgy, visitation, reception, etc. They also plan the special liturgy for All Souls’ Day in remembrance of all parishioners who died the past year.
If you feel that you can play a vital role in providing support to families who have lost loved ones please contact us to see how you can help.
The mission of our parish newsletter is to spread “the good news” of St. Barbara Parish to our parish family. We strive to excite and inform our parishioners about the amazing and varied activities at our parish. Each quarter, the Crosstalk is nestled inside the parish bulletin as well as posted on the parish website and app. The Crosstalk is also emailed to all parishioners with an email address on file in the parish database. The issues are normally published mid-month in February, May, August, and November.
Each issue of the Crosstalk typically includes articles from Father Sterling and Deacon Melville, as well as features on our parish ministries and inspiring stewards. News about our parish family, youth group, children's and adult religious education programs, St. Henry grade school, and parish events are also shared. The co-editors plan each issue, solicit content from the parish staff and coordinators, and write articles as needed. To contribute content or suggestions, please email [email protected] or contact an editor listed in the Crosstalk email or bulletin.
Families for Life
Families for Life provides a structure through which people of all ages and abilities can channel their energy and direct their efforts to be involved in pro-life ministry in our parish, diocese and community. Our purpose is to educate and raise awareness for the Church’s teaching regarding the sanctity of life, through parish programs, activities, and service projects. They include the Spiritual Adoption Program, Baby Shower for area pregnancy centers, Cross the Bridge for Life, Field of White Crosses, and various other opportunities to foster awareness for respect for life from conception to natural death. Planning meetings are held when needed. All parishioners invited to become involved.
Family Promise of Northern Kentucky is a nonprofit organization, located in Newport, Kentucky; our aim is to help create a solution for families experiencing homelessness. Family Promise of Northern Kentucky is the only location in the state of KY which accepts the family unit as a whole. Local churches, including St. Barbara have teamed up to support this organization. If you're interested in volunteering (no matter how limited your time) or would like more information, then please feel free to contact our parish coordinators, Michael Fay and Debbie Feldman.
Hearts and Hands
The purpose of the Hearts and Hands Health Ministry of St. Barbara's Church is to extend our hearts and hands to our faith community in a professional and personal manner, which will promote holistic wellness within the parishioners and the parish. By sharing the time and talents of this ministry we are bringing an appreciation and understanding of how body, mind and spirit make up the whole person and how they are linked to a spiritual growth and physical well-being.
The ministry continually looks for members who are nurses and health ministers (non-nurses) to share their unique talents surrounding good physical and spiritual health. Everyone is invited to share their related talents to this important ministry.
Hearts and Hands Ministry currently supports the parish and the community through the following opportunities:
Elizabeth Ministry - This ministry provides a gift of welcome to the newborn babies of St. Barbara parish, as well as a small gift to the new moms
Greeting Cards - Cards are sent to parishioners for holistic wellness (celebration,encouragement, congratulations, sympathy, etc) and also to welcome new parishioners to our faith community.
Health Education and Promotion
Health Screenings - offering blood pressure screenings
Meals - delivering meals to those who are ill or blessed as new parents
Prayer Blankets - given to those having surgery or suffering from serious illness
Sick and Homebound
If you have talents that meet the requirements and are interested in becoming a part of this vital parish ministry, please contact us to see where you can be of assistance.
The Prayer Hot-line is a ministry made of a handful of parishioners that help parishioners pray for specific requests. Please submit your prayer request to [email protected]
St. Vincent De Paul
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (known as "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
The Society 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. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States - more than 1,000 in the St. Barbara Parish boundaries.
Contact the parish office for more information if you are interested in joining our ministry.
Check out the videos below:
This short 9 minute video tells you the Society's mission and what it does
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTArfk8BL3M This is the USA national SVdP video – about 9 minutes that summarizes visually who we are, what we do, etc.
Vinnies Family Animation - 3:30 minute video on what the Society does
Copy of our 2021 Semi Annual Report to the Parish