St. John the Baptist has a number of outreach efforts individuals can engage with. To find out more about a particular ministry, please click on the ministry.
To get involved with any of these ministries, please contact Andrea Mendoza at 253.893.6684 or AndreaM@sjtbcc.org
If you would like to learn more about the "why" behind the outreach we engage with, please visit our Catholic Social Teaching & Advocacy page.
The Christ’s 2nd Commandment (C2C) Ministry, acting on Matt. 22:39, promotes the awareness that all those we meet in life are our neighbors, with special emphasis toward aiding the homeless. This ministry supports Vine Maple Place. Ministry members are guided by the process of “Action & Contemplation” within a Small Faith Group setting.
The St. John the Baptist Creation Care Team will promote just and equitable sustainability of natural resources through personal and communal awareness, attitude, and action. We are entrusted as stewards of God’s creation, which is our common home. As people of faith, we affirm that all of God’s creation is sacred.
The Garden of the Good Shepherd helps those in need of food by growing and cultivating a vegetable garden and donating the crop yield to food banks for distribution. Successful crops have been harvested, and continued expansion and improvements are planned for future development.
The Corpus Christi Companion Parish Committee focuses on developing and deepening our parish relationship with the Union de las Aldeas Corpus Christi, our companion parish in San Sebastian, Guatemala. The committee sponsors events and activities within our parish through which the lives and hopes of our companions become known to us, as well as visits to Union de las Aldeas Corpus Christi.
Life, Justice & Peace Commission
Connects social outreach from our parish to the broader community. We coordinate specific outreach ministries as needed. The Life, Justice & Peace Commission allocates parish financial resources for various outreach ministries.
We help women who are pregnant and/or have young families until their youngest child reaches age six. We need people who believe in the rights of the unborn and want to help women in a difficult situation by serving at our office 4-6 hours a week.
PREPARES walks the journey with pregnant and parenting women, men, and families, who find themselves lacking a healthy support network. Families will be able to access mentors and holistic wrap-around services from the time of awareness of pregnancy to the child’s fifth birthday. PREPARES is a joint initiative with Catholic Community Services.
This ministry serves homeless individuals and families, who only have vehicles for shelter. Catholic Community Services is our partner, which screens and does background checks on participants. Parish volunteers provide oversight for safety and security. On-site visits, with at least two people teams, are done between 9 pm to 8 am on a predetermined schedule.
Throughout the year, the parish community assists or supports a number of causes that individuals can engage with on a one-time or short-term basis. These include walks such as the Relay for Life in the spring, collection drives for items like school supplies, and holiday support providing hundreds of meals for local families in need around Thanksgiving and wrapping around families through our annual Giving Tree Store during Christmas.
We serve people in need within our general parish area by providing rent, utility and food assistance via vouchers and Helpline referral. We work directly with landlords, utilities and local agencies to provide this assistance. Currently, we are providing this assistance via phone calls and deliveries of food and other items. We plan to resume home visits, done in teams of two, once it is safe to do so.