SS. John & Bernard Parish
To grow as a Catholic community, united by the Holy Spirit, living our faith in Jesus Christ and sharing God's truth and love with all people
Other Parish Ministries
Sr. Paulita Walters & Sr. Sharon Wedig:
347 Catalpa St., P.O. Box 1352; Benton Harbor, MI
The Readiness Center provides pre-school programs for area children, after-school programs, and parenting programs. The Readiness Center often needs volunteers for specific things such as assisting children in class and helping parents with home economics and crafts. Please call Sr. Paulita or Sr. Sharon to find out if you could volunteer in some way.
Catholic Community Center
Sr. Mary Pung & Sr. Maureen McGraff:
346 Catalpa, Benton Harbor, MI
9:00-12:00 Walk-in assistance
We cannot return phone calls until after 1:00
The Center provides a caring Christian presence to the people in the Benton Harbor area. Its community outreach services provide information, personal support and assistance with food, utilities and other basic needs.
It also functions as a resource redistribution center, where people can share their talents, skills, resources, and time with those who need help. In particular, we would appreciate additional volunteers to work in the office greeting people, answering the phone, and working with files. Volunteers are used for working in the food pantry as well loading/unloading groceries, etc. and packing bags of food for food distribution days. There is also a thrift store.
It is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with people in our community and to help those who are seeking assistance. The Catholic Community Center generally needs: laundry and dish soap, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo.
Thrift Store Hours
9:00-2:00 Monday - Thursday
The Thrift Store can always use the following gently used items: Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Clothing, Winter Wear.
Drop off any day M-F 9:00-3:00
This ministry serves those who are incarcerated in Berrien County Jail. Volunteers are there to assure them that they are not forgotten by the Catholic Church. Prayer services and ministering are done once a week. A training session is held with Sr. Rita Schafer (now retired from working at the Catholic Community Center) prior to entering this ministry. Ministers also participate in the training session of the Forgotten Man Ministries which supplies chaplains to many jails. Each person is photographed and fingerprinted for identification purposes for admittance to the jail. Those interested in this ministry can reach Sr. Rita via the Parish Office at (269) 925-2425 .
SS. John & Bernard Parish provides volunteers for the Soup Kitchen on the 1st Friday of every month and the 4th Monday of every other month. Call Terri Wallis at (269) 463-5774 for more information or you can call the Soup Kitchen at (269) 925-5457 , located at 233 Michigan St., Benton Harbor, to see what other opportunities there are for you to help.
Habitat for Humanity
SS. John and Bernard Parish participates with Habitat for Humanity on a build every year. Linda Wendholt helps to lead the project. Call the Parish Office for more information.