A Better Way
A Better Way is a mental health support group for adults 18 and older who are seeking friendship and belonging through a healthy lifestyle. We welcome those with an SMI, or serious mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizoaffective and bipolar disorder. Established in June 2012, we meet monthly and, if necessary, it may be virtually.
Evelyn and Justine Thompson —
All Saints Career Ministry
All Saints Career Ministry (ASCM) exists to provide practical help and invaluable hope to those experiencing employment challenges and transitions. The Career Ministry seeks to educate, equip and encourage parishioners and others in our community to hear God’s calling, maximize their career, and get the right job. We aim to connect parishioners professionally and strive to facilitate connections between employers and candidates within our community. Volunteers from a wide range of professional backgrounds can serve as mentors or other capacities and participate based on their availability.
Tracy Voegtle — 972-778-0322,
Ministry members write personal notes to parishioners expressing sympathy and prayers on the loss of a loved one, or prayers from our parish family for healing, wisdom and understanding.
Judy Vidas —
English as a Second Language
All Saints offers ESL for adults following the RISD calendar. The program is in collaboration with Richardson Adult Literacy Center and volunteer tutors from our parish. Volunteer tutors only need to speak English. Registration and schedule of new classes will be posted in the bulletin and online.
Cheryl Ann Wong —
Legion of Mary
Our objective is to provide medical assistance to parishioners who become ill or injured during the weekend Masses. Parishioners with medical experience, both current and retired, provide skilled emergency care to our church community and assist the Dallas Fire Department, if they are dispatched to the church, with transitioning the patient (parishioner) to EMS care. We encourage any parishioners with EMS/nursing/mid-level or physician experience to join the ministry. The goal is to have coverage of two medical professionals at each Mass to assist the Ushers.
Lucy Morantes —
Ministry for Persons with Disabilities, Special Needs and Caregivers
The group is made up of those with disabilities, caregivers and volunteers. Members work to ensure that parishioners with special needs, disabilities and their caregivers can participate in all aspects of parish life, according to their individual abilities and wishes. Organized by committees that help with accommodations, awareness and support, the ministry also has social activities, participates in service projects such as Fall Festival, and in activities on the diocesan level, such as retreats, special Masses and medical equipment loans. In addition, we hold a mini-retreat at All Saints for those in our parish and surrounding parishes, alternating yearly as a spiritual retreat and as an information retreat on services and benefits for those with disabilities, special needs, and caregivers.
Barbara Anne Rusk —
Our Lady of Schoenstatt
Schoenstatt was founded as a work and instrument of God through Mary. Its spiritual community offers a place and support to any Catholic searching for spiritual growth and apostolic activity. People of all walks and stages of life, ages and cultures are invited to join this Marian devotion.
Sonia Hoskins —
All Saints Community Outreach works with social justice/service agencies beyond the borders of the parish to provide assistance for those in family services centers, homeless shelters, schools, and more. This ministry runs reverse collections, the Back-to-School supplies collection, the “Caring Tree,” and provides and serves dinner at the Austin Street Shelter once a month. Parishioners are invited to share their many gifts to help continue this work.
Ann Murphy —
Respect for Life
This ministry promotes prayer, education, supportive services, action, and public witness for the sacredness of human life, especially for unborn children. Many volunteers are needed for a variety of programs and activities.
Jack Falloure —
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Volunteer members help provide emergency assistance to parishioners and other neighbors in need within the parish boundaries with the love and compassion of Christ. Needs are assessed through confidential home visits done by pairs of volunteers. Funding is provided through generous contributions from All Saints parishioners through the red envelopes in the monthly packets and other special collections. Typically, we meet weekly. Safe Environment-cleared volunteers are welcome and needed.
David Adamson —
Sponsors for Engaged Couples
Sponsor couples assist engaged couples in preparing for their upcoming marriage. Sponsor couples are trained by the Diocese of Dallas to review the FOCCUS survey and follow a designated program. They usually meet four times prior to the marriage date, in the home of the sponsor couple, with sessions lasting about two hours. The sponsor couple must be married five years or more and one sponsor must be a practicing Catholic.
Mike and Kathy Havel —
Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one, Christian caregiving ministry by trained lay persons from our parish. Stephen Ministers are individuals who are carefully selected because of their special gifts for caring ministry and their ability to listen in a non-judgmental way. They are not counselors or spiritual directors, but persons who have a heart for caring and compassion. Stephen Ministers walk alongside persons who are going through a transition or turning point in their lives, and through this caring relationship bring God’s healing love and hope. All Stephen Ministers must complete 50 hours of training in caring skills, and are required to participate in ongoing, bi-monthly, confidential supervision. Stephen Ministers meet with their Care Receivers once a week for about an hour and relationships are matched by gender.
Deacon Michael Bolesta —
The Mary Widows for Christ
Women who have lost their spouses find the support of other widows through this ministry. This group meets monthly after Mass for prayer, breakfast and fellowship.
Mary Marchand — 972-778-0308,
Vision Food Share
This network of churches uses donations of food and funds to provide packages of fresh food to the needy. Volunteers distribute food on the fourth Saturday of each month, 8-10 a.m. in the Kamel Life Center Fellowship Hall.
Marie Abel —