Social Concern and Outreach

Bethlehem House Support

Bethlehem House is a 12 bedroom home in Omaha that was founded to support life.  It provides a home and support during and after pregnancy for women who are pregnant and in crisis. Women applying to live at the home come looking for help and loving support.  They are alone, usually without family help or support. At Bethlehem house, the staff works to empower the residents with good parenting skills and help them to become self-sufficient and to overcome hardships.

CONTACT: Mary Leighton, 402.689.0067, leightonmaryt@gmail.com

Craft Ministry

The Craft Ministry meets the first Tuesday of the month.  We welcome anyone who is interested in crocheting and knitting afghans, scarves or hats for the less fortunate and homeless in our community.  We also use the donated fleece material for mittens.  When our group runs out of donated yarn we do purchase what we need and not all members attend the monthly meetings.  We offer to pick up handy work if the Angel cannot come to the meetings.  Our members are called Angels because they use the donated yarn to create beautiful, warm items all year long and never take credit for their generosity.  Early in the fall we load up a couple of cars and donate many handmade items and other items/ such as sheets, bedspreads, blankets and other items that can be used when apartments are opened to people starting over in life.  Our ministry is such a heartwarming experience we hope you will join us. 

CONTACT: Joan Brejnik, 402.894.1396, Jo Ringle, 402.333.4103

Dorothy Day Ministry

“The mystery of the poor is this:  that they are Jesus, and what you do for them, you do for Him.” Dorothy Day Ministry has partnered with the downtown parish of Holy Family Catholic Church.  Once a month, we deliver food and clothing to assist their pantry and clothing center.  We deliver to Holy Family the last Wednesday of each month.  Drop off site is located at Villotas — 3414 S. 114th Ave.  Items can be dropped off during the day from Sunday-Tuesday before delivery.  Please consider adding a few items to your monthly grocery list!

CONTACT: Patrick Hoarty, 402.502.0606, pjhoarty@gmail.com   Gail Villota, 402.334.1547, jaolwiha@yahoo.com

Habitat for Humanity

Members of Mary Our Queen Parish work with a coalition of other church communities under the guidance of Omaha Habitat for Humanity, the Carpenters Crew Coalition, and Habitat International to annually build a single family home in the Omaha area.  Use your building skills, provide food for the workers or join the clean-up crew.  Commitment is between August and December of each year.

CONTACT: Al and Chris Peters, 402.593.0056

The Human Needs Group provides financial assistance to the less fortunate in our parish and community.  This assistance is aimed at meeting their material needs (rent, utilities, food, clothing etc.). Our focus is to provide assistance to the less fortunate through referrals, shelters and parish ministry groups.  All assistance is confidential to insure that no one’s pride is endangered.  “The poor will always be with us”…..  we just need to continue to reach out and lessen their burden.

CONTACT: Mary Parizek, 402.496.4778, 402.689.8759

Ministry of the Heart

The mission of the Ministry of the Heart is to provide compassion and love to the homeless of our community through the donation of new clothing items during the Advent season.  A Giving Tree is set up in the Narthex the first week of Advent. Paper angels with needed items for the poor and homeless are placed on the tree. Parishioners take the angels and bring back the items in a paper sack and place it under the tree. A time is set up between Christmas and New Years to distribute the items. 

CONTACT: Jim and Donna Murphy, 402.894.2281

Prolife Committee

Our committee serves to inform parishioners about all issues related to the sanctity of LIFE from CONCEPTION TO DEATH. This would include topics such as contraception, abortion, the death penalty, euthanasia and ‘end of life issues’.  Members attend such events as the Living Rosary, Life Chain, Prolife Conference, March for Life and peaceful witness and prayer outside Planned Parenthood and Bellevue Abortion Clinic. We also distribute materials and periodicals related to these topics from a Catholic perspective.

CONTACT: Lois Coyne, 402.697.0533, lxjcoyne@cox.net

Siena/Francis Homeless Shelter

Mary Our Queen Volunteers help out the Siena Francis House on the fifth Thursday of any month that has five Thursdays.  This may happen 4-5 times a year.  The volunteers provide a cooked dish and bring it to one of three people who deliver the food for a meal that is served by MOQ volunteers that evening at the Siena Francis House. Eight people are needed to serve.  There are over 100 wonderful volunteers making meatloaf, green bean casserole, or scalloped potatoes. Delivery is taken either the Wednesday evening before (5-8:00 p.m.) or Thursday morning (until 11:45 a.m.).

We are always looking for new people to join our group, either to cook or to serve. We know that not all can participate some months, so we count on our large group to provide enough food to feed the homeless of our city.

CONTACT: Sue Kwiatek, 402.334.8941, sfcontactmoq@gmail.com Kathy Burnside, 402.334.2551, burnsidefam@cox.net Mary Leighton, 402.330.7636, leightonmaryt@gmail.com