Community Ministries

American Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. 

(Source: American Heritage Girls)

Leadership:

Cathy Beerman
ahgoh1111@gmail.com

Bible Studies

Wisdom of the Word (WOW) is our Bible Study program on Wednesdays offered twice a year, one beginning in the Fall around September and the second one beginning mid-January to early February.

Program topics are chosen from various popular Catholic study programs such as Ascension Press and Formed. For each session of the program, a morning and evening session are offered. (Please note sometimes the two sessions choose different topics to explore)

WOW is an opportunity to go deeper into the exploration of the Word of the Lord and to join others in fellowship, in an environment where you can learn and grow your Catholic faith! Our program is designed for both first-timers as well as veterans of Bible study, all are welcome!

Did we mention we have snacks?

See Current Studies

Contact:
Birgitt Hacker
513.697.3114
bhacker@smoy.org

Boosters / Athletics

Boy Scouts

"Scouting is adventure, family, fun, character, leadership and so much more. Scouting is hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life."

(Source: Boy Scouts of America)

Leadership:
Kami Bachman
513.677.9952

Cana Family Institute

The Cana Family institute helps to strengthen marriages, parenthood, and ourselves as faithful disciples of Christ. These programs are made of small groups that incorporate Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal encyclicals, and other study materials.

Leadership:
April Rongo
513.494.1454

Conquest

Conquest is a National Network of leadership programs, clubs, and camps for boys and young men 5 to 16 years of age. Conquest trains boys to become self-disciplined and confident young men, who become Catholic leaders who possess moral integrity and who are committed to improving the communities in which they live.

Leadership:
Dan DeBrosse
info@smoyconquest.org

Challenge

Challenge is a network of Catholic clubs and camps for girls in the fifth through twelfth grade who want to grow in their Catholic faith, friendship with Christ, and make a difference in the world around them. It is designed to help adolescent girls go out into the world as strong and authentic Catholic role models where they can make a positive impact.

Challenge's "recipe" for success is based on the combination of doing apostolic work and formation. This dual approach helps to unite the girls with Christ in order to live virtue, find happiness and to make a difference.

Leadership:
Lori Konkoly
513.600.1819

Tammy O'Rourke
513.226.1195

Elizabeth Ministry

We are a group of experienced mothers who provide support to the mothers of new babies in our parish. Whether you are a new mom or welcoming your tenth child, we are here to make this blessed time a little easier. 

Leadership:

Staci Henderson

Fathers Team

Fathers Team is a ministry that brings together fathers of all ages to grow their faith through studying Sacred Scripture, prayer, music, and fellowship. The Father's Team meets on Thursday evenings at 7:03pm and on Friday mornings at 6:03am each week. Fathers of all ages and walks of life are invited to attend. You will find this is a warm and welcoming group always excited for new additions! Come have a cup of coffee, sing a song, say a prayer, learn from and share your wisdom with others, and become a better man for your family. No commitment is required.

Come when you can! How about this Thursday or Friday?

Leadership:

Chris Gauche
513.720.1112

Ken Klaber
513.368.5714

Chris Knueven
513.314.0226

Food Pantry Ministry

The Food Pantry Ministry collects non-perishable items and delivers the goods to both the Kings Local and Loveland LIFE Food Pantries.  In collaboration with the pantry staff, we highlight an Item of the Month.  These items are much-needed, rarely donated, and are often not SNAP-eligible and/or are outside pantry budgets.  Volunteers of all ages deliver to the pantries ~2-3 times per month.  Service hour opportunities are available upon request.

To donate goods:  All non-perishable donations can be left on the table opposite the Parish Office.  To donate money:   For every $1 donated, pantries typically purchase $10 worth of food, thanks to partnerships with Shared Harvest (Kings) and Freestore Foodbank (LIFE).  Donate directly through the following links to Kings Local Pantry and/or Loveland LIFE Food Pantry. 

To drive or to be included on our Friends of the Food Pantry communication list Lindsey Galles.  

Leadership:

Lindsey Galles

Girl Scout

Girl Scouts delivers the best leadership experience for girls, setting them up for a lifetime of success. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they:

  • develop a strong sense of self
  • seek challenges and learn from setbacks
  • display positive values
  • form and maintain healthy relationships
  • dentify and solve problems in the community

Girl Scout troops creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves. (Source: Girls Scouts)

Leadership:
Gabrielle Gray
gigidancer72@gmail.com

Giving Tree

The Giving Tree Ministry blesses families in need during the Christmas season. Currently, the ministry supports six organizations, four local and two in Appalachia. Through the generosity of our parishioners, we support our brothers and sisters in need who have fallen on hard times. Some of the people we help are homeless, others are survivors of human trafficking.

Leadership:
Stephanie Kemplin
513.325.8756

Honduras Twinning

We will deepen our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Honduras by the mutual sharing of gifts, traditions, culture, worship, and faith journey. This will help us strengthen our friendship with our neighbors from the South and gain a better understanding of the role we are called to within the global Church. Our group is involved with exchange visits and a student sponsorship program.

Recently, our St. Margaret of York School children raised funds to set up Skype with students at Home of Nazareth School at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Honduras. Meetings are open to all parishioners on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:30pm. St. Margaret of York Honduras Twinning was featured in an article for the Catholic Telegraph in the Fall of 2017. Click here to read it.

Leadership:
Tracy McNulty

Kairos Prison Ministry

"The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities." (Source: Kairos Prison Ministry International)

Leadership:
John Brandenburg

Knights of Columbus

Moms Ministry

The Moms Ministry is a group of moms of all ages from St. Margaret of York Church whose mission is to support each other through faith, fellowship, and service as we seek to raise our kids in the Catholic faith. We do this through informal social gatherings and play dates, regular story times and music classes, "Mom's Night Out" craft nights, and more. We are led by and for moms, and we welcome your creativity and contributions to our group! 

Leadership:
Jennifer Bedel
smoymomsministry@gmail.com

PLUS: Prayerful, Loving, Understanding, Support

The Pregnancy Loss Ministry provides caring support to those who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death or SIDS through information, group support meetings, liturgical activities, and prayer.

Grieving parents find comfort and support among peers -- within a Christ-centered environment. Volunteers have also experienced loss and are able to share a personal experience to the extent that it provides support to others.

Leadership:

Mary Kuenzig
513.300.1537

Prayer Chain

The St. Margaret Prayer Chain Ministry prays for those experiencing a special need or emergency situation.

They are a great comfort to anyone who feels alone when facing a time of crisis. You are welcome to be included in this special ministry, or if you have prayer intentions or requests, our prayers can be offered for you.

Send your prayer requests to our Prayer Chain.

Leadership:

Amy Grogan
smoyprayerchain@gmail.com
513.646.8911

Respect Life

The Respect Life group at St. Margaret of York promotes education and awareness of pro-life issues and the necessity of respect for all life from conception until natural death.

We have partnered with Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center in Over-the-Rhine to provide monetary and material donations through various collections. Additionally, our group sponsors two prayer days at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic during the 40 Days for Life campaign in the Spring and in the Fall. These prayer events are peaceful and prayerful. Respect Life encourages participation in legislative action by petitioning lawmakers on the local, state, and federal level to promote a culture of life. Members also participate in the annual March for Life in Washington DC and Cross the Bridge for Life in Cincinnati. Respect Life also helps connect post-abortive men and women with organizations such as Project Rachel and other appropriate counseling and healing programs in a loving and non-judgemental way.

Want to sign up for the Archdiocese Pro-Life Newsletter? Click here and sign up at the bottom of the page. Additionally, if you'd like to receive updates on what St. Margaret of York's Respect Life ministry is up to you can subscribe to their newsletter by clicking here.

Leadership:

Erin Flege
513.774.7147

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The St. Margaret of York Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) has been in existence since November 2006. Our mission is to offer emotional, spiritual, and financial support to people living in the St. Margaret of York and St. Vincent de Paul boundaries -- parishioners and non-parishioners alike. Volunteers with SVdP share the love, fellowship, and resources of both our God and our St. Margaret of York family during home visits with clients in need.

SVdP is supported by our parishioners through Fifth Sunday Collections occurring four times a year during Mass. The members of the Conference normally meet twice a month to hold spiritual discussions, pray, and discuss the business affairs of the Conference.

Leadership:

David Bedel
630.842.9394

Welcome New Parishioners

The Welcome Ministry informs and encourage new parishioners to take an active role in the church community. The ministry hosts Welcome Gatherings quarterly for new parishioners.

Leadership:
Leanne Matthews
welcome@smoy.org
513.587.9517

Want to get involved but not sure where to start? We'll help you find your place.

Birgitt Hacker
Birgitt Hacker
Pastoral Associate of Adult Faith Formation & Ministries