Outreach and Service
Outreach and Service to the faith community and beyond has been a hallmark of the Christian Church since its earliest days.
To take advantage of any of these ministries--or the volunteer for one yourself--contact the appropriate person listed under the ministries below or the Parish Office at 603-352-3525.
Catholic Community Outreach
One aspect of this united effort across the parishes is assisting those who are sick or homebound through visitations and communion calls. This ministry trains parishioners as Eucharistic Ministers to bring the Body of Christ in communion to the elderly, the sick, those involved in short-term rehabilitation, and those who are homebound for any reason. This involves serving Catholics in their private homes, hospital, nursing homes, and assisted living centers.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
The motto for all St. Vincent DePaul Societies is “Service in Hope!” The society members provide direct service to persons in need through our food pantries in Keene and Winchester:
Keene (St. Bernard Church)--The food pantry is open three evenings a week to clients through the generosity of the parish community – their donated, non-perishable food items or monetary donations. Clients may come for food assistance on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00—8:00pm in the basement of St. Bernard Church.
Winchester (St. Stanislaus Church)--The St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Winchester at St. Stanislaus Church Hall is open on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm for clients.
Bereavement Meal Ministry
Oftentimes in the fluster of activity surrounding a funeral, food for the grieving is forgotten or financially difficult for the family of the deceased. We are honored to provide Bereavement Meals after funerals in the parish.
For more information on how to take advantage of this compassionate ministry, or to become a member of the Bereavement Meal Team, contact Sister Kathleen Haight via email or at 603-357-3093
DISMAS Prison Ministry
Visiting the imprisoned has been a Christian ministry since the Church's earliest days. The DISMAS Ministry is named after the repentant thief at Jesus’ crucifixion. It’s letters also are an acronym for what the ministry hopes to do for inmates at the Cheshire House of Corrections – Discover Inner Strength, Maturity And Support.
We offer a program of spiritual assistance and guidance that enables inmates to find and build a personal relationship with God; encourage a sense of self-worth grounded in right moral conduct and human dignity; and assist the discharged inmate in reintegration into the community via networking information for housing, employment, transportation and support services.
The Parish of the Holy Spirit and Mary, Queen of Peace Parish are pleased to share our office spaces with New Hampshire Catholic Charities. Located on the 3rd floor of the Clairvaux Center, NHCC provides help to the needy in the form of:
heating expense assistance
gift cards for gas to attend medical appointments
...and more. To find out more, including if you are eligible for assistance from NH Catholic Charities, contact the Catholic Charities office