Service Committees

Advent Angel Tree Project

Volunteers publicize, coordinate, collect and deliver donated Christmas gifts for families and individuals served by a number of area organizations. Email Donna MacDonald at for more information.

Bread Ministry

Volunteers pick up bakery donations from Heinen’s every Tuesday and deliver them to the Fatima Family Center in Hough. Email Deb Straniero at for more information.

Catholic Worker Storefront

On the first Saturday of the month, volunteers cook and serve a hot breakfast at the Catholic Worker Storefront on Lorain Avenue. Email Kevin Brodar at for more information.

Gesu Hunger Project

Volunteers pick up bakery donations from several Heinen’s locations every week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays), and deliver donations to the Thea Bowman Center in Mount Pleasant. New volunteers are always welcomed and needed. Schedules rotate and volunteers commit to the day(s) that work best for them. Email Ashley Markiewicz at for more information.

OLP Food Pantry Collection

Volunteers sort and deliver the food that is donated by parishioners for those served by Our Lady of Peace food pantry. Email Mary Beth Soeder at for more information.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Gesu Red Cross Team invites parishioners to share in corporal works of mercy by donating blood through the American Red Cross. Gesu has established a schedule of six Red Cross blood drives a year, so that parishioners may donate blood here at Gesu every time they are eligible to do so – every 56 days. Other Gesu ministries are invited to “sponsor” individual drives by volunteering to make telephone calls, bake cookies, and recruit their members, supporters, parents and friends to give blood. Email Sue Norcia at for more information.

Ronald McDonald House

Quarterly, volunteers cook and serve breakfast or dinner to those staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Email Matt McGinty at for more information.

Sagrada Familia Friendship Meals

Meals are held three times a year on the second Saturday of the month at La Sagrada Familia Parish on the West Side of Cleveland. During these meals we prepare and serve food to 150-200 individuals from the surrounding community who are in a variety of situations of need. We also strive to provide a sense of friendship and community. Additionally, we host monthly meals with the Latina Project, which provides meals and fellowship for women and their children in situations of need. Email Cathy Markiewicz at for more information.

Service Day

Service Day, typically held on the first Saturday in December provides an opportunity for parishioners to volunteer at 50+ northeast Ohio organizations, followed by an evening Mass and parish dinner. Email Ashley Markiewicz at for more information.

St. Patrick’s Hunger Center

One Tuesday evening every four to six weeks, volunteers cook and serve dinner at St. Pat’s Hunger Center. Email Marty Kilfoyle at for more information.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul Society serves as a temporary bridge for people in many situations of need, such as a loss of income, job, family member, etc. Volunteers also help organize and pass out food and clothing at the Ozanam Center at St. Philomena Church. If in need of assistance, please call the Parish Office at (216) 932-0617. If interested in volunteering, email Pat Hawkins at

Budget & Project Oversight Committee

A committee of five volunteers oversees the Outreach Commission’s budget, ensuring that allocated funds are spent responsibly and that these expenditures and projects are in line with the mission of the Commission. Email Ashley Markiewicz at for more information