S.O.S. — Shepherds of Service is our Parish Ministry which brings us together as a faith family to respond to the needs of the homeless, hungry, lonely, elderly, infirm and marginalized in our greater community

One parishioner…One task…One time.


2020 celebrates a milestone for S.O.S. YEAR 10 and offers 91 OPPORTUNITIES for parishioners to help people in need:

* 72 Service Activities for ADULTS to participate in (High School age and above)
* 19 Service Activities for YOUNG FAMILIES to participate in.


Each Activity
* gathers us together to share our time & talent to impact the lives of at-risk, marginalized individuals
* has an SCS parishioner as its identified S.O.S. Activity Leader
* is at no cost to participants (other than our NEW “Assemble & Freeze” Activity for Eva’s)
* is about 2 HOURS
* offers CAR POOL for off-premise Activities that are not nearby (the furthest is 10 miles away).



Our 12-page S.O.S. 2020 Brochure contains

* a PAGE for each of the 5 Organizations we provide services for; each Page offers
~ information on the ORGANIZATION
~ overview of S.O.S. ACTIVITIES for that Organization & standard Activity TIMES, if any
~ the NAME & CONTACT INFO for our S.O.S. COORDINATOR for that Organization
~ whether the Activities are for ADULTS and/or YOUNG FAMILIES
* SIGN-UP FORMS, with specific DATES & Activity FOCUS, to be completed & submitted (submit to SOS Box in Church or to the Rectory)






The Sign-Up Form for Young Family Activities is Page 11 of the Brochure. The Sign-Up Form for Adult Activities is Page 12 of the Brochure.


In 2020, we are proud to continue our long-standing ministry with these 5 NJ Organizations
* Bridges, Summit & Newark
* Community Food Bank of NJ, Hillside
* Covenant House, Newark & their local outreach Program Nancy’s Place, Montclair
* Eva’s Village — Community Kitchen & Hope Residence, Paterson
* St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove




To date, HUNDREDS of SCS men, women and children have performed Services that impacted the lives of  tens of thousands of our neighbors in need.
Some Parishioners participated once, some dozens of times. ALL impacted a life.
How much you get involved is up to YOU.


Some S.O.S. Activities have limitations on the number of participants. This reflects organization needs/ directives as well as our ministry goal to ensure that there is sufficient activity for S.O.S. participants to be effectively and meaningfully engaged.


To access the List of Activities which are still open for Volunteer participation, please go to


HELP NEEDED, Adult Activities
HELP NEEDED, Family Activities





General Question? Contact S.O.S. Ministry Leader

Pat Braun


Question about a Specific Organization or Activity?
Contact the Organization Coordinator listed with the organization’s information


To sign up for an Activity, contact:


For ADULT Activities
Sal Paonessa



For FAMILY Activities
Stephanie Balido