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Outreach and Social Justice Ministries

Holy Family is active in Outreach and Social Justice initiatives not only in our local community, but also the larger community.  

All Weather Shelter: Volunteers staff the Cold Weather Emergency Shelter in Frederick several times during the year.  Training is provided.
Good Samaritans:  This ministry is available to our parishioners who are in need of transportation assistance to healthcare appointments or Mass. Our volunteers are required to submit a Criminal Screen Consent form and Driving Record Check consent form along with a Volunteer application before they can assist.  Once listed as an approved driver, you will be conHoly Family parishioners maintain a small cemetery belonging to a closed African Methodist Episcopal Church in Middletown. Families are encouraged to volunteer for this ministry. Sign-ups occur in the Spring of each year.tacted for rides as needs arise.
A.M.E. Cemetery: 
Holy Family parishioners maintain a small cemetery belonging to a closed African Methodist Episcopal Church in Middletown. Sign-ups occur in the Spring of each year.
Elizabeth MinistryOur parishioners involved in helping with this ministry are here to help those experiencing a difficult pregnancy, infertility, and/or grief from a miscarriage or death of a young child by being by your side offering prayer and resources to help.  Please contact the parish office to be connected to this ministry.
Grief Ministry: Volunteers provide support to parishioners who have lost a loved one in a variety of ways including letter writing, events, and support group facilitation.  
Letter writers are assigned a person who has lost a loved one to send monthly mailings to for six months.  The mailing includes a brief note showing the letter writer's support and prayer for the person and resources to help with the mourning process.  Each time a letter writer is assigned a person, they recieve a packet with all the mailings and a schedule of when to send each resource.  The committee oversees the support of grieving parishioners.  They plan and help with events such as the Courtyard Blessing and days of remembrance.  The committee meets about four times a year. Members of the Grief Ministry assist at wake services and funerals held here at Holy Family. 
Helping Hands: Helping Hands currently is a Christmas Outreach Project to provide gifts for families and individuals in need.  Through the hard work and generosity of our parishioners, families at the Seton Center, Religious Coalition, Cold Weather Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul, and  Middletown Valley People Helping People, are provided with gifts of food, clothing, and  toys as needed.  These efforts require extraordinary amounts of time and labor.  Year round projects will be undertaken as we are able. 
Martha Mary: Members reach out to parish families with food and comfort at times of grief and illness.  Volunteers are called as needed to provide a meal for a family who is facing medical challenges or food or assistance for a funeral reception held here in our facility. 
Parish Nurses:  Volunteers schedule and perform blood pressure screenings and blood drives.
Prayer Line: A prayer chain of parishioners who pray for specific intentions and requests of those in need. Members pray individually in their homes or work places and in their own manner. They are contacted by telephone or email.
Prayer Shawls: Members knit shawls and pray before, during and after they work on the shawl.  The shawls are then blessed and given to those who are in need of spiritual uplifting and comfort.
Prison Ministry: Members work with the Hagerstown Prison Ministry to support the incarcerated.
Respect Life: Project which raises awareness among parishioners and organizes actions in response to proposed legislation relating to issues of capital punishment, assisted suicide and abortion.  Parishioners support the various rallies and events during the 40 Days for Life and March for Life.
Social Justice: Parishioners participate in projects which engage parishioners in actions of charity and justice on behalf of those most in need of God’s love.