Springfield Catholic Social Action Committee

This group is formed by representatives from the four Springfield parishes - St. Joseph, St Raphael, St. Bernard, and St. Teresa - along with Catholic Central, St Vincent de Paul, and Catholic Charities - to discuss issues and develop programs to foster social action in and by our local Catholic community. For instance, one of the Salt and Light programs inspired the former Justice, Action, and Mercy coalition of local churches. The committee has taken over as the lead sponsor for its Hot Spot Card campaign.
This committee usually meets on the Third Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Rectory at St. Teresa Parish. For more information contact Phil Kenzora at 323-2180 or E-mail at .

Hispanic Ministry

We provide a Liturgy in Spanish for area residents every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Father Ariel Pico Rincon and Father David Vincent preside at the Sunday Mass and also hear confessions. The Parish also prepares candidates, parents, and sponsors for the reception of sacraments. Baptism and Holy Communion preparation is by appointment.and as scheduled for the group.

Annual special celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Las Posadas are held in December. Las Mananitas, the morning prayer for December 12th, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass is celebrated on December 12th. Las Posadas, preparation for Christmas, is scheduled on the closest Sunday. Quincaneras are celebrated for those young ladies turning 15. 

Spanish/English Missalettes and Bibles are available for participants. Roberto Alcantar and Orlando Martinez lead the Mass Choir. 

All are welcome!

It is our mission to offer the opportunity for our local Catholic Hispanics to practice their faith, to be integrated into the larger Catholic community, and to help them become participants in the larger community. We also offer assistance to local residents with translations, as needed, and assistance in negotiating necessary paperwork and with other difficult situations.

For more information contact Sivil Morales at 342-8861 Ext. 514 or E-mail at    

Jail Ministry

The detention minister reaches out to incarcerated persons in the Clark County Jail. This is an ecumenical effort of the local churches. Four times each year individuals from local churches reach out to the incarcerated by providing a Bible, cookies, underwear and fellowship to the guests in our local jail. As Catholics, the Corporal Works of Mercy call us to visit the imprisoned. The Parish collects donations of cookies and underwear prior to each scheduled visit date. Volunteers meet at the jail to distribute the donations to those incarcerated at that time. For more information call the Parish Office at 342-8861.

The First Friday Society for Catholic Professionals

The First Friday Society for Catholic Professionals helps Catholic businessmen and women around the country attend First Friday Masses and observe Holy Days of Obligation, even when work requirements make attendance in their home parishes a challenge. Joining is simple: Register an e-mail address at the Society's website: . The site will take care of the rest, sending you electronic reminders in the five days prior to each month's First Friday Mass and Holy Days, and helping you find a Mass location wherever your travels take you.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.6 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families, and young people. The Knights of Columbus membership is open to all Catholic men age 18 and older. They are involved in a number of programs and projects that benefit the community.

The Knights of Columbus #624 is located at 2055 South Bird Road. For more information contact Jim Horn at 399-1017 or E-mail at .

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts develop character and leadership in young men by preparing them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime. The organization's activities help the young people become responsible, participating citizens and leaders. The mission of the Boy Scouts is to do my best for God, country and others. The Scouts prepare their annual program and activities. The organization facilitates the execution of these programs and oversees the Scouts, verifying that the activities are executed within the values spelled out in the Scout Law. Meetings are held on Wednesday from 6:45 to 8:00 pm at Northridge United Methodist Church. For more information visit

Girl Scouts

We develop girls of courage, confidence and character who will make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is opn to girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. Girl Scouts is all about experiential learning. They meet regularly with their troop and share amazing experiences and make a difference in the community and the world. From Ocean Kayaking to space camp to experiencing Europe with her closest friends, girl scouts turn boring days into days she'll remember all her life. These experiences are designed to create a new generation of leaders who lead by principle rather than pride, who care what leadership is for more than who its for, confront barriers of class and race everyday, who seek out the work that needs doing in the world and bring boundless energy to every challenge.

Meetings are 1-2 hours per month on Thursday. For more information call Tiffany Burba at 789-5936 or E-mail at . You can check out the Girl Scout website at  

Catholic Ladies of Columbia

This group performs charitable work through a variety of means. It makes donations of time and money to charities as well as promoting annuities and financial products, and bringing members together in fellowship and service to others. This is done to fulfill the the organizations motto of "faith, hope, charity and friendship". There are regular monthly meetings from February through December. For more information contact Marilyn Ryan at 390-6751 or E-mail at . 

Catholic Women's College Club

The organization's purpose is to promote a feeling of friendship and good will among Catholic women, to advance the educational interests and opportunities of its members, and to encourage Catholic education through the awarding of scholarships to local Catholic students for use at accredited Catholic colleges and universities. The group's mission is to make Catholic education more of a reality. This mission is accomplished by collecting dues from active and contributing members, conducting and annual auction and dinner, and a flower sale. The club also plans social gatherings during the year. These include bowling, movies,and ladies night out. Meeting are normally once per month except during the summer.

For more information contact Martha Szczesny at 342-5247 or Jan O'Neill at 390-3588 or E-mail at

The Little Flower's Big Harvest

Modeled on the "Little Way" of St. Teresa of Lisieux, the Little Flower's Big Harvest is a collection of individuals and families from throughout greater Springfield who are planting vegetable gardens-however small or large-and pooling a portion or all of their harvests to feed the needy in our community.

Rainbow Table II

The mission of Rainbow Table II is one of community service, faith, love, education, prayer and fellowship. We attempt to heed Christ's admonition to feed His lambs by caring for our neighbors. Meals are served to those in need every Tuesday. Saint Teresa is responsible to provide cooks, servers, clean-up and financial support for April and November. We partner with other churches in the mission located at Fifth United Methodist Church at 102 West High Street. Each participating church assumes the responsibility of setting up, preparing, serving and cleaning up for a wholesome meal every Tuesday evening.

Rainbow Table II is funded through donations and is a completely volunteer organization. A major source of food is a monthly allotment from the Federal Government funneled through Second Harvest Food Bank at Catholic Social Services.

In addition to providing meals, St. Teresa has assumed the responsibility of collecting and sorting warm clothing donated by member churches. These are distributed at the Thanksgiving meal.

New volunteers are always needed. We particularly would love to have more cooks. For more information please contact Sydney Axtell at: 937-325-3896 or E-mail at if you would be interested in volunteering or if you have any questions.

Springfield Soup Kitchen

Springfield Soup Kitchen mission is to serve all who are hungry and in need. They serve more 'Hot Meals' to the homeless and those in need than any other organization in Clark and Champaign Counties.

Springfield Soup Kitchen is located at 830 West Main St. Springfield, Ohio. 

Hours of operation are every Monday and Wednesday 5 - 6pm. 

New Volunteers are needed.

For more information click or contact Fred Stegners at 925-2900 x11 or E-mail at

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society's mission is to provide spiritual and material assistance to those in need. This mission is fulfilled by providing direct aid to those who suffer, and by helping individuals reduce and even eliminate the causes of their suffering. Society members use their own resources, sharing not only possessions, but the valuable gift of their presence.

Volunteers accomplish the SVDP mission by:

  • Visiting the needy in their homes in groups of two
  • Visiting shut-ins to bring the Daily Word to them
  • Filling and providing Christmas boxes with food and supplies for those in need
  • Supporting the St. Vincent House and Manor to help house the poor
  • Operating a thrift store 
  •   The St. Vincent DePaul Society Thrift Center is located at 2425 E. High Street.

Hours of Operation Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information click or contact Jeanne Simonton at 390-2322 or E-mail at .

Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order (formerly known as Third Order) was founded over 800 years ago by St.Francis of Assisi and is canonically established by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

Franciscans believe that all have a special, noble calling, but cannot achieve it alone... we need other people to help us seek God and to serve others.

To be a member, one must be well-grounded in Catholic-Christian doctrine and have a true concern to do something with your knowledge and concern for our fellow human beings and for themselves. St.Francis said, "I have done what is mine to do, now you do what is yours to do."

The Our Lady of Mercy Fraternity of the Secular Franciscans gathers monthly, at St. Joseph Church and Parish Center. For local information, contact 324-4072 or . For information located on the web, click on this link: .