Right to Life Society of Clark County, Inc.
This affiliate of Ohio Right to Life is based in Springfield and has had a community presence for over 40 years. Its pro-life mission is to respect the sanctity of all human life from conception to its natural end.
Dr. John Willke (deceased) of Cincinnati, Ohio was its legendary founder and leader. The focus areas of the organization are: support services, education, and legislation.
Some of our noteworthy activities are: full page January educational ad in the Springfield News Sun during Pro-Life week; Youth Champion Life Speech Contest; Spring Educational Fair; Memorial Day Parade; September Day of Remembrance Service for the Unborn; local Life Chain Witness event; and Life Lines newsletter published twice a year.
Board meetings are held on the third Saturday at 10 a.m. at the 815 West Main Street office. Email contact: [email protected] or call: (937) 521-2401.
Springfield Catholic Social Action Committee
This group is formed from the representatives of the four Springfield Catholic parishes: St. Joseph and St. Raphael Parish, St. Bernard parish, and St. Teresa parish- along with Catholic Central, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Catholic Charities.
The committee meets quarterly on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the annex room of Fr. Collins Hall. Currently the group comes together to co-ordinate the social action programs of the archdiocese with the representative from the Dayton office. For information contact: Ed Meier: (937) 399-2217.
We provide a Liturgy in Spanish for area residents every Sunday at 2:00 pm. Father Clement Uchendu 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.
During the year we have several special Latin American celebrations and traditions, such as the Holy Cross at Easter, Our Lady of Guadalupe with the traditional Mañanitas as well as Mass in her honor, followed by the Posadas, preparation for Christmas, Three Kings Day among other celebrations. The dates are scheduled according to the calendar that is shared during the Masses, newsletters and website.
Quinceañeras are celebrated for those young ladies turning 15. (previous preparation).
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, we receive the support of organizations to carry out health fairs, legal advice, courses, and assistance with other difficult situations.
For more information contact Sivil Morales at 342-8861 Ext. 514 or E-mail at [email protected]
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 by E-mail at [email protected] .
Catholic Ladies of Columbia
Members build life long friendships, enjoy social activities, enrich their spiritual life, and serve their parishes and communities through CLC's system of councils. 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 390-6791 or email at [email protected] .
Catholic Women's College Club
The Catholic Women’s College Club (CWCC) awards scholarships to college students at Catholic Universities. Funds are raised through a holiday auction and bizarre and a spring flower sale. New members are always welcome.
For more information contact Martha Szczesny at E-mail at [email protected] .
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 Faith 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: 937-360-1315 or email at [email protected] 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 http://www.springfieldsoupkitchen.org/ or contact Fred Stegner at email at [email protected]
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.
- 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 (located at 2425 E. High Street.)
Hours of Operation Mon, Tues, Thurs. and Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays
- Operating the Food Pantry.
Food dispensed Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. by appointment only.
For more information click www.svdpspfld.org/ or contact Jeanne Simonton at 390-2322 or email at [email protected] .
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 email [email protected] . For information located on the web, click on this link: http://www.nafra-sfo.org .