Outreach

Outreach Team 

Missions start at home, but it doesn’t end there.

 

Ekklēsía Iwigá is fortunate to be able to support many missionaries both locally and abroad. Please join us in prayer for their work for the Lord.

You may ask, "What is the job of a missionary?"  Christ gave the great commission to the Church in Mark 16:15 was to '"go into all the world and preach the gospel." You may then ask, "What is the Gospel?" Well, the Gospel is; click HERE.

 

Outreach helps the Exarchate understand that everything we are and do is evangelism and outreach. Maintains a system by which those who visit Iwigá's worship receive a timely response to their interest in our ministry, and we express our interest in having them join us. Design thoughtful ways to reach out to the people of our neighborhood and part of the Bay Area with God's love for them in Jesus.

 

Outreach Subcommittees: 

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Homebound

Purpose: To take the Holy Eucharist to members of our community and Parish who cannot come to Mass.  There is a time commitment for participants of this ministry.  Training will be provided at a time to be arranged.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Hospital 

Purpose: To visit patients, offering prayer, comfort, and the gift of the Holy Eucharist. There is a consistent time commitment to this ministry. The Holy Communion Service includes a Penitential Rite, a short Scripture reading, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, Holy Communion, and a conclusion.


St. Francis of Assisi Joy Group

Purpose: To aid and console the grieving during a great time of need for individuals and family members. St. Francis of Assisi Joy Group comprises several components, including the Consolation Listeners, Funeral Reception, Prayer Petitioners, and Sympathy Card Writers.

The Society of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Purpose: To instill greater love, devotion, and reverence of Holy Mother Mary under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, while providing service to our church community.

What We Do:

- Organize the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe held annually on December 12th. The activities commence with Mañanitas with mariachis at 5:00 am, and the principal Holy Mass celebrated in the evening followed by a reception

- Host a parish-wide mini-retreat called a Día de Reflexión (Day of Reflection)

- Pray the Holy Rosary on the 12th of the month as a group or individually

- Participate in Eucharistic Adoration on the 2nd Saturday of the month

- Pray novenas and rosaries for the sick and, on occasion, visit and assist the sick and disadvantaged

- During Holy Week, participate in El Vía Crucis en el Barrio (Way of the Cross in the Neighborhood) and in the Missions in Spanish

- Sponsor fundraising activities for the Building Fund such as a casino trip and breakfast in the Parish Hall

- Support and assist other ministries and groups in their fundraising efforts

México Missions

The Diocese of Mexico (Spanish: Diócesis de México) is a missionary diocese of the Old Catholic Church. Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in four states in Mexico – Sonora, Jalisco, and Quintana Roo, and growing. The diocesan chancery is located in Guadalajara with TThe Very Reverend Archpriest Nikolaos at the helm.

 

Mexico boasts a rich cultural heritage, beautiful beaches, and many popular festivals. Although deeply religious, the country suffers from ongoing gang and drug-related violence.

Mexico is a tourist’s paradise: the ancient civilizations starkly contrast the beautiful beaches in Acapulco and Cancun. Its national identity is reflected by the heritage of its native peoples, their colorful art, languages, and festivals, the most famous Mexican festival being The Day of the Dead.

The country is positioned in North America, and it is bordered by Belize, Guatemala, the United States, and the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. The population of Mexico is over 113 million people. A staggering 94 percent of the population are Christian, where only 8 percent are Protestant, and the biggest denomination is Roman Catholicism, about 80 percent. However, this is significantly different from European Catholicism as it is a hybrid of Roman Catholic traditions and the local religious practices from Native American ancestry.

 

Our missionaries work alongside local churches to train local believers. We prepare them to serve in missions and offer evangelism training to local Orthodox churches.

One of our most effective training is organized at the beginning of each year in an intensive week of mission camp. This includes learning about the basics of missions and evangelism and putting them to practice in the villages around us.

Our focus is social work, short-term mission trips, training, and church mobilizing.

We are involved in several projects, including:

•        Literature distribution

•        Evangelism

•        Outreach to indigenous tribes

•        Children's clubs, focusing on improving self-esteem

•        Relief work