Social/Community Ministries


Holy Rosary Feed the Need stands ready to make an immediate response to catastrophic urgent need. When natural disasters or other significant events occur, Feed the Need stands ready to provide tens of thousands of nutritionally balanced meals for the victims. Working in conjunction with Catholic Charities & Outreach Inc., meal packaging days will be scheduled as needed. The food packages that we prepare are delivered directly to the area in need as soon as the meals are ready. The process is an assembly line type preparation and is fast and easy. This is an event where your whole family can participate. You can work a one hour shift and make a significant impact on our ministry of making thousands of meals for this URGENT need. All ages are invited to participate in the packaging of the food (students who volunteer can earn service hours).

Contacts: Mr. David Stolzle & Mrs. Mary Stolzle, 496-3069   


Assist with stocking and maintaining inventory in the Parish food pantry.

Contact: Mr. Jim McBride, 767-6949 or Mr. Mike Fogerty, 682-0574


The Good Samaritan League seeks to bring the corporal works of mercy to life with the parish. It serves as an umbrella organization for the charitable outreach of Holy Rosary. One of its primary functions is to help coordinate the collection and distribution of food to needy members of the parish as well as families that live within the parish boundaries.

Contact: Mr. Jim McBride, 767-6949.


The Grief Ministry provides assistance to the families of deceased parishioners including hospitality arrangements. Receptions are provided by volunteers for families and friends following a funeral. The volunteers provide a dish for the reception and/or volunteer to set up, serve, and/or clean up after. Many hands make light the load!  We welcome all parishioners to sign up to assist the Grief Ministry by calling the Parish Office.

When planning a funeral, let the parish staff know whether you would like a reception at the Church following the funeral. You will receive a call from one of the coordinators to assess your particular needs, explain how evreything is handled and answer any questions you may have.

Contact:  Fr. Jim Martell, 767-6949


Holy Rosary parishioners volunteer to work to help build affordable housing for those in need through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the city of Memphis and surrounding areas, and to make decent housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat works in partnership with families in need of adequate shelter to build simple, decent homes.

Contact: Mr. Bill Bates, 461-6677; Mrs. Pat Bates 568-1029


The Parish Health Ministry promotes health awareness for parishioners of all ages through the sponsorship of seminars, the distribution of information, monthly blood pressure screening and workshops on a variety of topics. Doctors, nurses, and dentists are needed to volunteer their services to promote good health in the Parish Family. Special attention is given to those parishioners who are homebound.

Contact: Mrs. Susan Turner, 753-4130


Lawyers of the parish extend their services to the poor by offering pro-bono legal assistance. The kind of assistance that is offered includes counseling, resolution, and intervention work.

 Contact: Mr. Jim McBride, 767-6949.


Making a stand for life through prayer and education, the Holy Rosary Respect Life Committee works year round to promote respect for life from conception to natural death. The committee sponsors many events such as the annual Respect Life Breakfast, the Baby Shower for Birthright each Mother’s Day; a pro-life essay contest for junior high school students; information booths at the Memphis Italian Festival and at the parish on Respect Life Sunday each October, and pro-life rosaries throughout the year. In addition, several members of the committee and people from other parishes make a visible, prayerful statement for life each Saturday morning by praying a rosary at each of the three abortion facilities in Memphis. Monthly meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.; all are welcome.

 Contacts: Mr. Peter McCann, 761-5128, ; Mrs. Jan Courtney, 381-9104, .


Holy Rosary St. Vincent De Paul Society responds to the needs of those in the community, particularly within conference boundaries, without regard to race, color or creed. It endeavors to meet whatever short term needs exist, such as food, utilities, rent, and medicines.

The Society sponsors a Thanksgiving and a Christmas Food Drive along with an Angel Tree which provides gifts for children of each family being given a Christmas Food Basket. The Angel Tree also provides gifts for persons living at St. Peter Villa. St. Vincent De Paul of Holy Rosary has an ongoing collection of non-perishable foods which is distributed to needy families seeking our assistance.

Contact: Mr. Jim McBride, 767-6949; Mr. Steve Peay, 848-9598


Holy Rosary Parish has a passenger bus that picks up parishioners who are able to assist at Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Mass, but have no means of transportation. The service is provided by Parish Volunteers rotated on a monthly schedule whereby each driver is responsible for driving the bus one Sunday each month.

Contact: Mr. Steve Camp, 487-2367



The VIRTUS program identifies best practices designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “right-doing” within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. In compliance with the U.S. Bishops’ Charter and Norms for the Protection of Children, everyone in the diocese who interacts with children, i.e. teachers, coaches, office staff and others, on a regular basis must attend a VIRTUS training session. VIRTUS training sessions are offered periodically at Holy Rosary and other locations throughout the Diocese, and announced in the Sunday bulletin. VIRTUS Facilitator volunteers are needed.

Contact: Jim McBride, 767-6949, ; Ms. Linda-Marie Goetze, 754-5005