Each winter (typically in early January) a collection of baby needs are donated by our parishioners, including clothes, blankets, quilts and non-perishables, just to name a few. Some blankets and quilts are handmade by the Piecemakers, the parish sewing group that meets weekly from September until May.
This long standing committee was established in the mid 1990’s to serve as the centerpiece for several outreach ministries. These include, but are not limited to the following:
Women's Choice Center
Each spring a Sunday Pancake Breakfast is organized and held in the parish hall as a fundraiser with the proceeds going to the Women’s Choice Center in the Quad-Cities.The Women’s Choice Center of the Quad-Cities specializes in providing women with free, confidential information to assist those in need to make an informed decision with confidence. This event is open to the entire community.
During October until Thanksgiving, donations are dropped off at church for Quad-Cities Homeless Shelters. This includes coats, blankets, shoes, clothing, and hygiene products. There is no better time to clean your closets and gather up those items that can help those in need in our community.
St. Joseph Meal Site
The parish Faith Formation and Youth Group are active volunteers to the needs of St. Joseph. Their participation is scheduled in advance in conjunction with other area volunteers. Many parishioners have taken part in this outreach ministry. All members are welcome to participate.
On the first weekend of the month baskets are set up at the entrances of our church. Donations of food and money are collected for the Orion Food Pantry. The parish has a team of volunteers working with the other area churches in this need.
This group meets weekly (Monday) from September through May. They make beautiful rosaries that are for sale in the gathering area for parishioners to purchase for many occasions. They donate a large number of their homemade rosaries to Fr. Nimo and the African missionaries that have long served the parish as visiting priests and educators to our parish community. They also donate the rosaries for other needs such as prisons, nursing homes, whomever may be in need.
MOPS is an acronym for Mothers of Preschoolers. This group is lead by Emily Dochterman & Sarah Nedved. These ladies, young mothers themselves, provide time for mothers and children to meet, assist one another, create opportunities and share ideas for parish families. New members are always welcome.
IN NEED OF A HOT MEAL? Are you or someone you know from our parish family in need of a hot meal or meals while you are unavailable to prepare them due to hospitalization, new baby, illness, etc.?
The Meals Ministry of Mary Our Lady of Peace is willing to prepare and deliver meals to you and your family until you are back on your feet. Please contact Kathy Ruge (309) 720-0113.
The Piecemakers is a parish sewing group that meets weekly (Tuesday at 9:00 A.M.) from September until May. They make numerous items for a variety of needs in the area. This includes baby quilts and blankets, which the group makes between September and January that are then delivered in February to the Pregnancy Resource Center. They make lap robes for surrounding area nursing homes from February until they break for the summer at the end of May. Throughout the year, they work to complete a beautiful quilt for the auction at the annual October gala.
This event is held every Tuesday at Orion Methodist Church. Lunch is served at 12:00 noon. The six area churches take turns on working to serve our seniors citizens. The food is delivery prepared, and the volunteers serve the seniors and take care of the cleanup and any leftovers.
This is an informal great group of guys who like to cook, grill, or roast food for social events. Augie DeMay serves as the group chairperson. An annual event that they do for the parishioners is the beer, burgers & brats, held in late summer in conjunction with the second of three early bird draws for the October gala.
The parish library is located in the southeast corner of the gathering area. It is a beautiful room with stained glass windows. You may sit and read or checkout a book. There are also up to date DVDs. Betty Epplin has long served as the Parish Librarian.