The IHM- SJW Military Ministry was established to extend hospitality, assistance, encouragement and recognition to Veterans, survivors of the fallen, Wounded Warriors, their families and those still serving in the Armed Forces. Ours is not an organization of political motivations or advocacy, but is an opportunity to share our faith and serve others in our community. It is a goodwill ministry in celebration of those who have served our country and who continue to serve for the betterment of our communities. Inspired by the generosity of the parish family and the enthusiastic support of Fr. O’Hara, our ministry continues to flourish! The Military Ministry welcomes all parishioners to participate as a Volunteer or guest at any event. All ideas and suggestions are welcome! All events are FREE!
A pot luck dinner celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph is held in March. Donated pantry goods are given to Veterans in need. This annual event is held at St. Joseph the Worker parish hall.
We celebrate Flag Day with our Red, White & Blueberry Shortcake Social! This delicious event has become an annual event.
In a spirit of bereavement support for deceased parish Veterans, condolence cards are sent to family members and Military Ministry Volunteers are available to assist at funeral luncheons. Please let us know if your deceased loved one was a member of the Armed Forces.
Ongoing friendship and encouragement is provided to the resident Veterans of Van Keuren Square, 2223 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, New York, 13210. We have enjoyed getting to know the residents through visiting, preparing and sharing simple meals, gardening and sharing pleasant conversation. We try to meet every other Friday in the community room at Van Keuren Square.
Together in faith, let’s continue our nation’s legacy of patriotism and service.
Thank you to volunteers Ida Leigh Davis, Dale Hughes and Mike Pichura for representing the Military Ministry at the Hospice of CNY Flag Dedication Ceremony! It was a gorgeous day to hoist the flag in tribute to Veterans from the Hospice community. It was an honor to hear taps played by Dale! The Military Ministry team was warmly welcomed by Hospice CEO Cindy Chandler, Volunteer Coordinator Michele Devlin and all the staff.
Mille grazie ! Thank you to all the parishioners who attended Domenica Cena con la Famiglia! Sunday Dinner with the Family was so much fun and it was all because of your presence! Special thanks to all the volunteers including the entertainers, band, hostesses, bakers, cooks and those who donated decorations and memorabilia. To gather with friends and family after mass is what Sundays are all about! Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Military Ministry!
Military Ministry Friday pancakes and Bingo at Van Kueren Square
The IHM/SJW Military Ministry hosted a picnic for local veterans at Willow Bay Park at Onondaga Lake on Friday, June 19, 2015.
Staff, volunteers, veterans and parishioners shared a day of barbecue and bocce. Thank you to all for sharing this day.
If you would like further information about the Military Ministry, please call Anne Marie Lara, 315-263-5853 or firstname.lastname@example.org