Saint Cecilia Parish

Returning Citizens Ministry

​Previously known as our Prison and After Ministry, this group of parishioners gathers every Monday and welcomes anywhere from fifteen to thirty men, many of whom reside in local halfway houses. These Monday nights are designed to provide a safe space where men reentering the community from prison or jail feel welcomed and loved. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. there are two or three support groups that allow the men a chance to share with others what is going on in their lives. Parishioners facilitate these groups and participate in them. At 7:00 p.m. everyone shares a meal together. Our guests depart at 8:00 p.m. and the volunteer parishioners stay to clean up and have a brief meeting. This is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of men who often need to hear about their inherent goodness and dignity.