POP Parish Outreach Program


Bereavement Hospitality: Helps members of our parish community as they prepare for the funeral service of a loved one by offering reception hospitality. For more information on this ministry, please call Valerie Doran at (951) 689-1131, ext. 224 or [email protected]

Healing After Loss/Grief Support: Is a 5-week group workshop that allows the participants a positive, sensitive approach for successful recovery from a painful loss. A major loss makes a dramatic impact on your life and the primary goal of HAL is to aid you in dealing with your personal loss. The workshop will provide you with the necessary tools in dealing with your grief.  Healing After Loss is offered twice a year (spring and fall) and led by our dear parishioner, Sue Holscher. There is a $35 fee to cover the costs of handouts and materials. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Valerie Doran at (951) 689-1131, ext. 224 or [email protected]

Clases de Inglés en su parroquia Nuestro programa de ESL está dirigido a personas que saben poquito o casi nada de inglés. Nuestro objetivo es que los estudiantes adquieran confianza para comunicarse en inglés y logren integrarse mejor a la comunidad de los Estados Unidos. El programa está dividido en 3 cursos básicos y cada uno de ellos es cubierto en un módulo de 10 semanas. Ofrecemos clases los martes por las mañanas y los viernes por la tarde de octubre a mayo. No deje pasar más tiempo y regístrese ya! Para mayor información comuníquese con Marisol Aceves o Bertha Muñoz al: (951) 689-1131, X227 or [email protected]

Homeless Support Ministry:  Our parish has several ministry opportunities to help the homeless in our area. We are united in service with several local civic groups. CAYA (Come As You Are) is a Homeless Aid Ministry our parish supplies weekly sack lunches, clothing drives and so much more. TURN (Total Urban Renewal Network) is an ecumenical organization that organizes aid efforts in our local community. St. Thomas also works closely with Riverside Meals on Wheels, Inc, Hulen Homeless Shelter, Family Shelter and Emergency Homeless Shelter (3) within Riverside. Learn more about the many and wonderful ways to help out Call the office at (951)-689-1131 for more information.

Lunch Brigade: Our Saint Thomas the Apostle Lunch Brigade program is committed to deliver 30 lunches all Tuesdays of the year. Lunches are distributed at our Lady of Perpetual Help Food Center.  Every lunch bag contains: 1 sandwich, 1 granola bar or snack, and 1 drink. Several groups and ministries are involved in the preparation of the lunches all year around:

  • Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Thomas School
  • Spanish Ministry
  • Family Ministry
  • Catholic Home School Families
  • Girl Scouts


Sanctity of Life Ministry: This ministry (also known as Right to Life) focuses on the human dignity bestowed to each of us from 'womb to tomb'. This organization is managed by the Knights of Columbus.

Riverside Meals on Wheels (Feeding Home-bound): This Community organization organizes and distributes healthy meals to the home-bound, usually elderly, in Riverside. Volunteers are needed to deliver fresh meals to recipients weekly; Monday through Friday. For more information on this ministry please call: (951) 683-7151.

Parish Food Drive (2x's per year):  St. Thomas organizes parish wide food drives, these donated food items are distributed to the three local Catholic food pantries located in Riverside: St. Vincent de Paul at St. Catherines, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and St. Thomas. For more information on this ministry please contact the parish office at: (951) 689-1131 and leave a message for Bob Davis.

Peace of Mind Seminar (Pre-planning and Education re: the natural passages of life)  This is an annual seminar where guest speakers, resources and presentations illuminate the varied areas of pre-planning and preparations needed for Funerals and Estate Planning. For more information on this seminar, please call Valerie Doran at (951) 689-1131, ext. 224 or [email protected]

Power House of Prayer:  PowerHouse of Prayer’s mission is to actively encourage and promote prayer within the life of the church and its community. By being open and responsive to the working of the Holy Spirit, we pray that God's love, guidance and healing power would be released for the benefit of His people and to His glory.  PowerHouse of Prayer offers everyone a chance to seek prayer no matter the need. Prayers for yourself, family, friends, and acquaintances - PowerHouse is ready to lift up anyone’s needs in prayer. Prayers of joy and praise for upcoming events, birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations, prayers of help for personal sufferings, sorrows, or other difficulties in life. Whatever the need, PowerHouse is here! Send your request for prayer to Patricia Cruz at p[email protected]

For more information on this ministry you can also contact the parish office at: (951) 689-1131

St. Vincent de Paul Society: We work collaboratively with St. Vincent, hosted at St. Catherine's parish in Riverside. This global service group provides food, clothing and other personal items, as well as helping local families of need with medical, rent and utility payments. For more information leave a message for Jack Malkowski at the parish office.

Stephen Ministry: Brings God's love and caring to individuals that are suffering, hurting and lonely. Listens and prays with them, guides them to a solution that will be life giving. Volunteers complete a 50 hour certification course. For more information on this ministry please leave a message for Carlos Avila with the Parish Office.

Learn more about the Stephen Ministry here

Visit the Sick and Home-bound: Eucharistic Ministers who bring Communion to the sick and home-bound in hospitals, convalescent and rehabilitation facilities and private homes.  For more information on this ministry please contact the Parish Office.