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St. Vincent de Paul Society
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a Catholic lay service organization that has directed its attention to works of charity for the past 170 years.  Conference core meetings are held in Room C of the Rectory after 8:30am Mass on the first and third Mondays of each month.  Full conference meetings are held at 7:00pm on the fourth Monday of February, May and October.  New members are welcome and may attend either morning or evening meetings. If your interested in joining the SVdP, contact:
Team Lead:   Jim Emley                  emleyj@msn.com                608-239-5280 
                         Parish office              icoffice@iccols.org
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- Council #14962
At a personal level, the Knights of Columbus allows all Catholic men of the parish an opportunity to give of their time, talent and treasury as they can to better the parish in their own way.  As a parish based council, our focus is on the needs of Immaculate Conception Parish and the surrounding community. It is our Catholic faith that leads to good works informed by our four core principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Members of the Immaculate Conception Knights of Columbus Council number over 100 Catholic men who perform many of the activities suggested by the Supreme Council under the general categories of Church, Community, Council, Culture of Life, Youth and Family. If you are interested in becoming a Knight, contact 

Grand Knight:  Mark Stinnett               mcstinnett@wowway.com          614-483-9008
Membership:  Dan Cleary                   d_mcleary@yahoo.com             614-402-4274
                          Parish Office                icoffice@iccols.org                      614-267-9241
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Open Shelter Ministry
Everyday, 400+ people in Columbus are forced to sleep on the streets, on park benches, and under bushes.  Shelters are full, so those left behind turn to The Open Shelter.  The Shelter, opened in 1983, provides food, clothing, sleeping bags, etc. to help the homeless survive until they are able to access shelter or housing options.  If you would be interested in this ministry, contact: 
Team Lead:  Cheryl Costello              cherylcostello@yahoo.com         614-774-8879
                  Parish Office              icoffice@iccols.org                  614-267-9241
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Committee for Life
"Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God." (CCC 2319). IC’s Committee for Life focuses on protecting life at its earliest stage.  If you are interested in bearing witness to the Gospel of Life by being a part of IC’s Committee for Life, please contact:
Team Co-Leads:  Peter McCann         peterjmccann@sbcglobal.net        614-746-2577

                                Denise Coyne          coynedk@sbcglobal.net                 614-595-5125 
                                Parish Office             icoffice@iccols.org                          614-267-9241
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B.R.E.A.D. (Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity)

Immaculate Conception is part of a network representing 45 interfaith congregations throughout Columbus that participates in the organization. B.R.E.A.D. seeks to draw upon the strength of people of faith to act on local issues working together toward a greater degree of justice and fairness in the community. This is done through relationship building, direct action and negotiation with decision-makers. For information, contact 
Team Lead: Mike Pitroff                           mpitroff@insight.rr.com                  614-433-9562
                       Parish Office                       icoffice@iccols.org                          614-267-9241  
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IHN/YWCA Homeless Ministry
Our parish is involved in a unique opportunity to host homeless families at the WYCA Family Center off 5th Avenue. The Center is operated through the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Volunteers from our parish provide meals and host families during evening hours on the third Friday of each month. A sign-up board is in the Church vestibule. To become involved contact 
Team Co-Leads:  Vicky Minzler          vicky.minzler@idq.com                    614-668-2007
                                Deborah Gray        deborahbgray@gmail.com             614-946-5588
                        Parish Office           icoffice@iccols.org                          614-267-9241
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Habitat for Humanity
The mission of Habitat is to work in partnership with God and people to build affordable homes, empower families, and develop communities. I.C. has been involved with Habitat for Humanity in Columbus for over 20 years. Our parish provides financial help to purchase materials for construction of homes and provides parish volunteers who actually go out and build homes.
Volunteer work takes place on Tuesday and Thursday morning, as well as our main construction day on Saturdays. Those with and without construction experience are needed. To become involved contact
Team Lead:  John Fields                     fields.28@osu.edu                          614-267-5667
                        Parish Office                   icoffice@iccols.org                          614-267-9241
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