Outreach Beyond Our Parish

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been commissioned to provide for the poorest among us and to work toward change in our social structures when change is needed.  Catholic social teaching principles call us to provide varied opportunities for community members to live out their gospel call.

Please consider the community outreach and volunteer opportunities below.

5% Weekly Giving

Times are difficult for so many. The finance council and the parish staff have discussed how best the parish can respond to the increased need that we are experiencing through phone inquiries, walk-ins and the increased requests from various charitable agencies.

Since September 2009, the parish has been giving 5% of the weekly collection to a charity or agency that serves the poor and needy.

Catholic Business Ministry

The St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Business Ministry:

  • Promotes the development of parish-level communities of Catholic business leaders
  • Promotes the development of inter-parish communities of Catholic leaders
  • Promotes outreach by Catholic business leaders to Catholic charitable causes

We meet for breakfast on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:45 to 9:00 AM at

John O’Groats Restaurant
10516 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

For more information, please contact:

Jay Spillane
Email: jspillane@spillaneplc.com
Phone: 424-217-5980

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles

“Catholic Charities is committed to manifesting Christ’s spirit by collaborating with diverse communities, providing services to the poor and vulnerable, promoting human dignity, and advocating for social justice.”

Catholic Charities operates programs across all of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties:

  • Food distribution services
  • Community centers
  • Homeless shelters and programs
  • Youth programs
  • Senior services
  • Immigrant and refugee assistance

More information: Catholic Charities of Los Angeles

Habitat for Humanity – Catholic Coalition

Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) Catholic Coalition is looking for volunteers for current and future builds. Habitat LA homes are built almost entirely by volunteers, both skilled and unskilled. Habitat’s skilled on-site construction team provides all tools, safety equipment, instruction and preparation for the site. Volunteer days on the construction sites are Tuesdays through Saturdays.

There’s a need for weekday volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Rick Bisetti
Email: habitat@gmail.com

More information:  Habitat LA’s Catholic Coalition

Restorative Justice – Prison Ministry for At-Risk Youth

An ongoing ministry at Saint Paul the Apostle for 25 years, this ministry is making a difference in the lives of ’at risk’ youth. As a volunteer, you’ll attend mass and visit with youth incarcerated in a Sylmar detention facility. Transportation is available.

Take a look at what we do here! For more information, please contact:

David Primac

Sandwich Builders

Once a month on Friday evenings during the academic year, we gather to make hundreds of sack lunches for the homeless.

This is a big group effort – and a great way for your whole family to participate! We rely on generous volunteers like you to help with:

  • Donating food and supplies
  • Making and assembling the lunches
  • Driving lunches downtown to the distribution center on Saturday morning

More information on donations and sign-ups: Sandwich Builders Sign-Ups

St. James Inn

St. James Inn has always had a strong connection to our parish. With the help of our parishioners, St. James Inn was founded in 1988 by our beloved Fr. Patrick Traynor, CSP to provide comforting and dignified lodging and other related services to hospital outpatients or family members who have loved ones undergoing critical inpatient medical treatment in the UCLA Health System and other nearby hospitals.

St. James Inn now operates three homes and has provided over 27,000 guest days at no cost to guests. Members of the Saint Paul Catholic Community continue to serve on the Board of Directors and fundraising committee. Additionally, we host the Inn’s annual auction and dinner on our campus each spring.

More information: St. James Inn

Together in Mission

“Jesus calls us to open our hearts and extend a helping hand to those who are most vulnerable and most in need. And sadly, as we know, the number of needy families and children in our midst continues to grow with each passing year.” Archbishop Gomez invites Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Community to make our annual commitment to help those Archdiocese parishes and schools that need our support.

Your pledge makes a huge impact – right here in our city. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

More information and to donate online: Together in Mission

SPA’s 2019 Fundraising Goal: $136,300