Curious about our program? 
Oasis offers many services for both the Pinewoods Community and college students. The community gains the resources they need to provide for their families, and the students receive an opportunity to gain cultural awareness, teaching methodologies, and gain many necessary skills through serving the community. We hope you will decide to become a member of our team. 


Oasis Services
    Oasis provides after-school tutoring for over 100 children ages 3 years old to 3rd grade Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 5PM during both the fall and spring semesters. Tutors are asked to commit to coming one day per week for the duration of the semester. 
    Oasis also provides many other services to the Latino community in Pinewood, and the center provides a safe haven for individuals and families of the community. 

Oasis also offers:
  • Distribution of food, clothing, kitchenware, and other gently used items
  • Community Building Programs
  • Special Celebrations and Fiestas
  • Monthly Mass celebration (when priest is available)
  • Weekly Holy Hour of Adoration
  • Preparation to receive the Sacraments
    All these and more are part of Oasis'ministry of bringing healing to people's hearts. They build community and solidarity, celebrate life, and promote the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, thus wholeness of all who pass through.    

History of Oasis
    Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela was founded by the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an international order of Sisters, in September 2002.  Since then, the Sisters have been serving the families of the community with the help of many volunteers, various partnerships, and generous donations.
    The sisters (namely, Sr. Margarita Martin, ACJ; Sr. Marietta Jansen, ACJ; and Sr. Angela Cordero, ACJ) provide much-needed ministries to the people of the Pinewood Estates North community and surroundings. 
    The mission of the Oasis Católico is to be a place where English and Spanish speaking cultures can connect and enrich one another. Nestled among the trailers of Pinewood Estates North, the Oasis is a haven of calm amidst the confusion faced by many of the community residents.
To read more about the Handmaids, visit their website at: http://www.acjusa.org 

Mission Statement
 "To build bridges of understanding, appreciation, and love among cultures, faith traditions, social statuses, and with God, fostering wholeness and holiness, thus bringing healing to people's hearts and peace to their relationships."

More Information and Resources

If you would like to learn more about the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the United States, world-wide, or about the advocacy work that this organization has done and is doing for women and children around the world, please consider visiting the websites below:

ACJ Sisters Worldwide