Social Justice Ministry

“Amen, I say to you, what ever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” 

Matthew 25:40

We reach out to others in charity, and work for justice in long term solutions for the poor and vulnerable, through:

        • Direct Service
        • Education
        • Advocacy

 

Committee Meetings

All parish members interested in the Social Justice Ministry are encouraged to attend the meetings which are held monthly.

The meetings discuss and plan for parish activities promoting social justice. The Ministry is responsible for researching and recommending organizations and activities to which a portion of the Sunday Community Fund collection is given.

For information contact the Rectory at 301-649-3700.

 

Parish Needs

The Social Justice Ministry responds to specific needs of the St. Andrew’s community though referrals to social service agencies and through coordination of parish assistance in concert with the Health Ministry. A portion of the Community Fund collection is for our parish community. If you have specific needs, please call the rectory at 301 649-3700.

 

Goal 1: To Reach out in Charity

 

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

Every month, parish members are asked to prepare a pre-cooked but frozen casserole which is delivered to SOME for distribution.

Volunteer needs: Prepare casserole and leave at church on the 3rd Thursday of each month, or drive the collected food to SOME on the collection day.

Here are  a few SOME Casserole Recipe Suggestions to use for your monthly donations. You are not limited to these recipes but may make any casserole you wish that would fill a 9 X 13 inch pan.  Thank you!

 

Nonperishable Food Collection on Sunday

On the 2nd Sunday of each month (Community Sunday), parishioners are asked to bring nonperishable foods (canned goods, boxed goods) to the Sunday Masses for delivery to food pantries in the area.

Volunteer needs: Bring nonperishable food on Community Sunday.

 

Focused Parish Service Projects

Throughout the year there are projects which focus on special community needs. A collection is made of Christmas presents for an adopted parish. Blanket and coat collections have taken place during the winter.

Please call the rectory for information about the parish projects or other needs or concerns.

 

Goal 2: To Work for Long Term Solutions

 

Archdiocesan Legislative Network

This organization communicates with the Maryland legislators to advocate for passage of legislation affecting important and long term solutions to issues such as partial-birth abortions, assisted suicide, death penalty, education, food stamps, and health care. Parish members meet with the legislature and advocate for these issues on President’s Day in February in Annapolis.

Volunteer needs: Join the network throughout the year, and particularly during the legislative advocacy meetings.

Contact: Archdiocese of Washington, Director of Charity and Justice, 301-853-5340

 

Action in Montgomery County (AIM)

AIM is an advocacy group consisting of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and other faith groups who advocate for social justice in Montgomery County. The current issues include all day kindergarten, senior services and affordable housing. Annual conventions and small group meetings within faith groups, with the county executive, and with the county council members are held.

Volunteer needs: Participate in the advocacy conventions, forums and meetings.

Contact: AIM Office, 301 388-0700.

 

Individual and Family Volunteer Activities in the Community

 

Shepherd’s Table

This organization provides food, clothing and other services to those in need. It is located in Silver Spring, at 8210A Colonial Lane. Volunteers are needed to distribute clothing on Wednesday or Saturday mornings. To assist in food or other services, call the center at 301-585-6463.

 

Arcola Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

The nursing home on Arcola and University Blvd. needs volunteers to assist residents in recreational activities. Call the volunteer coordinator at 301 649-2400.

 

Manor Care Nursing Home

The nursing home on 11901 Georgia Avenue needs volunteers to help residents in social activities, bingo, etc. Call the volunteer coordinator at 301 942-2500.

 

St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home

St. Ann’s, located at 4901 Eastern Ave, Hyattsville, provides residence and services for mothers and infants. Volunteers are needed for recreational projects, direct assistance to infants (feeding and care), and mentoring to expectant and new mothers. Call Franciena Turner at 301 559-5500, Ext 168.


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