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

There are many needs in our community and beyond due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out our Ways to Help page <HERE> for more information.

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. (Currently suspended)

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


McKenna’s Wagon

Sandwich Assembly is Currently Suspended

“Sandwich Saturday” takes place once a month at 9:30 AM in the multi-purpose room. Volunteers assemble and bag 300 sandwiches to be distributed on McKenna’s Wagon, a mobile food truck run by Martha’s Table which delivers food to the needy in Washington, DC seven days a week. McKenna’s Wagon is named for the late Father Horace McKenna, a Jesuit priest who made it his mission to serve the poor of inner-city DC.

Volunteer needs: Contact Nancy Shea-Starkenburg at or see the schedule for McKenna’s Wagon in the parish bulletin or website calendar and join the sandwich assembly.


So Others Might Eat (SOME)

SOME is no longer accepting casseroles due to the coronavirus concerns. A list of needed items is <HERE>.

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, 301-588-0330.


Individual and Family Volunteer Activities in the Community


Shepherd’s Table

An Update on Needs During the Current Restrictions Due to Coronavirus is <HERE>

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 Health and Rehabilitation 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.


Additional Volunteer Activities Offered through Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities believes that each person is endowed with the desire to love and care for others, especially those who society marginalizes and who need assistance. So, they incorporate volunteers from all walks of life into their work. Check out all the opportunities to get involved <HERE>.

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Parish Events

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Food Drive

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Food Drive

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