Social Justice Ministry

 

SJ Website ImageTHE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE CURRENTLY IS NOT ACTIVE.

We are called to treat all people with respect, compassion, and justice. In Christ’s description of the Last Judgment, we learn that when we ignore the poor, we ignore Christ himself. . . . As Catholics, we can no longer tolerate the moral scandal of so much poverty in our land and so much hunger in our world. One-sixth of our children are growing up poor in the richest nation on earth. More than 30,000 children die every day worldwide from hunger, deprivation, and their consequences. Every Catholic is called to join in the search for the moral values and virtues and for just policies and investments that will help people escape the trap of poverty. Many people are being left behind. Our faith calls us to respond. Our nation needs it. Our world requires it. Our salvation demands it. Hear the call and answer it.

Making a Place at the Table,
Committees on Domestic and International Policy
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

 St. Stan’s Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Committee partners with parish staff in charity and social justice efforts, to grow the ministry, and to address social justice issues.  The Social Justice Committee ministers to the St. Stan’s and the West Seventh communities through prayer, educational offerings, charitable contributions and actions to promote justice. The group currently does not meet.  Contact Pat Tommet at ptommet@tc.umn.edu (651-698-1969) with questions.

Social Justice Activities

Social Conversations

The Social Justice Committee began hosting Social Conversations in 2012.  Social Conversations address a variety of topics and are held intermittently throughout the year .  Social Conversations offer a unique opportunity for people to share ideas and concerns in a safe, non-threatening environment.  Come and bring your family and friends.  Share, listen, and learn what others have to say about important and challenging topics.  In keeping with our St. Stan’s mission statement, Social Conversations offer “…a place where it is safe to tell your story” and a place where all are welcome.  Watch for information about our next Social Conversation in the St. Stan’s Bulletin and on this website.  We currently are not hosting Social Conversations. 

Immigration

Join other parishes and the wider community at the monthly prayer vigil for detained immigrants sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition for Immigration.  The vigils take place at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center (425 Grove Street, St. Paul) on the first Sunday of every month from 2:30-3:00 PM.

Annual Food Drive

The Social Justice Committee sponsors an annual Stop the Hunger Campaign in July.  Nonperishable food items and money are collected and brought to the Salvation Army to benefit the West Seventh Community.  The July date was originally selected because local food shelves deplete quickly during the summer when school is not in session.  This gives local food shelves the opportunity to restock their shelves and provide food to people in need.  Watch the bulletin and this website for more details.

Annual Warmth Drive

Our annual Warmth Drive is held in October and also benefits the West Seventh Community.  Donations of winter jackets, sweaters, boots, mittens, gloves, and socks (new) are appreciated, along with financial contributions.  Donations are distributed to Joseph’s Coat, a free store that provides clothing, household items, personal hygiene products, and children’s items to over one thousand individuals each week.  Watch the bulletin and this website for more details.

Diaper Collection

The Social Justice Committee sponsors an annual diaper drive or baby shower on Mothers’ Day.  Watch the bulletin and this website for more details.

Bulletin Board

The Social Justice Committee maintains a Bulletin Board in the lobby of St. Stan’sIt contains information about a variety of social justice issues,  upcoming events in the Twin Cities, and pending legislative proposals.