JUSTICE & PEACE
"Do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
The Justice & Peace committee and its ministries brings the Gospel Catholic social teaching into our daily lives through education and community action. Ongoing initiatives include:
Casseroles Project: Collects casseroles the third Sunday of each month for hungry families.
Adopt-A-Family: Christmas-time sharing project with St. Gregory the Great Parish in Baltimore City, Women at the Jessup Correctional Institution, Mariner Nursing Home and local residents.
Dorcas Collection: Monthly collection of food and money to respond to requests for emergency needs for the area poor. Assistance is given to St. Bernadette parishioners in need and funds are distribited to the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, Christian Assistance Program, Emmaus Center, HOPE (For All), My Brother's Keeper and St. Gregory Parish. The food collected to taken to the North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON).
Helping Neighbors Ministry: The Helping Neighbors Ministry serves individuals within our community who are experiencing financial or other difficulties in maintaining their homes.
Sister Parish - Our Lady of the Visitation Parish, Gonaives, Haiti: Provides financial support to our sister parish, Our Lady of the Visitation in Gonaives. Our main focus is providing a daily lunch for the students so that they are not only fed one main healthy meal each day, but also educated in hopes of one day improving their lives. For more information on our Haiti meal program, please click here.
School Supply Drive for Sarah's House: A collection during August that provides school supplies, shoes and monies to cover other school expenses for children at the shelter. The Sharing Fund Collection in July goes to Sarah's House to help cover the cost of school related items during the school year.
Sharing Fund: A monthly collection to help groups in our county, state, country and the world. Allocations of these funds are sent to organizations that represent our community's commitment to the gospel values of peace, freedom, justice, charity, and compassion.
Arundel House of Hope Winter Homeless Shelter: Sheltering area homeless men and women in the parish hall for one week, providing them with fellowship, a warm place to sleep and three meals. Volunteers are needed to help provide meals for 35 guests and to be there in the evening and overnight to provide support.
An overview of Justice & Peace activities from the past year is available in our Annual Report.
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