In Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI describes the “unbreakable bond between love of God and love of neighbor” (no. 16). The experience of God’s love, he says, should move us to love our neighbors, in whom God is present. But what should this loving action look like? The Catholic tradition recognizes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can respond to the Gospel call to put love in action: social justice (addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals).
St. Mary's offers many different programs and organizations to enable all parishioners to act for more social justice and do services.
- Sunday for the Poor Drives
Sunday for the Poor toiletry drive on October 5 & 6
In 2010, 46.2 million people in the USA lived in poverty and the US Department of Agriculture estimated that 49 million Americans, including 17 million children and 5 million seniors, were food insecure. Texas has the 3rd highest rate of people living in poverty and facing hunger! Recent reports showed that poverty has remained at the same level since then. Many families face tough decisions: do they pay their rent or mortgage, their utilities, buy the medications they need or put food on the table? They are relying on food pantries as last resort to be able to feed the family. In order to give them extra help, the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry provide some basic toiletries in addition of non-perishable food. You can help people of our community in need by participating to the Sunday for the Poor drive for toiletry items on Oct. 6 & 7. Donations of shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, disposable razors, men or women's deodorant, toothpaste and brushes, toilet paper, dish detergent and laundry detergent can be dropped in the carts at the entrance of the church. Thanks for your support.
- Social Ministries Outreach Collections
Monetary donations to the Poor Box located along the right side wall of the entrance of the church contribute to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
- Service Fair
- Voter Coffee House
- Work of Human Hands Sale
The Work of Human Hands provides an opportunity to put our consumer dollars to work for a better world by buying extraordinary, one-of-a-kind Fair Traded handcrafts through the Work of Human Hands project of Catholic Relief Services in partnership with SERRV. The beautiful products sold through Work of Human Hands Sale are created by more than 90 producer groups in 30 countries around the world. All the items are produced by democratically run groups of disadvantaged artisans and farmers, mostly women, who struggle to compete in the conventional trading system. When someone purchases their products, they not only generate needed income for the artisans, but also contribute to the sustainable development of the communities where producers live by stimulating local economies around the world.
Do you want to take a sneak peek? Here is the Fall/Winter 2013 consignment catalog from which we will order most items for the sale. We will have some extra items not on the catalog too!
A fun way to join in the spirit of giving and to show the poor in our community that we really do care about them. The 5K Run/Walk is organized by St. Mary’s Advocates for Christ Today (ACT) group and all proceeds go directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The event is tentatively scheduled in April 2014.
- ACT: Advocates for Christ Today
- SMAPL: St. Mary's Aggies Promoting Life
- Jail Ministry: offering Catholic services on Sunday morning to the Sandy Point minimum security jail in Bryan.
- St. Vincent de Paul Society: providing people of the community in need with emergency financial assistance, food and clothing.
- Ministry to the Sick: bringing spiritual and healing comfort to parishioners who are sick or home-bound
- Organizations supported by St. Mary’s
- Local service opportunities
- Summer service opportunities
- Long-term service opportunities
Social Concerns resources
For more information on any of the activities, programs and organizations under Social Concerns, contact Clotilde, St.Mary's Director of Social Ministries.
Dec 15, 2013All Christmas gifts for the Advent Giving Tree are due by Sunday December 15.
Dec 19-20, 2013Help the St. Vincent de Paul Society sorting the Christmas gifts in preparation for their delivery.
Dec 21, 2013
9:00 AM - 11:00 AMHelp the St. Vincent de Paul Society deliver Christmas gifts to low-income families of Bryan/College Station.