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 Food Drive on June 1 & 2
"Feed the hungry (cf. Mt 25:35, 37, 42) is an ethical imperative for the universal Church, as she responds to the teachings of her Founder, the Lord Jesus, concerning solidarity and the sharing of goods." (Pope Benedict XVI in Caritas in Veritate, 2009). You can help feeding the hungry in Bryan/College Station by bringing non-perishable items to the food drive at St. Mary’s next weekend, June 1 & 2, for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry. Items suggested are brown or black beans, spaghetti pasta and sauce, rice, potatoes flakes, cans of soup and chili. Donations can be put in the carts at the back of the church. Thank you for helping feeding the hungry of our community!
- 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 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.
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,
- ACT: Advocates for Christ Today
- SMAPL: St. Mary's Aggies Promoting Life
- Jail Ministry: 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.
Jun 26, 2013Change the life of a child through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). Come to this meeting to learn more about the sponsorship program.