Social Ministry

Fr. Gerard Bowen
Office Jan Shaw 410-964-1425 X324 jshaw@sjerc.org

Welcome!

The Social Ministry Committee of St. John the Evangelist Parish invites you to participate in one of our many volunteer opportunities.  It is with our actions we help our brothers and sisters in the Community and Globally towards a common good.  We encourage those who have ideas for new ways of carrying out our mission along with the current programs to attend one of our committee meetings.

Mission Statement of the St. John the Evangelist Social Ministry Committee
We will inform, inspire and invite parish members:
to consider and to act on local and global issues of social justice
and to support the empowerment of the oppressed and the disenfranchised

To learn more about social justice in the Church Catholic Social Teaching

Legislative Advocacy
Efforts to help create or change legislation and cultural influences to bring about a more just and compassionate society.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Maryland General Assembly are designated by legislative district. To look up your district access www.mdelect.net

Global Justice & Peace
Global justice and peace efforts including relationships with parishes in other countries and environmental stewardship projects.  St. John’s joined with advocates from across the country in “Catholics Confront Global Poverty.”
To join CFGP of St. John’s please email Sarah Lutterodt, sarahlutterodt@gmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities
Ministries providing compassionate, empowering response to individuals and families in need is shown in our  To Serve With Love contact list.

Thank you for volunteering at St. John’s. The Archdiocese of Baltimore requires all volunteers to be STAND certified. In addition, if you want to work directly with children we will request additional information: three references and a background check using your Social Security number and training. If you wish to be a driver you also will be asked for your driver’s license.

This can all now be completed online by going to www.shieldthevulnerable.org . To begin with you will Signup and create your own user name and password. If you need to return to the site you will just Login.

If you are unable to do this from home, please make arrangements with the office at WLIFC to come in and complete the information there by calling Jan (410-964-1425 x324).

Healing Community – a Prison Ministry Station of Hope
If we don’t learn about the system and try to get the changes made to help our affected brothers and sister, then who will?
Contact Mary Pat Donelan  marypatd@verizon.net

Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: from the local community to the particular Church and to the Church universal in its entirety. As a community, the Church must practice love. Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community….Within the community of believers there can never be room for a poverty that denies anyone what is needed for a dignified life.

DEUS CARITAS EST
ENCYCLICAL OF THE SUPREME PONT BENEDICT XVI, 2005


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