Social Justice Outreach (SJO)

About Ministry

SJO meets approximately every 6 weeks, depending on upcoming events and are always in need of more volunteers.  This includes people who want to join the Committee full time, part-time, or just for selected projects or to help out in any way with distribution of the generous donations.  

In addition to all the tangible projects, we also disseminate information about worthwhile upcoming lectures, programs, retreats, etc. involving Social Justice Issues and many of our committee members attend as many as possible and bring along any and all interested parish folks.

To donate items or your time to any of the below projects, please see the announcements in the bulletin throughout the year.  Thank you for your generous support!

Annual SJO Projects

  • Annual Thanksgiving Baskets: Creating and distributing 80+ baskets of food to St. Gregory the Great, Marian House, and local families who request help.
     
  • Annual Advent Giving Tree Project: The committee selects several programs, usually, St. Gregory's, The Marian House, Apostleship of the Sea and The Pregnancy Center North and/or the Parish Sponsored Family.
     
  • Our Daily Bread Casserole Program: 4-5 times (months) per year we collect and deliver casseroles to Our Daily Bread. Our predetermined schedule is any month with 5 Tuesdays. We collect and deliver 45-55 frozen casseroles each time.
     
  • The Poor Box: Each quarter, we select a charity to be recipient of the donations for that 90 day period. Donations total $450-$550 per collection period. The poor boxes are located in the back of the church or we can accept donations online.
     
  • St. Mary of Govans Food Pantry: Groceries are collected in the wooden bin by the Undercroft elevator and are gathered and delivered on a bi-monthly basis.
     
  • Our Daily Bread Pantry Needs: Collections of sugar, salt, pepper, tea, etc.
     
  • School Supply Collection: Supplies are collected for selected inner city Catholic Grammar Schools such as Holy Angels and St. James & John schools.
     
  • Blankets for Others: Collecting blankets for area homeless shelters during the winter months.