We recognize that it is difficult to see the bulletin board in the Gathering Space after Mass and have decided to share the correspondence we have received so everyone understands that it is acknowledged. Thank you’s were received from the Young Parents Network, Tanager Place, The Knights of Columbus (both Tootsie Roll and Rose Drives), St. John’s Catholic Worker House, Birthright, Bridgehaven, and the Willis Dady Center.
Additionally this month we would like to bring your attention to the “Joyful Noise” fundraiser which was held virtually and supports the Family Promise of Linn County. This is still available on line with the following link: https://familypromiseoflinncounty.org/joyful-noises/
We have chosen this quarter to include “Marion Cares” as our latest first time recipient. You can learn more about this non-profit at the following link: https://marioncares.org/
Mark you calendars now as St John’s is now doing “Run for Pie” which replaces their “Run for the Least” event. It will be September 18, 2021. There is a link on their website https://www.runforpie.com/
We would like to be able to continue to support The Catholic Worker House and have been in contact there to come up with an option. Working within their list we have decided to solicit donations of many of the staple items they always need:
Bottled water, juice, seasonings (salt, pepper, minced onion, seasoning salt, garlic salt), Rotel or flavored diced tomatoes, condiments (mayo, ketchup, ranch dressing), coffee, sugar, creamer. Canned goods are always welcome but she specifically advised they do not want a surplus of boxed items due to issue that can arrive with pests. We will have a collection box in the Gathering Space and you can drop off at any of the Mass times through May 1st.
Possible vaccine clinic: Finally, Social Justice commission is considering providing the location for a Covid vaccine clinic hosted by Catholic Charities. One of the requirements would be having several bi-lingual individuals on hand. Please contact Connie Sjostrom @ 319.270.3774 if you are bilingual and would be interested in helping with this.
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Legislative Action Alerts The Office of Respect Life and Social Justice has a webpage dedicated to the various Catholic organizations with Political Action alerts. Sharing these resources allows parishioners to follow specific organizations like the Iowa Catholic Conference, Human Life Action and Justice for Immigrants, among others. All people of faith are encouraged to go to the organization sites and sign up to receive action alerts as to when a bill or policy is being addressed at the state or federal levels. Links to the various organizations can be found at: https://www.dbqarch.org/offices/respect-life/get-involved/
https://www.respectlife.org/l-o-v-e What to do when a friend is considering abortion
https://www.respectlife.org/navigating-infertility Seven Considerations while navigating infertility
https://www.respectlife.org/support-her 10 Ways to support her when she is unexpectedly expecting
https://www.respectlife.org/children-commodities Children as Commodities
https://www.respectlife.org/adoption-love-story An Adoption Love Story
https://www.respectlife.org/healing-in-marriage Healing within Marriage from an abortion
https://www.respectlife.org/end-of-life-considerations Catholic Considerations for our Earthly Passing
https://www.respectlife.org/end-of-life-considerations Advance Medical Directives: Planning your future
https://www.respectlife.org/reasons-against-assisted-suicide Top Reasons to oppose assisted suicide
https://www.respectlife.org/culture-of-life How to build a culture of life
Feed the Hungry 2019 : Thanks to all who contributed to the “Feed the Hungry” meals this month. We feed 25+ at the Catholic Worker house on February 10th and approximately a done more at the Family Promise program at St. Wenscelaus. Your generosity is very humbling.
Pray for that people recognize and affirm the dignity of human life, and that God leads each of us to take steps to defend life.
The Coalition for Life of Iowa invites you to pray in front of Planned Parenthood during our 40 Days for Life campaign. This draws attention to the evil of abortion through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. For additional info:
HAITI 2018 You can track the progress of the 2018 Haiti trip from All Saints on this link:
You can keep track of updates here: https://
Contact any member of the Social Justice Commission for information regarding our hand crosses and Rosary CD
Franciscan Common Venture – a volunteer program sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa, provides the opportunity for persons age 20+ to contribute their time, commitment and talent in service among people who are poor. There are multiple service opportunities from quilting to a food bank’s community garden. Long-term service is also available. If interested, contact Sr. Michelle Balek, OSF; 3390 Windsor Ave; Dubuque IA 52001; Phone: 563-583-9786; e-mail:email@example.com; OR visit our website: www.osfdbq.org/commonventure
Catholic Charities-Did you know that Catholic Charities offers a diverse array of programs and services throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque, including Mental Health Counseling, Crisis Pregnancy and Post Abortion Counseling, Affordable Housing, Refugee Resettlement, Immigration Legal Services, Jail & Prison Ministry, mentoring and support for single parents and Disaster Services? Support these services with your gift to the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Learn more at www.CatholicCharitiesDubuque.org.
SANSI (Springville Area Neighborhood Services and Information) falls under Social Justice as the three area churches work together to handle the challenges of the needs in the community. We have 3 parish members (John Roberts, Al Meyer and Yvette Moravec) who sit on the board of SANSI and represent us in those community projects including the Backpack program and the annual Ecumenical service.
Several sub-committees fall under Social Justice—annual food drive (handled by the RE classes) Fair Trade (handled by RE classes) Angel Tags for Tanager (handled by Julie Meyer)
We have sponsored children chosen by previous Social Justice commission members. World Vision is Oscar Simzawa and Unbound is Jesus Alexandro (previous Christian Children)
We support the Cedar Rapids area non- profit Family Promise through our association with St. Wenceslaus during their hosting weeks and provide family meals on selected dates. Our “Feed the Hungry” ministry also includes meals to the Catholic Worker house throughout the year.
We support the All Saints parish Haiti project –sometimes financially, sometimes with volunteers.
We organize the RESPECT Life programs in October and in January we plan the prayer service on the Anniversary of Roe V Wade.
Throughout the year we respond to needs brought to us by Catholic Charities—whether financial or bringing awareness of volunteer opportunities and needs around the Archdiocese. Fortnight for Freedom is a great example of this—with information provided in the bulletin during the month of June.
Our “Visit the Sick” ministry is outlined above and was new in 2017. Please contact any member of our commission for more information.
We are tasked with determining the recipients of our tithing (the amount is set by Finance Council) and select various local charities.