Social Justice

Social Justice:  

The plastic bag collection for St. Patrick’s in Anamosa  will pause until October so if you have been saving some up remember we will not have a collection box again until they resume in October.

The Feed the Hungry for the Catholic Worker House will be held on October 21st.  We selected Mike Courtney’s moms beef stew recipe for the main course and will fill in with cornbread, salads and desserts.    You can check out the beef stew recipe here: 

Vegetable Beef Stew

Plenty of time to figure out what you might want to donate so that when the sign up sheets are out the first weekend in October you are ready!  Thank you all for your generous support.     We again will provide the ingredients and the recipes and the residents will prepare the meals!





Feed the Hungry Garden Produce:   Mike Courtney and John Waldron harvested approximately 160 pounds of potatoes for area food pantries. If you have extra produce available, you can deliver it directly to SANSI but Janet does ask that you call first to set a time to meet her. SANSI 854-6100.  If you have any questions call Mike Courtney at 319-462-6761




Thank you from Tanager Place:




Birthright Newsletter New Year 2023



Another option will be offered at St. Matthews in Cedar Rapids-details on this flyer:

2023 MarchForLife Flyer

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn Children
Although the Supreme Court’s Dobbs vs. Jackson ruling in June 2022 overturned Roe vs. Wade, the Church’s advocacy for life remains as vital as ever, especially as our country remains staunchly divided on the issue of abortion.  This January 23rd, we’re asked to turn our hearts towards prayer and penance on the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn Children.”  This day is typically observed on the 22nd, but because this year it falls on a Sunday, the recognition will be Monday the 23rd.  There are many resources available from the USCCB to utilize in recognition of this date at For more information or to discuss ways you can engage in the promotion of life from womb to tomb, please get in touch with Deacon Brian Zeman at



The plastic bag collection to make matts for the homeless has resumed and they appreciate your contritubtion!The committee from St. Patrick’s in Anamosa is asking for help to gather plastic grocery bags  for a project to make sleeping mats for the homeless. It takes between 600 and 800 bags to make one mat, woven or crocheted.  We will have a box in the Gathering space to collect these in the next few weeks. Please be sure your bag is free of debris.                                                                                                              



 Visit the Sick project 

Contact any member of the Social Justice Commission for information regarding our hand crosses and Rosary CD


DACA Court Ruling

A court ruling on July 16th, 2021 ruled that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy “is illegal” and will not be accepting applications from first-time applicants. The judge ruled DACA is unlawful but he is letting current DACA remain in place for current recipients. Current DACA recipients continue to have DACA and can renew and should renew. Click HERE for more information on the court ruling. 

Click HERE to tell your senator that a permanent solution for Dreamers is needed. 

We encourage you to contact our Immigration Legal Services to request a FREE consultation if you have any questions regarding DACA or your immigration status.  You can reach us at 319-364-7121



Social Justice ce Commission members for 2022-2023  are Council members Mike Courtney and John Kellerman and then volunteer members are John Roberts,   Elaine Jacobson, Connie Sjostrom and Julie Meyer.

Important information for Covid 19 Resources from Catholic Charities:
From Linn County Regarding Multi-Lingual Resources
Feed the Hungry 
Backpack-–   The “Backpack” program has changed and bags now come packed and are stored and delivered once a month. Thanks to all who have participated in this ministry in the past. Thanks to John Roberts for making the pickup and delivery.
Health Care Ethics:    
The last program was held in 2019  If you are interested in setting another date for this program beyond what is available on the Archdiocese of Dubuque website, please contact your Social Justice commission..
This program provided materials for the three various stages of Advanced Care Planning:
  1) Persons who are healthy or have well managed medical conditions
  2) Persons with a serious chronic condition and/or a progressively debilitating condition
  3) Persons with terminal illness or who may be well in the last year of life and persons who are actively dying (including adult children in anyone of these states.
We also covered the following topics: 
* Should a Catholic use Iowa’s Living Will?
* Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
* Specific Directives of individuals with serious chronic conditions and/or progressively debilitating conditions
*Considering benefits and burdens of medical treatment
* Medically assisted nutrition and hydration
* Resuscitation
* Pain and Symptom management
* Completing IPOST (Iowa Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) 


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  






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)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 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.

We are tasked with determining the recipients of our tithing (the amount is set by Finance Council) and select various local charities.