Social Justice Ministry

COMING IN FEBRUARY...2 EXCITING EVENTS!!

Social Justice Ministry Book Discussion...Join us on Monday evenings in February on ZOOM from 7:00-8:15 PM.

A New Way to Be Church: Parish Renewal from the Outside In (2018) by Jack Jezreel, Senior Advisor for JustFaith Ministries, Master of Divinity from Notre Dame University, Orbis Books.

You are invited to the Social Justice Ministry Book Discussion for the reading and discussion of Jack Jezreel’s challenge to us as a community: If the Church is ever going to understand a dynamic communion with God and actualize its full potency as a force for good, it will happen only when the church is at the center of the work of compassion and justice, and the work of compassion and justice is at the center of the parish.

As Jezreel writes, we are all called to be vessels of God’s healing, both as individuals and as a community through the providing for needs of the daily lives of our brothers and sisters. In this book, Jezreel shows us how we are gifted with a mission and the means to live this mission and we are all in need of each other.  

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Movie Night and Pizza - February 26 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We invite all to attend a showing and discussion of the movie, Just Mercy at St. Peter Lower Church. Pizza and salad will be served!

The event is free! There will be a free will donation basket. Thank you!

Our JUST FAITH group recently read the New York Times best-selling book by author, Bryan Stevenson. SO… the Social Justice Committee is now presenting its first pizza and movie night!

The MOVIE: Just Mercy takes us inside America’s broken criminal justice system and compels us to confront inequality and injustice. Based on the bestselling book, the Just Mercy movie presents the unforgettable story of Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and the case of Walter McMillian (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx), who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. Winner of American Black Film Festival, Movie of the Year. Come to watch the movie (rated pg-13) and offer insights gleaned from this excellent production.

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Please visit our Diaper Pantry page and learn more about this much-needed ministry!

This week's need: diaper sizes 5 and 6...thank you!!  

Three babies

UPDATE: The 2021 RCAB Social Justice Convocation is now available to view online. In order to do so, click this link Convocation - Register to View which will enable you to register with GoTo Webinar and then view the Convocation.

Let Us Dream - The Path To a Better Future: The Social Justice Convocation of the Archdiocese of Boston...A Virtual Gathering on November 13, 2021

Let Us Dream

                                                          CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

 

THANK YOU to My Brother's Keeper

MANY THANKS to Deacon Paul Key from our neighboring collaborative (St. Mary/St. Joseph) for a wonderful, inspiring presentation on Saturday, December 11 at St. Peter Lower Church. MANY THANKS also to the many participants attending this educational and informative presentation made available for our Collaborative by the Social Justice Ministry.

Our eyes have been opened to the vast needs not only in our local area but well beyond our local borders. Opportunities for parishioners in our collaborative to serve Christ in many NEW ways were highlighted by Deacon Paul.

My Brother’s Keeper is engaged in a variety of ministries of outreach including: a furniture program (furniture pick-up, cleaning, and delivery), a food program (pick-up from the Greater Boston Food Bank, packing, and delivery), a Christmas program (select, deliver, and wrap gifts), Adopt a Family, financial support, and most importantly, prayer!  With 5000 volunteers, My Brother’s Keeper serves many people in many communities… a labor of love! To volunteer and to learn more: mybrotherskeeper.org

Save the Date...

My Brother's Keeper: Bringing the Love and Hope of Jesus Christ to All Who Are Served

Saturday, December 11 at 10AM to 11:30AM

St. Peter Lower Church

Come and learn about the wonderful work of My Brother’s Keeper, a Christian ministry of loving service and education devoted to helping those in need. Deacon Paul Key, Chief Development Officer of My Brother’s Keeper, and Deacon at St. Mary and St. Joseph Collaborative of Plymouth/Kingston will speak about this vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry which delivers furniture and food to families in need, and much more.

As a gift at each furniture delivery, My Brother’s Keeper offers a crucifix with the message, “We’re just the delivery people…this is the man who sent you the furniture.” Be inspired in this season of giving!

MBK photo

 

Diaper Pantry News...

SERVICE TO OTHERS IN ACTION - KYLE CAMPBELL

The young people of our Collaborative are such a blessing, participating in the life of our parishes in so many ways! One of those parishioners is Kyle Campbell, who regularly provides invaluable help at the St. Kateri Food Pantry and the Collaborative’s Diaper Pantry. Here, Kyle is shown processing a recent donation of children’s toys from Rebels & Rods of Plymouth. We are so grateful to Kyle for all his hard work, and we also send heartfelt thanks to the generous members of Rebels & Rods…you’re making many children and families very happy this year!

Kyle at Diaper Pantry

THANK YOU MAGGIE!!

Babies from all around Plymouth, Carver and Kingston send a very hearty thank you to St. Kateri Confirmation student Maggie Cizmar. Maggie conducted a very successful Diaper Drive to benefit our Collaborative’s Diaper Pantry and the many babies it serves. Maggie used an innovative approach, asking interested donors to respond with a ‘thumbs up’ text, requesting that diapers be left outside of the donor’s front door at a set date and time, which Maggie then picked up. And what a haul of diapers, which will keep many babies clean and dry! Thanks again Maggie, from all of us in the Collaborative.

Maggie Diaper Drive

POWIR: People Organized to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees

 “Let us open our heart to refugees; let us make their sorrows and their joys our own; let us learn courageous resilience from them!” (Pope Francis)

POWIR: An Update December, 2021

Our Collaborative has been blessed this past year with the opportunity to help brothers and sisters from dangerous parts of the world to resettle here in our area. We’ve assisted with rides, mentoring, household goods, but most importantly through fellowship – we’ve welcomed our new friends at our Collaborative picnic, social gatherings, and even pitched in with preparation of Thanksgiving dinner! As always, volunteers participating receive much, much more than is given.

We expect to have additional opportunities in the New Year to meet and lend a hand to more families arriving in our area and would love your help. Please watch upcoming bulletins and our newsletter for more information on how to get involved. As St. Paul said, “…remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

 

Welcome Banner
Welcome Banner by the O'Kane children

On October 2, the Collaborative heard an excellent presentation on POWIR (People Organized to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees), by Marjean Perhot, Director of Immigration and Refugees at Catholic Charities, who shared with us the following:

  • 79.5 million people worldwide are in need of protection: 1 person is forcibly displaced every three seconds
  • Threats to a safe home include war, persecution, poverty, and climate change
  • Two-thirds of all refugees are from five countries: Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar.
  • The U.S Council of Catholic Bishops launched POWIR to develop a base of support, mentorship, and welcome for newcomers- that is, to live out social justice. POWIR is overseen and supported through Diocesan Catholic Charities offices.
  • Southeastern Mass POWIR is already helping multiple families to resettle in the area. The refugee list is long and growing due to recent events in Afghanistan.
  • Fr. Joe and our Collaborative’s Social Justice Ministry has committed to support the effort of the Southeastern MA POWIR effort, through PCC POWIR. There are so many ways to help: fundraising, transportation, housing needs, educational support, financial donations, and more. If you can lend a hand, please contact Patty Kean, [email protected].  Watch for more information, updates, and opportunities to assist!

The Social Justice Committee Book Discussion

This past September, on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, six people participated in a book discussion on Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, conversations of Pope Francis with journalist and biographer, Austen Ivereigh, on the COVID crisis and our collective future.  In these conversations, Pope Francis speaks to those of us in the Catholic Church and also to everyone seeking the common good for society and the planet. Each week, we took turns sharing what passages resonated, challenged, or confused us, and this created a very rich learning experience. In addition, we had the pleasure of getting to know who we worship with on a deeper level, one way to make our Collaborative worship and actions much more meaningful.

Pope Francis is challenging us be church in action and the first action we need to take is to see more clearly! Those of us who are privileged with food, housing, education, work, healthcare, security must step out of our comfort to really see the humanity in those who are living on the margins. Pope Francis challenges us next to redesign our economies so that every single person “has access to a dignified existence while protecting and regenerating the natural world.”  Pope Francis warns and advises us to see sin as the “rejection of limits that love requires.” We have to limit our excesses in the name of love. We have to limit our blindness and prejudices to see clearly the dignity and need of our neighbors. The Pope also reminds us that this will take humility and plenty of humor!

The group had a great time discussing this challenging wisdom. And we reminded each other weekly as we did so, “Who am I to judge?”


What is the mission of the Collaborative’s Social Justice Ministry?

Based in Catholic social teaching, and rooted in the Gospel, the mission of this ministry is to answer the call of our baptism to know God in our brothers and sisters, to love them and to serve them. We wish to carry out Jesus’ command to ‘love one another as I have loved you’ by creating opportunities for all parishioners to provide direct outreach and service to those in need, and to advocate for policies and programs that bring about justice and peace. 


For more information, please contact your Parish Office, or  CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE A VOLUNTEER FORM