424 S. Main Street North Wales, PA 19454

Social Justice Team

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This ministry is an outgrowth of the “Year of Encounter with Pope Francis” program that invited parishioners to engage in a series of reflection sessions on Pope Francis’ teaching in “The Joy of the Gospel” about poverty and those who are marginalized or de-valued by society, and how our Catholic faith calls us to encounter them and take action to positively change our world.  The team's work focuses on serving and advocating for the hungry and homeless in our community.



During Lent, we are encouraging parish members and others in our community to help us prepare 250 Lent Care Bags for men and women experiencing homelessness.  Empty jumbo zip-top bags with information flyers are available at the church doors and in the collectionbin located outside the main doors of the Parish Center.  Fill the bag with needed personal care and snack items and drop it off to the bin outside the Parish Center doors any time during Lent.  We will deliver the bags to local homeless shelters.  Information flyer, click HERE




Your Way Home (the unified and coordinated crisis housing response organization for Montgomery County) is seeking donations to help provide shelter and alleviate crowding in homeless shelters for the homeless men, women and families in Montgomery County.

For information on how you can help click HERE


Consider making a donation to support our local food cupboards click HERE


CHOC -Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center

St. Rose parishioners undertake a variety of events throughout the year to serve the 50+ adult men and women residing at this emergency housing shelter.  Activities include home-cooked dinners for the residents, movie nights, annual sock & underwear drive, new towel donations and more.  

To volunteer your time or resources, contact Dave Vossen at davossenec@verizon.net or call the parish office at 215-699-4617.


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Pictured above: St. Rose parishioners joined with Inter-Faith Housing Alliance staff as a "move crew". The new IFHA van helps to transport families daily. 

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance

UPCOMING SERVICE PROJECT- Communty Dinner at Hope Gardens MAY 21, 2020. You can help St. Rose as we prepare & delicer a hot, home-cooked dinner for the families living at Hope Gardens (they are working hard to transition from homelessness to independence.)  To donate food or volunteer to cook on May 21, contact Jane selner at jselner@srol.org



2020 Summer Volunteer Opportunities! Prepare a dinner meal, be a morning or evening driver, assist as an overnight helper, help with shopping or laundry.  To volunteer for a role June 22-30 or July 17-31, contact Jane selner at jselner@srol.org

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance - For 3 weeks each summer, St. Rose partners with I-FHA to help shelter, provide a daily dinner meal and transportation for three families that are homeless. Other outreach activities include: providing home-cooked dinners for the families living at Hope Gardens, collecting personal care and other household items needed by families moving from emergency shelter into their own homes, and conducting donation drives for bedding, food and other resources needed by those moving from homelessness to independence.


Social Justice Brother House Clean 1 2017

Parishioners shared a Saturday morning to clean the brother House

Legion of Mary Brother House 

- The 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, St. Rose parish men visit the Brother House in Norristown (6:15-10 pm) to deliver donated snack items and spend time visiting with homeless adult men who come to the Brother House for a time of respite and refreshment. Adult male parishioners are invited to help as visitors. Everyone can be part of this outreach by donating snacks (fruit, fresh-made sandwiches, snack bars and trail mix for 30-40 persons are needed each month.) To donate snacks or join our team of visitors, contact the Parish office at stroselima@srol.org or 215-699-4617.

Learn more by contacting team leaders Dave Vossen at davossenec@verizon.net and Mary Reilly at reilly.m@gmercyu.edu