Social Justice Team
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.
NEXT TEAM MEETING: APRIL 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fr. Murphy Room. All are welcome!
APRIL 30, 2019 - St. Rose volunteers will prepare & serve a home-cooked dinner for 55 persons (the street homeless and poor residing in Norristown, PA that visit Safe House Ministries. Safe House Ministries aids the hungry by providing a free dinner meal every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year.
MAY 16 and SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 - St. Rose volunteers will provide a hot dinner for the families residing at the rent-assited apartm,ents at the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance Hope Gardens.
To volunteer for an outreach event, contact Jane Selner at firstname.lastname@example.org
LENT CARE BAGS for the HOMELESS
THANK YOU to everyone that prepared a Lent Care Bag filled with personal care and non-perishable snack items for those struggling with the homeless. We reached our goal of distributing 250 bags and are most grateful for your kindness and support for the most vulnerable in our community.
OUTREACH PARTNERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES
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 shelter. Activities include home-cooked dinners for the residents, movie nights, annual sock & underwear drive, new towel donations and more.
St. Rose volunteers will be preparing and taking a home-cooked dinner meal to CHOC (5:00-6:30 p.m.) on the following dates:
Thursday, June 13 , 2019 - Flag Day Celebration
To volunteer your time or resources, contact Dave Vossen at email@example.com or call the parish office at 215-699-4617.
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance
WE ARE CURRENTLY GATHERING VOLUNTEERS for the 2019 Buddy Congregation Service.
Dates for this year's outreach are June 24-30 and July 16-31.
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-699-4617.
All that are interested in helping are invited to learn more by contacting team leaders Dave Vossen at email@example.com and Mary Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org