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.
The next Social Justice Team meeting is Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 PM. Contact Jane Selner at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation to the online meeting.
SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDY - Open Wide Our Hearts, 2018 USCCB Pastoral Letter Against Racism
St. Rose of Lima recently hosted a four-week study using prayerful dialogue to study, discuss, and respond to the 2018 U.S. Catholic Bishop’s pastoral letter against racism (Open Wide Our Hearts). We are now discerning actions we can take to help end racism.
We encourage you to do this as a self-study or read and discuss this important pastoral letter with family and friends. The pastoral letter and a study guide are avaiolable for free at usccb.org/racism.
CARE BAGS for the HOMELESS
165 bags and counting! Thank you to everyone that prepared a care bag. We invite parish members and others in our community to make a Care Bags for men and women experiencing homelessness. Empty jumbo zip-top bags and information flyers are available in the Church vestibule. Fill the bag with needed personal care and snack items and drop it off to the bin outside the Parish Center doors any time. 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 men and women and children in Montgomery County experiencing homelessness. For information on how you can help click HERE
Consider making a monetary donation to support 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 the parish office 215-699-4617 or Dave Vossen at email@example.com
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance
BUDDY CONGREGATION PROJECT
For 2-3 weeks each summer, St. Rose partners with I-FHA and nearby churches to provide transportation, daily dinner meals and overnight emergency shelter assistance to families experiencing homelessness. The next opportunity to serve will be in June/July 2021.
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, conducting donation drives for bedding, food and other resources needed by those moving from homelessness to independence, and participating in the holiday gift program.
LEGION OF MARY BROTHER HOUSE
During the Coronavirus outbreak, we are collecting the following items to support adult men experiencing homelessness. Donations of NEW or very gently used and clean MENS clothing items may be dropped off to the donation bins located outside the main doors of the Parish Center. Needed items include:
New or Lightly Used: Jeans, Boots, Sneakers, Jackets, Coats, Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Blankets
NEW only: Underwear, T-Shirts, Socks
We also invite SNACK DONATIONS - the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, St. Rose parish men visit the Brother House in Norristown (6:00-9 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 48 persons are needed twice each month.) To donate snacks or join our team of visitors, contact the Parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-699-4617.