Social Justice Committee
The Social Justice Committee provides opportunities for parishioners to learn about justice issues and participate in local and global charity projects, advocate for particular issues that support justice here and abroad, and raise money for those in need. Our Vision Statement reads: It is the vision of the Social Justice Committee to empower members of Corpus Christi parish to change hearts and change structures to create a society that more closely reflects the teachings of Jesus and God’s kingdom.
We participate in many projects throughout the year. Some are ongoing, while others are seasonal. If you are interested in participating in the Social Justice Committee, or any of these areas, please contact us at 651.639.8888.
Ongoing Projects Include:
Keystone Community Services
Each month, Corpus Christi offers one weekend’s loose change and bills from the collection to support Keystone Community Services, as well as collecting food and personal care products each week. Keystone provides local assistance for those in need.
Dorothy Day Loaves & Fishes Dinner Preparation and Service
Every second Tuesday of the month, Corpus Christi parishioners prepare and serve dinner to the homeless guests at Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day shelter across from the Xcel Center in downtown St. Paul. Helpers gather at 3:30 p.m. and conclude by 5:15 pm.
Corpus Christi parishioners have adopted a Karen refugee family from Burma, near Thailand. Families need help orienting to their new home in Roseville, MN. Tasks include transportation for errands, reading daily mail, explain bills, practicing English, and exploring shopping venues.
Throughout the year we also do many charitable drives to help the less fortunate in our community. These include: the Back-to-school Backpack Drive in July and August, Warm Winter Hearts, a new and gently used winter clothes collection, in October, the Giving Tree during Advent to help provide Christmas presents for those in need, and a gently used children’s book drive that benefits youngsters in the Roseville Area Schools who might otherwise not have access to their own books. During Lent, we raise awareness of human needs throughout the world. We have participated in the Water Project, giving up all beverages except for water for two weeks. The money saved by drinking only water is then donated to help build water projects in Kitui, Kenya. We have also promoted Operation Rice Bowl.
While we excel at charity, we also work toward justice in an attempt to transform our society so we have less need for charity. During the month of August, parishioners help welcome homeless families at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Anthony Park for Project Home, an overflow shelter for homeless families in our community. Guidance is provided. Grace is abundant. During October we seek to raise awareness about the respect and dignity of every human life, born and unborn. We also strive to educate parishioners on what is happening at the state legislature and ask for their advocacy on behalf of the poor, sick and disenfranchised. On a national level, we participate in the Bread for the World Offering of Letters, bringing the letter writing to parishioners. One weekend is dedicated to writing letters to representatives in Congress in the Gathering Area, asking them to change policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist. Bread for the World is a Christian organization that encourages the United States to make decisions that will end hunger here and abroad. We spend several weeks each year building a home along with 13 area churches, a consortium called Holy Hammers, through Habitat for Humanity. In addition to these activities, we annually host educational forums to raise awareness on issues that face the poor, the hungry and aliens in our midst, while seeking to promote change.
Click here for a list of Justice Organizations.