Welcome to



the Parish of

St. Benedict


Ridgely, Maryland


St. Elizabeth

of Hungary


Denton, Maryland

Social Ministries Committee

The purpose of the Social Concerns Committee is to inform and involve people of the parish to meet the needs of the parish and community.  The goals and objectives of the Committee are:

This committee encompasses the areas of Human Dignity (Pro-Life), Peace and Justice, Social Awareness, Welcoming, Outreach Efforts, etc…


Deacon Bill Nickum, Chairperson                  410-479-0991





Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an interdenominational group working to eradicate sub-standard housing in Caroline County.  Members work with partner families to build houses that are paid for by the partner families through interest-free mortgages.  Members work on the houses, work with partner families to instruct on facets of home ownership, and are involved in fundraising efforts to buy building supplies.  An annual Yard Sale held at the Family Life Center to benefit Habitat.




Human Dignity

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “Each person, from the moment of conception, possesses a ‘spiritual and immortal soul’, destined for eternal life.  Thus one human life is more valuable in God’s eyes than all other created things combined.”  

The mission of the Human Dignity Committee, as an offshoot of Social Concerns, is to instruct the parish and wider community about issues, legislation and teachings that effect the dignity of all human persons.  This committee encompasses the areas of Pro-Life (Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Issues) and Peace and Justice (as they relate to subhuman living conditions, slavery, acceptable working conditions, etc…). 


Dick & Margie Palazzolo, Chairpersons                       410-822-7129


Samaritan House/St. Martin’s Barn

“…Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:31-46

The first three corporal works of mercy are to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and clothe the naked.  Two community havens that carry out these mandates on a daily basis are St. Martin’s Barn in Ridgely and the Samaritan House in Denton.  Under the guidance of the Social Concerns Committee, our parishioners support the ministries offered by St. Martin’s Barn and Samaritan House through volunteer manpower, donations of food and clothing and monetary support.  It is through the assistance of these ministries that many in need in the wider community are supported in times of need.  



ST. MARTIN'S BARN  -- Dick Palazzolo, St. Martin's Barn Contact            410-822-7129



Operation Rice Bowl

Each year during Lent, our parish participates in Catholic Relief Service’s Operation Rice Bowl program.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the U.S. Catholic Bishop’s response to the needs of the world.  It educates people and societies to be self-sufficient through food/education exchange programs.