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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:
Establish a parish information action program designed to promote Christian Service.
Respond to social issues and human rights.
Provide direct service and/or goods to persons in distress or victims of human injustices.
Provide education on Social Justice and human rights issues and concerns.
Cooperate with the Diocesan Dept. of Catholic Charities in achieving goals on social issues as articulated by the Bishop.
To be aware of proposed state and national legislation affecting social issues and actively supporting efforts towards reform.
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
NEWS OF NOTE
CAN you help? Help support Caroline County Habitat for Humanity through your donation of aluminum cans. Our last batch of cans (313 lbs.) netted over $200 towards the building of local Habitat homes. Continue to place your aluminum donations in the “can houses” – one is located in the alley behind the Church Hall (next to the small tan/green shed) and the other is located at the back corner of the St. Elizabeth Church parking lot. And, thank you for your past & future support!
To be aware of Catholic social justice issues and how you can affect them, log onto:
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.
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.
SAMARITAN HOUSE --
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.