St. Elizabeth Catholic University Parish

Community Outreach Group

The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. It includes the following:

We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity
of the human person.

(Please see for more info - http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm)

The Community Outreach Group does its part by helping members of the community in need. We coordinate with other organizations who share our mission, and work together for the betterment of all people in our community.

MEETINGS

Our meetings are held as needed on the third Thursday of the month at 6:15pm in the Conference Center on the northeast corner of Broadway and Ave X.

We are always looking for new members to help us better serve those in need. Everyone is welcome to join us in serving the Lord by focusing efforts on these various opportunities:

ONGOING ACTIVITIES / ITEMS REQUESTED

  • Collecting items for and packing personal care bags to be distributed at a local soup kitchen. We need toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, razors, Band-Aids, combs, feminine hygiene products, etc. These items should be new and unused, and dropped in the collection basket in the Narthex.
  • Attending SPHC (South Plains Homeless Consortium) meetings to learn more about poverty in Lubbock and to respond to particular needs identified there.
    http://spconsortium.org/
  • Supporting Catholic Charities with donations of new or gently used items for clients and/ or for sale at their Resale Center. This includes non-perishable food items, household items, and clothing.
  • Supporting PFADP (People of Faith against the Death Penalty, Lubbock) by attending prayer vigils followed by peaceful witness on the evenings of scheduled executions of death row inmates. These are held from 5:45-6:15pm in front of St. John UMC on University Ave at 15th St. Please see our Facebook page.
  • Supporting local organizations, such as Restoring Hope, which aids the homeless and Open Door, which runs a Day Shelter to give the homeless a break from the streets.
    We collect gently used adult T-shirts, blue jeans, and walking shoes are always helpful. Items needed for the winter months include: rain ponchos, gloves, boots, blankets, sleeping bags, warm socks, etc. Summer months: sunscreen, insect repellent, brimmed hats/caps, lip balm, re-useable drinking cups, bottled water.
  • Supporting Threads for Teens – Lubbock, a clothing ministry to local high school students. We are currently asking for uniform items for Cavazos Middle School: Polo shirts, no designs, solid color navy, gray, or black. Bottoms (can be slacks, capris, shorts or skirts) khaki only, no oversized pants.
  • Providing food and on-site support to Family Promise, which supports homeless families with children, giving them a safe haven while providing practical guidance towards self-sufficiency. St. Elizabeth is a support church for St. John United Methodist Church. During our rotation with St. John, we are responsible for providing a meal, evening hosts, and overnight hosts on Wednesday of the scheduled week. (Learn more at http://getconnected.volunteerlubbock.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=4001)
  • Supporting Nurturing Center through donations of new or gently used baby items such as diapers, wipes, clothing, strollers, etc.
  • Distributing CRS Rice Bowls during Lent to benefit the hungry in Lubbock and around the world.
  • Co-sponsoring parish fellowship activities, including the "Week of Peace and Justice," usually held in October.

WE ALSO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING:

Christ the King School with BoxTops for Education to buy educational supplies.
Bayless Elementary with notepads, calendars, bookmarks, maps, and stickers for a Kindergarten class.
Deacon Pete with religious articles for inmates.
Stockings for the Troops with old or unused Christmas cards to decorate stockings for the Troops each year.

Any donated items should be placed in the round, wicker basket in the Narthex of the Church.

We are also in need of financial support to help cover our expenses. The Community Outreach Group, under the name of Social Justice Committee, is part of the St. Elizabeth online giving webpage. We hope that you will consider helping us with our efforts to bring comfort to those in need. Please visit the donation page at https://stelizabethslubbock.weshareonline.org/. Donations can be made one-time, weekly, or monthly, and can also be mailed to the Church Office at 2316 Broadway Street, Lubbock, Texas 79401. We are grateful for all support!

If you have any questions please call Beth Pressley at 789-9002, and check us out on Facebook.
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