St. Elizabeth Catholic University Parish

Social Justice Committee

MEETINGS

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

September 21, 2017 - We will prepare supplies for PCBs in December
October 26, 2017 - Granddaughter of Dorothy Day of the Catholic Workers movemnt will make a presentation in the Church.
November 16, 2017 - We will pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

Our next day to pack Personal Care Bags is Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 after the 11am Mass (around 12:10pm), in the Conference Center.  This usually takes no more than one hour.  Volunteers are always welcome!

Our King Jesus left behind all His riches in heaven to be born in a manger to a poor family. Perhaps Our Lord chose the humble manger as His birthing place to help us focus on those people who live in humble conditions. The Social Justice Committee seeks to stand up for those who are most vulnerable by doing community service projects to help the homeless and needy, and if necessary, mobilize on political issues.

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 different opportunities.

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

We will not hold monthly meetings during June, July or August.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

  • 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 dropped in the collection basket in the Narthex.

  • 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)

  • 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/

  • Distributing CRS Rice Bowls during Lent to benefit the hungry in Lubbock and around the world.

  • Supporting PFADP (People of Faith against the Death Penalty, Lubbock) by attending prayer vigils followed by peaceful demonstrations 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 Threads for Teens – Lubbock, a clothing ministry to local high school students.

  • Co-sponsoring parish fellowship activities, including the "Week of Peace and Justice," usually held in October.

  • 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.

  • We also support the following:
    Christ the King School with BoxTops for Education to buy educational supplies.
    Bayless Elementary with notepads, calendars, 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.
    Operation Christmas Child with shoeboxes filled with items for children.

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