Providing immediate help to those in need and promote structural change to eliminate the need for charity.
BECAUSE HE ASKS US
And the King will say to them...
whatever you did for the least of My brothers, you did for me.
Doing for the least of our brothers and sisters is the core of the commitment of the Charity and Justice Team at St. Mary Magdalen. We are involved in projects that present our friends and families opportunities to participate in organized activities that bring resources and hope to those who most need our help. We also focus on bringing about a more just society by striving to change the policies and structures that prevent people from living dignified lives and reach their God-given potential. We put a human face on the teachings of our church so that our parish family not only listens to God’s word but can find the means to truly live it.
Our Charity and Justice Team works with other organizations and congregations so that we can extend and maximize our combined efforts. We are actively involved in outreach programs that provide information, mentoring and leadership throughout our local communities. By joining us you will help to meet our goal of broadening our participation and provide support to the many who rely on our help.
The Charity and Justice Ministry Team plans and coordinates our parish's effort to reach out to those in need by providing assistance. Over the year they bring food to the needy, collect gifts at holiday time and collect clothes for those in need. They also are charged with the task of working to help the needy help themselves. This Ministry Team has about 10 meetings a year (on the second Tuesday of the month). Members who volunteer for this ministry make a commitment for one year.
Involves providing immediate help (the Corporal Works of Mercy) to those in need
Promotes structural change to address the causes underlying need and is based on the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Community and the Common Good
Rights and Responsibilities
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Dignity of Work/Rights of Workers
Stewardship of Creation
Constructive Role of Government
Promotion of Peace
Our ministry informs through articles in the Visionary, handouts found at the C&J table in our church’s gathering area, information on the Parish website and social media. We seek to provide a clear message of deeper understanding of these Church teachings so individuals can advocate for change in their daily lives. When a teaching so motivates individuals, we help organize events for group participation. These “calls for action” should be brought to our C&J monthly meetings for discussion and advocacy.
Opportunities to Serve
Are you looking for a service project? Would you like to help others in the Community? Charity & Justice maintains a list of opportunities to serve others. This list is posted in the church gathering area at the Charity & Justice table
Charity and Justice always has 6 to 10 projects underway to help those in need.
Here are a few of the ways that you can help:
Deliver food donations to food pantry in SE MI (1 – 2 hours)
Please let us know if you have a project we could include.
THE N.E.W. LIFE CENTER IS A FAITH-BASED ENVIRONMENT PROVIDING LIFE SKILLS, EDUCATION AND WORKPLACE TRAINING, EMPOWERING WOMEN AND MEN TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT.
We provide a safe environment for survivors of abuse and poverty. We give these individuals the access to learn and further their education with the help of our tutoring volunteers, along with teaching basic life skills to those who need it, encouraging them along the way and building their self-esteem, so that one day they become independent.
The Center For Hope
Things are staying busy here at the Center for Hope this winter. The Warming Center is open and offering shelter for those in need of a warm safe place to stay in out of the cold. Providing hygiene care to men, women, and children who spend so much time outside, or stay in homes without heat is vitally important.
The Center for Hope in Flint is in desperate need of Blankets and Winter Gloves for its Warming Center. They have up to 70 people staying each night at the Warming Center plus the people they serve at their Community Closet during the day. If you have any extra Blankets or Winter Gloves or would like to donate new ones, please put them in the Center for Hope boxes in the gathering area of the church.
For online donations, please visit: https://catholiccharitiesflint.org/center-for-hope Or send a check to:
Center for Hope
812 Root St.
Flint, MI 48503
Also looking for volunteers to help sort and hang donations in the morning,
Monday through Friday, from 9am to 12noon. Small groups are welcome.
If you are able to help, please contact:
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties
Center for Hope
810-265-7025 ext. 712
Additional help is needed and available in Livingston County through the Salvation Army
WHERE THERE IS A NEED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY YOU WILL FIND THE SALVATION ARMY. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH YOU, WE WANT TO ASK FOR YOUR HELP AND ALSO OFFER HELP TO THOSE IN YOUR CONGREGATION THAT MAY NEED IT.
How you can help the Salvation Army?
• Monetary donations accepted online www.SalvationArmyLivingston.org, dropped off at the office 503 Lake Street,
Howell or contact April Dertian at 517-295-4344.
• Pantry item donations can be dropped off at the no-contact box outside our office doors or ordered through
the new Walmart event registry site. On Walmart.com, search event registry, The Salvation Army LC,
shop our registry and it will ship right to our office.
• Other in-kind donations, contact April Dertian at 517-295-4344.
• Volunteer - visit www.SalvationArmyLivingston.org or call Darlene Howard at 517-295-4347.
How can the Salvation Army help you?
• If you or someone close to you is in need of assistance, please call 517- 546-4750, or visit the webpage for
specific areas of assistance such as utility, rent, food or shelter assistance