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Social Concerns Ministry
  • Social Concerns Ministry

    • “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Are you looking for ways to to Help those in need this Christmas?  Our Diocese has some ideas here:


    The Social Concerns Ministry would like to thank everyone who participated in our Lumen Christi Day of Service – all 74 of you!!

    We found the Light of Christ in 8 agencies across Franklin County.  God smiled on us with very beautiful weather.  The day was perfect in many ways and the 5:00 Mass was the crowning jewel.

    One day, of course was not nearly enough time to help these agencies with their work.  There are many opportunities available so below is a list of where we served, their addresses and phone numbers.  Please consider volunteering as an individual or family.

    Alvis - 2100 Stella Court Columbus, OH 614-252-8402 (immediate need for volunteers)

    Bishop Griffin Center - 2777 E. Livingston Ave 614-338-8220

    Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 240 N. Wilson 614-364-7029 (COTR also sponsors the builds so call the parish for more details)

    New Albany Food Pantry - 79 N. High St. (COTR coordinator 614-822-9441)

    Heinzerling Foundation –  1800 Heinzerling Dr. 614-272-8888 x649

    Shepherds Corner – 987 N Waggoner Rd. 614-866-4302

    Run the Race – 880 S. Wayne Ave.  614-882-2334

    Furniture Bank – 118 S. Yale Ave. 614-545-3838

  • When Do We Meet?

    Meetings vary depending on the schedules of our participants.  Please email emcnellie@bakerlaw.com if you would like to be placed on the emails announcing meetings.  Or, see the bulletin for times and places for future meetings. 

  • About Our Ministry

    Social Concerns exists to support, through engagement, education and prayer, existing and future activities within the Parish and our greater community that provide for the social and corporal needs of others.  We support those activities that follow the principals and themes of Catholic Social Teaching–dignity of the human person, call to family, community and participation, rights and responsibilities, options for the poor and vulnerable, the dignity of work and rights of workers, solidarity, and care for God’s Creation.

    Our members are involved in various activities, including Bryden House, Habitat for Humanity, Little Dresses of Love, International Hospitality, Adopt A Highway and Respect Life and many more. 

    We meet regularly to coordinate our activities, support each other and find new opportunities to love and serve the community. We also provide opportunities to enrich the knowledge and understanding of social issues. Ministry leaders also provide e-mail notifications to help parishioners learn about the activities that interest them.

    We are mindful of the dignity and sacredness in of all of God’s creation, and the many different ways we can live our faith and make a difference in the lives of others. Guided by Catholic Social Teaching, we follow the principals of Prayer, Learning, Service and Advocacy.

     

    Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

    • Dignity of the Human Person. We are called to ask whether our actions as a society respect or threaten the life and dignity of the human person.

    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation. We are called to support the family, the principle social institution so that people can participate in society, build a community spirit, and promote the well being of all.

    • Rights and Responsibilities. We are called to protect the rights that all people have to those things required for a decent human life, such as food, clothing, and shelter.

    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. We are called to pay special attention to the needs of those who are poor.

    • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers. We are called to protect the basic rights of all workers: the right to engage in productive work, fair wages, private property, and the right to organize, join unions, and pursue economic opportunity.

    • Solidarity. We are called to recognize that, because God is our Father, we are all brothers and sisters, with the responsibility to care for one another.

    • Care for God's Creation. We are called to care for all that God has made.

     

    All are welcome in the Social Concerns Ministry and there is no specific time commitment. You may join any meeting or activity that interests you, or share a topic may interest others. If you would like to share the joy that comes from serving others, the Social Concerns Ministry is the place for you.

  • Links to More Information

    Catholic Relief Services:

    www.catholicrelief.org/

     

    Columbus Diocesan Office for Social Concerns:

    www.colsdioc.org/Offices/DeptforCatholicCharitiesSocialConcerns/SocialConcernsOfficefor.aspx

     

    To Receive Action Alerts from the Columbus Diocesan Office of Social Concerns:

    www.colsdioc.org/Offices/DeptforCatholicCharitiesSocialConcerns/SocialConcernsOfficefor/JoinTheNetwork.aspx

     

    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

    www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm

     

    To Receive Action Alerts from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

    www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/capwiz/