The term “social justice” can conjure different meanings for different people. While there is certainly a level of study and advocacy that can be involved, on a day-to-day basis it is simply service to those who are poor, vulnerable and in need.
In addition to the programs outlined here, we also accept donations during the holidays for food baskets and Christmas items for parishioners who can use extra help at this time of year. We also accept donations of hats, mittens, and coats during the winter months.
For more information on social justice activities, contact our parish office at 585-271-7240.
Mercy on the Margins: A Pilgrimage to Observe the World Day of Poverty
For millennia, people have made pilgrimages, opening themselves to epiphanies that may come along the way. Although traditional sites and well-worn paths across the globe still compel seekers to travel far distances, faithful people can also walk as pilgrims in familiar, local places. A posture of receptive awareness to God’s presence in our midst may transform a regular walk through the neighborhood into a revelatory encounter. Sharing questions and insights with our companions, we find our way as disciples. To walk as disciples is to journey into the heart of our world. Paradoxically, this means going to the margins and bearing witness to places and people along the periphery of our awareness. The heart of the pilgrimage will be visits to two sites not far from St. Mary’s Church. These pilgrimage stops aim to inspire or disturb, embody a paradox, and/or represent dimensions of the devastation and reclamation faced by marginalized people and the city. Come walk and reflect with us. (Limited to 10 people.)
Date: Saturday – November 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM—1:00
Place: Gather at St. Mary’s Church in the Dugan Center.
Attire: Please dress to be outside and appropriately for the weather. We will walk about 1 -2 miles total.
Pilgrimage Leader: Deacon David Palma.
To Register: Call Deacon David at: 271-7240 OR email email@example.com
Calendar of Events Leading up to The World Day of the Poor:
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9:00 AM—1:00 PM @ St. Joseph’s Parish Ministry Center (43 Gebhardt Rd.) A two-part workshop: Part 1: Poverty Simulation: Could you survive a month in poverty? You are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by assuming the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. Part 2: A conversation about how to best meet people’s needs in a way that supports them on their journey out of poverty. Register by calling Marv Mich at: 546-7220 ext. 7021 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 13, 7:00 – 8:30 PM @ St. Joseph’s House (402 South Ave.): Roundtable discussion led by Catholic Workers on the importance and impact on their lives of working and living with the poor.
Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 PM@ St. Joseph’s House (402 South Ave.) and the House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.): An open house. There will be tours and an opportunity to ask questions. Snacks and refreshment.
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 PM@ House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.): An interfaith prayer service and candle light vigil praying for an end to poverty in our community, country and world.
Thursday, November 16, 6:00 – 9:00 PM@ St. Boniface Bowling Alley(15 Whalin St.) Come bowl, eat pizza and play billiards with the folks staying at St. Joseph’s and the House of Mercy. Free admission. A fun way of getting to know one another. Free admission.
Friday, November 17, 7:00 PM@ House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.): Come share your talents and appreciate others with an open mic night. The HOM will become a hip café for one night.
Saturday, November 18, 9:00 AM@The Dugan Center, (St. Mary’s): Mercy on the Margins: A Pilgrimage to Observe the World Day of Poverty. Register by calling Deacon David at: 271-7240 OR email email@example.com.
Saturday, November 18, 9:00AM – 5:00 PM@ House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.): Help keep folks warm this winter by dropping off winter clothing, especially warm socks, long underwear, hats and gloves.
Sunday, November 19, 11:30AM – 4:30 PM – First World Day of the Poor: The celebration begins at Washington Square Park with prayer and song. Then we will sing our way to the House of Mercy for a 12:15 Mass. Following the Mass, all are invited to stay for lunch and live music by Danielle Ponder!
Our Outreach Activities Include:
Blessed Sacrament Supper Program
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Monroe Avenue Farmers’ Market
The market is open Wednesdays from 4 – 7 p.m. from June to October in the Blessed Sacrament Church parking lot. Together with the neighborhood association, volunteers bring healthy, locally-grown foods within reach of urban neighborhoods. Click here to learn more.
This program, offered in conjunction with the Blessed Sacrament Supper Program, provides support for those trying to get back on their feet. Services include resume writing, options for affordable healthcare, and more. Contact Karen Yastremski at 585-747-2035, for more information or if you can volunteer your time and services to our clients.
The sale is an important outreach to city residents who may not have the finances or transportation to purchase new items from department stores and shops located in the suburbs. Learn more about the sale and how you can help!
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center
The Center is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, which provides comprehensive healthcare, counseling, adult education and social work to individuals and families who lack access to health insurance. Our parishioners volunteer at the Center, donate items that are needed for the Center’s outreach, and make financial contributions. Click here for more information or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.