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.
Our Outreach Activities Include:
Blessed Sacrament Supper Program
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Downtown Community Forum
The Downtown Community Forum originated at St. Mary’s Church in 1985. The forum provides an opportunity to explore important issues and exchange ideas in an ecumenical, nonpartisan, democratic and value-centered setting.
A year-long program that offers an overview of contemporary social justice issues. Just Matters is a shorter six-week program that focuses on a single issue at a time; immigration and prison reform are examples of these issues.
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.