Justice And Peace

 

 

 

Justice and Peace

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." Matthew 25:35-36

 

The Catholic Church of St. Mark and the Catholic communities at large enjoy a long tradition of service to the poor and the promotion of justice. Our ministry is guided by the Church’s "Catholic Social Teaching" (ref: USCCB website) and the "Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching":

 

Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
Rights and Responsibilities
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
Solidarity
Care for God’s Creation

 

We currently sponsor and support many outreach and service programs, some of which like our food pantry, operate year-round, while others, like our Christmas Giving Tree program are seasonal. Our ministry is always in need of committed volunteers to help. 

The Justice and Peace Ministry committee meet on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7pm. For more information about the ministry, please contact our Chair, Joyce Gridley at 675-6486 or by Email .

 

PLARN

plarn2Join volunteers Thursday mornings in the Great Hall from 9:30 till 11:00am as they turn unwanted plastic bags into bedding for the homeless. No experience required, we will teach you. No commitments and no meetings to attend, just gathering together to work on making PLARN, mats, and sharing community with each other. Interested but not able to come on Thursdays? Help is also needed in bag preparation which can be done at home. for more information please contact Christine McGrath 757-233-0790

 

 MONTHLY MINISTRIES

 

Each month we focus our efforts on a specific need / issue in our community. Reaching out to those in need and providing many volunteer opportunities for our parishioners.

 

January- C.A.S.T.

February- C.A.S.T.

March- Healthcare

April- Volunteer month/ "Ministry of Choice"

May- Respect Life

June- Yard Sale

July- Yard Sale

August- School Supplies

September- Winter Clothing Drive

October- Winter Clothing Drive

November- Thanksgiving Food Baskets

December- Christmas Giving Tree and Food Baskets

The following list highlights some of our current ministries and outreach programs:

C.A.S.T.: Provide overnight winter shelter for the homeless in Chesapeake for one week, Wednesday to Wednesday, along with meals, resources, security and fellowship. Contact: Karina Turkiewicz, 479-2220; Maribeth Baumgartner, 287-9631.

 Catholic Worker Breakfast Line, Norfolk: Every Thursday morning, a group of parishioners meets pre-dawn in the parking lot of St. Mark's, to travel to Sacred Heart Church in Norfolk they prepare and serve breakfast for the homeless. Thursday's meal is coordinated by St. Mark's volunteers. Contact: Lita Razon, 467-3936; Mary Ann Collins 615-5140.

 Christmas Giving Tree: Collect gifts of clothing and toys to help in need parishioners and families served by Catholic Charities, Samaritan House, Community Services Board and Refugee Resettlement helping them have a merrier Christmas. Contact: Pat Bernier, 575-5211

 Feed Our Neighbor: Parishioners volunteer to prepare and serve a meal at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, three to five times a year. Food supplies are donated by parishioners. Contact: DJ Bradley, 390-4142; Bobbi Drewiske, 749-0107.

 Food Pantry: Collect and distribute food to individuals requesting assistance Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 am to 11:15 am. The program operates out of St. Mark's own food pantry, which serves hundreds of families a month at the busiest times of the year.

Contact; Lorie Stephan, 343-7784; Anne Galler, 467-5194

Haiti Twinning: Work to build relationships, share spiritual and material resources through our formal "twinning" with Maison Fortune Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti. Contact: DJ Bradley,  390-4142.

Holiday Baskets: Collect food items at Thanksgiving and Christmas to provide in need parishioners and families served by Catholic Charities, Samaritan House, Community Services Board and Refugee Resettlement with a special holiday meal. Contact: Nancy Hewlett, 721-9049

Prison Ministry: Program is largely built around visits to Deerfield Correctional Facility celebrating a Mass and conversations with the Catholic inmate community. The visits are usually every other month. Contact: Deacon Mike Johnson, 479-1010