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

 

Our ministry is guided by the Church’s "Catholic Social Teaching" (ref: USCCB website) and the "Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching".  We currently sponsor and support many outreach and service programs, some of which like our food pantry operate year-round, 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 meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7pm. For more information about the ministry, please contact the Justice and Peace Committee using the form HERE

 

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/February - C.A.S.T.

March - Healthcare

April - Volunteer month

May - Respect Life

June / July - Maison Fortune Orphanage &Yard Sale

August - School Supplies

September / 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:

Advocacy: Each month with the aid and guidance of the Diocese we work to focus awareness on an area of advocacy via bulletin announcements, our bulletin board and activities. please contact the Justice and Peace Committee using the form HERE


C.A.S.T. (Chesapeake Area Shelter Team): Provides overnight winter shelter for the homeless for one week, Wednesday to Wednesday, along with meals, resources, security and fellowship. Contacts:  Karina Turkiewicz, 479-2220, Judy Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Karel Weztel at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 to 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, 390-7064; 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

Health Care: Throughout the year we provide important information on health issues and prevention information. During the month of March we work to provide special events and awareness on issues. please contact the Justice and Peace Committee using the form HERE


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


Maison Fortune Orphanage/ Garage Sale: We work to build our relationship, share spiritual and material resources through our formal "twinning" with Maison Fortune Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti. **We are currently working to rebuild our bond and revitalize our awareness in this ministry please contact the Justice and Peace Committee using the form HERE

Yard Sale: The yard sale is our main event each year that benefits the Orphanage. The sale is typically in late June or early July. This is a fun event for volunteers and helps both those who come and purchase items at a great price and our twin Maison Fortune Orphanage. Contact: Sharon Forni 467-4076


PLARN: Join 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. Contact: Christine McGrath 757-233-0790

Easter plarn mat
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

Respect Life: Throughout the year and a special focus during the month of May. We work to raise awareness and offer activities that reflect respecting ALL life from conception to natural death. Activities include our Baby Bottle Drive to support "Hope4Life", Baby Shower (Baby item drive) for Newborns in Need & Catholic Charities, visits to the elderly at Chesapeake Place, reflections from our Prison Ministry volunteers, advocacy items, and Memorial Day remembrance. Contact:  Lorie Stephan 343-7784
 School Supplies: During the month of August, we will collect and distribute school supplies to parishioners with school children in need, local schools, and others that are in need in our community.  Some items we will collect are notebook paper, pens, pencils, binders, folders, dividers, rulers, composition books, and other assorted school supplies. please contact the Justice and Peace Committee using the form HERE

Volunteer Month: During the month of April we work to focus on recognizing Volunteers; including all here at St Mark as well as those who volunteer in the community at large such as Schools, hospitals, EMS/EMT workers, and so many others. We host a Wine & Cheese reception for our St. Mark volunteers. For those outside our walls we bake goodies and deliver them with our heartfelt thanks for all they do to help others to area organizations in the community. For more information please contact the Justice and Peace Committee using the form HERE

Winter Clothing: During September and October we  collect blankets, jackets, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats for those in need.* We distribute these items to our guests at the Norfolk Catholic Worker Breakfast Line, the Migrant Workers on Eastern Shore, Blankets for the Homeless, as well as to other groups and people in need. For more information please contact the Justice and Peace Committee using the form HERE