Social Justice & Outreach

A vital part of our call as Catholics is to serve the poor and vulnerable among us. With that goal in mind, we have many ministries that reach out and touch our brothers and sisters in need.


Sandwich Makers for the Lazarus Day Center meet on the 7th of each month at 8:30 to make sandwiches for homeless men and women.  We meet on the 7th of the month at 8:30 am in the Social Hall.  This is a wonderful ministry to do with your school-age children.  Sandwich fixings are always appreciated too.  Drivers pick up bread and deliver sandwiches to downtown Seattle. Substitute drivers are always needed. Sandwich makers and sandwich fillings are welcome.

Respect Life Committee works to raise awareness of the unique value of every human life, from conception to natural death, seeing each person as God’s gift. We are involved in specific projects in the life of the Church. Important also is our continuing education and service to the church and in the community. Prayer life among us is top priority. You are invited to join us the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Common Room off the East Narthex in Church. For more information, contact Claudia Petursson.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads participants to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person outreach to those who are needy and suffering. Volunteers are needed to go on home visits to meet the people in need in their homes.   Volunteers always go in two’s as Jesus sent his disciples.   Contact Joe Baumann at jbaumann@tiaa-cref.org or Andrea Liggett.

Crossroads Meal Program provides a meal to low-income people living in the Crossroads Mall area on the first Thursday of every month. Volunteers help prepare the food in the Social hall kitchen and then deliver and serve the meal at the Salvation Army location in Bellevue. Meal preparation begins at 3:30 and the evening ends by 7:30. Homemade cookies are also needed to serve with the meal. Contact Wes and Julia Proudlove at jproudlove@cpahsa.com.

Taking Eucharist to the sick, elderly, and homebound. Contact Betsy Staal.

Rosary Makers gathers on the last Wednesday of the month to make rosaries for missions, prisons, soldiers and anyone else who need them.  All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.  Contact Carla Krekelberg at (425) 822-1911.

The Malawi Sister Parish Committee works to support our sister parish relationship with the Nguludi Catholic Mission in Nguludi, Malawi, Africa. Through sharing prayer requests, fostering mutual understanding, building individual relationships, exchanging parish delegations, offering financial support and implementing improvement projects, this unique covenant provides for a mutual sharing of faith, experience and culture among the members of the two communities. For more information, visit the Malawi website or contact Sharon Bastasini at sharon.sundance@gmail.com.

Social Justice Ministry was formed to reflect the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching in works of charity, justice and peace in our personal lives and in the life of our parish as collaborative partners in integration, evangelization and stewardship. We are called to advocate for social change for the common good and to preserve and protect the rights and dignity of all persons and of creation.


Seasonal Ministry

Advent Giving Tree is set up in the church narthex the weekend after Thanksgiving Day. Participants are asked to take a tag from the tree and bring back the Christmas gift indicated on the tag. These gifts are then distributed to various agencies, organizations and individuals who in turn deliver them to those in need in our community. For more information, contact Andrea Liggett.

Winter Shelter Meals From November through March two winter shelters are open on the Eastside to house men, women and children. Meals are needed for both shelters every night.  Contact Andrea or go to the sign up genius page for the shelter.

Catholic Advocacy Days Each year, in February or March, Holy Family parishioners join hundreds of other Catholics from around the state to go to Olympia and meet with our legislators.  We advocate around the most important issues that concern the care of the poor.  Transportation is provided and we begin with Mass at St. Michael’s in Olympia.  Contact Andrea Liggett.

Shared Blessings Meals Ministry looks for volunteers willing to cook for parishioners in need (i.e. new baby, illness, death in the family, etc.). Volunteers receive an email when someone is requesting meals, and can sign up for a date to cook and deliver a meal. There are no meetings to attend or long-term commitments to make. Just send email to Christina Jones at joneschristinamarie@yahoo.com.

 

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