Social Concerns Ministries are rooted in our baptism call and invite all parishioners to reflect how do we live our faith in caring for God’s creation
Saint Anne has several ministries and organizations working, caring, and developing projects within the arena of Social Concerns. These ministries and organizations are here to confidentially help our parishioners and beyond with issues of dailiy living as well as enlist helpful resources. These programs also reach out to help people worldwide, nationally, statewide, and locally in our community. Much of this outreach is through programs in which religious education students, youth ministry, parishioner organizations, school and volunteers come forward to give of their time and talent to tackle an issue of “mission work”.
Faithful Citizenship – The process leading up to elections hits us every year as we vote for president, senators, representatives, governor, majors, etc. It is therefore appropriate for the Church to invite and encourage Catholics to full participation in the political process. Saint Anne Parish is non-partisan and does not support, endorse or oppose any political parties or any candidates for office. Read More ….
Baby Bottle Fundraising – Baby bottles are distributed to parishioners to fill with pocket change – coins, cash or checks – to help all women facing an unplanned pregnancy, and safe a baby’s life. Saint Anne Parish thanks you in advance for your faith-filled support of life. Proceeds collected are used by local pregnancy care centers to provide crisis pregnancy counseling and material assistance to mothers in need. Read More ….
The Social Concerns at Saint Anne serves many needs of our parish community including
- Food Pantry – With the generosity of our parishioners St. Vincent De Paul Society assists families with supplemental groceries almost every day as well as an Annual Food Drive in the church and school.
- Hunger Walk – The Youth Group promotes and participates in a walk for the end of hunger. The pledges are in form of non perishable food that is donated to the local Soup Kitchen.
- Sandwiches for the Poor – Saint Anne School Fifth Graders students make sandwiches for the local soup kitchen. Students are cognizant of the needs of those who many times don’t have food.
- Annual Angel Tree – During Advent St. Vincent De Paul collects Christmas gifts for several families. Each year St. Vincent De Paul distributes gifts for families bringing smiles and the joy of Jesus’ gift to children, whose families have a limited or minimal income.
- Recycle Team – Saint Anne School students work together in a Recycle Team. Once a week the students collect paper for recycle in all classrooms and offices of the school.
- Homeworks Mission – The youth of the parish spends a week in Fayetteville, South Carolina. The teens help many householders to repair their houses, fences, garages, and gardens. They even built ramps for the handicap.
- Baby Bottles – The prolife ministry collects money for pregnancy centers. The funds are mainly used to educate mothers and put them back on their feet.
- Family Promise – working with several local churches, our congregation promote participation in this ministry. It provides meals and overnight services periodically throughout the year.
All parishioners are invited to participate in any project or ministry work. Check the bulletin for ongoing programs information. New idea, interests, and questions are always welcome! There is much more to be done.
If you are interested in developing a ministry with Social Concerns in mind, please contact the Pastor.
NETWORK - Network is a progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 30 years. Through lobbying and legislative advocacy, Network strive to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence. Since the founding in 1972 by 47 Catholic sisters, NETWORK has been faithfully answering the Gospel call to act for justice. Read More ….