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Social Concerns Commission

Grounded in social justice education and inspired by prayer, the Social Concerns Commission seeks to make a difference in the world by offering parishioners service opportunities in the areas of direct action and social change.   CONTACT US

 Monthly Meetings

Social Concerns’ monthly business and educational meeting: Held the second Thursday of each month in the Parish Office conference room beginning at 7:00 PM.

Holy Land committee meeting: Held the fourth Saturday of each month. The group works to build awareness of issues facing Christians in the Holy Land and to enhance our relationship with Good Shepherd Parish in Jericho. Participants meet in the Parish Office beginning at 9:15 AM.

Annual Events

Fair Trade Fair (November) Each year, venders representing both local and international interests gather to sell clothing, jewelry, handbags, toys, food and more. All items are produced under fair trade guidelines ensuring that the laborer receives a fair wage while supporting environmentally sustainable practices.

Parish Day of Service
(spring) On a common date, parishioners volunteer to serve at a variety of charitable organizations throughout the Cleveland/Akron area. Activities include painting, cleaning, organizing, providing meals, and entertaining seniors. (The next Parish Service Day will occur on April 25, 2015)
 
Christmas Giving Tree (Nov/Dec) Parishioners select gift tags and purchase items requested by local charitable organizations. (In 2014, more than 900 gifts were distributed to needy children and adults.)
 

Collections/Fundraisers (throughout the year) Funds and/or personal items are collected to support local Veterans, Maggie’s Place, Womankind and Good Shepherd Parish in Jericho, West Bank.

Service Projects

Cleveland Foodbank: Third Wednesday of each month (6:00 – 8:00 PM). A small group of parishioners sort and repackage food. (Advance registration is required and car pooling is available.)

 

Maggie’s Place: Third Thursday of each month. A small group of parishioners provide a meal and interact with the residents and staff of Maggie’s Place. (Advance scheduling is required).
West Side Catholic Center Women’s Shelter:
Fourth Saturday of each month. A small group of parishioners provide a breakfast service for up to 36 women and children. (Advance scheduling is required).

 

The Metanoia Project: Weekends during the months of November through April Parishioners provide and serve dinner for up to 100 homeless individuals. Service is provided at St. Malachi. (Advance scheduling is required).

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Cleveland Food Bank:                                  www.clevelandfoodbank.org
The West Side Catholic Center:                     www.wsccenter.org
The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland:     www.hungernetwork.org
 

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United Nations: www.un.org
Ugandan Children Human Rights: www.invisiblechildren.com
Immigrant Issues: www.justiceforimmigrants.org

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InterReligious Task Force:            www.irtfcleveland.org  
Revive Fair Trade Shop:             http://www.revivestore.com   
Ten Thousand Villages:
              http://www.tenthousandvillages.com
Esperanza Threads:                  http://www.esperanzathreads.com

Canaan Fair Trade:                   http://www.canaanusa.com

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Catholic Charities Health & Human Services (Cleveland Diocese): www.catholic-action.org 

This site provides links to two significant resources; The Diocesan Social Action Website (providing current legislative information, social justice resources and events in the Diocese of Cleveland) and the Council on Global Solidarity Website. 

Catholic Relief Services:                   www.crs.org  
US Conference of Catholic Bishops:    www.usccb.org  
Catholic Conference of Ohio:             www.ohiocathconf.org  
Charity Navigator:                           www.charitynavigator.org

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US Conference of Catholic Bishops www.usccb.org
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation www.hcef.org
Friends of Sabeel-North America www.fosna.org

 

Parishioners from our Cluster Parishes visited the Holy Land on June 11 through 25. They visited our partner parish in Jericho — Good Shepherd Church, along with many of the Holy Places . One of our Pilgrims, Elaine Fechko of St Matthias, has created a flickr web site. Visit this site to get a sense of the reality and beauty of these sacred places where Jesus walked!

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Womankind (maternal and prenatal care center):
216.662.5700 (Garfield Heights, OH)  www.womankindcleveland.com

 

Cleveland Pregnancy Center:
www.clevelandpregnancyhelp.org

440.243.2520 Berea, OH 
216.631.6468 Cleveland, OH   

Alternaterm Prenatal Clinic:  216.371.4848
(Cleveland Heights, OH)