... "We seek to build evangelizing communities of faith, justice, and solidarity, where believers are challenged to bring God's love, justice, and peace to a world in desperate need..."
Communities of Salt and Light, 1993
National Council of Catholic Bishops
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AIDS ministers are committed to serving those living and dying with HIV/AIDS, their families and caregivers.
Environmental and Global Concerns
With the motto: "Justice for People, Justice for the Earth", this committee seeks to foster greater awareness of the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life. Their outreach extends to our sister parish in Lima, Peru; Nairobi, Kenya and Haiti.
An emergency needs organization. E.S.C.A.P.E. is supported by the civic community and member churches. It assists citizens in need with rent, utility expenses, food, and other necessities in Carroll and northern Howard counties. We also participate in a bag lunch program about six times a year.
This committee seeks to keep abreast of legislative issues. It brings to the attention of the community those issues which fail to uphold gospel justice, challenging members to take appropriate action to let their voice be heard by our political leaders.
Men's Prison Ministry
Those involved in this ministry lead religious services, and bring dignity to men who are imprisoned at the Central Laundry Facility. Services are held Saturday mornings and evenings.
Our Daily Bread / Shepherd's Table / H.E.R.O.
In this ministry persons help many who are hungry and homeless in Baltimore City and Carroll County by preparing, delivering meals and/or serving meals at the above locations.
Beyond the Boundaries Ministry
This ministry assists parishioners in looking beyond our parish needs and taking a regional approach to issues that confront us. It deals with racism, drug and alcohol addiction, education, transportation and housing issues. These topics of concern were raised during our parish surveys. A study group called Beyond the Boundaries is offered each year to help educate the parishioners. Part of this ministry is a 30 week formation process called Just Faith. Fifteen people each year have the opportunity to form community as they study and explore the implications of Catholic Social Teaching.
Respect Life Ministry
Convinced of the value and dignity of human life from conception to natural death, respect life ministers help to educate the parish about a Consistent Ethic of Life, assist parents of unborn children with support so that they will choose life, and seek to improve the quality of life for persons who are elderly, handicapped, or imprisoned. The 8:30 AM Mass on the second Sunday of each month is offered for life.
Gabriel Project: Those ministers who serve in the Gabriel Project assist and support parents who are faced with an untimely pregnancy, so that they may choose life.
The Sharing Fund Ministry
Members of this committee formulate policies and make decisions for the equitable distribution of the parish funds allotted for persons who are in need and for organizations working for systematic and structural change in our society. Each year approximately $20,000 is contributed toward these worthy causes.
Women's Prison Ministry
Those involved in this ministry lead religious services and faith sharing discussions with the women inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup. This group keeps us connected to the marginalized members of the Body of Christ.
St. Vincent de Paul Ministry
Volunteers meet with community members who have financial emergencies and administer assistance in a variety of ways. Hours are Tuesday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM and Thursday, 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
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