Justice and Outreach

St. Peter focuses on four (4) key social justice themes:  Immigration & Refugees, Education & Opportunities for Youth in at risk neighborhoods, Shelter & Housing and Race Relations. In each of these areas, St Peter Catholic Church has ministries that, through our faith, take action.

Immigration/Refugee Initiatives 

“Dignity Has No Borders” Jesuit Migration Network Meeting Looks at Migration on a Regional Level read here:  http://bit.ly/2hBWf3r
Important!   Senators Lindsay Graham and Richard Durbin have introduced a bill: The Dream Act of 2017 (S. 1615). It is a bipartisan effort to protect immigrant children who entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. The Catholic bishops of the U.S. have asked Catholics to support this bill, “As Catholics, we have long supported DREAMERS as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of children.”
By clicking on to the Justice for Immigrants link on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ website (jfi@usccb.org) you can send an email to Senators Burr and Tillis urging them to co-support this bill. https://justiceforimmigrants.org/category/statements/    Write your letter today!

Pope Francis launched the “Share the Journey” campaign in which he invites us all to “Share the Journey” with refugees and migrants around the world. The focus of the campaign is to see through the eyes of others rather than turning a blind eye.  In the words of Pope Francis, “Not just to see but to look. Not just to hear but to listen. Not just to meet and pass by, but to stop. And don’t just say ‘what a shame, poor people,’ but allow ourselves to be moved by pity.”
REFUGEES
It is a core Catholic teaching that every human being is created in the image of God and is therefore entitled to dignity and respect. The Catholic Church views assisting those in need as a fundamental Christian duty that is derived directly from the life and mercy of Christ, who himself was a refugee. As Christians, we are called to welcome our new neighbors with the same love and compassion we would want ourselves to be shown in a time of persecution. We must remember that refugees from all over the world are sent to our communities and are fleeing danger, exploitation and persecution.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REFUGEE AND AN IMMIGRANT?
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. An immigrant is someone who voluntarily leaves his or her country in order to improve the prospects for themselves and their families. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) is one of nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States that assists refugees and advocates for the refugee community. Through a cooperative agreement and grants with the federal government, USCCB/MRS works in coordination with Catholic Charities and other partner agencies around the United States to welcome and ensure that the basic needs of each arriving refugee are adequately met.

JESUIT CALL for an END TO IMMIGRATION RAIDS in the USA  To keep up with justice issues around immigration, refugees and poverty, see:  info@confrontglobalpoverty.org.

Jesuit Refugee Service provides education for children: Education for All act  and   http://jrsusa.org/news 

web_Border_wall The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) began in January 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico. It is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.  Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:

  • Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants; This video explains how the mission began… https://youtu.be/RG3qzRzlqTE
  • Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;
  • Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
    https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/

Read an interview with Jesuit Father Sean Carroll, exec. director of the Kino Border Initiative at this link
Jesuit Refugee Service produces videos to tell the stories at the Kino Border Initiative  -watch  https://youtu.be/1pVcnAXw8z0

Education and Inspiring Youth
Druid Hills Academy Partnership
UPDATE ON DRUID HILLS STATUS:  Under the recent student assignment program approved by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board, Druid Hills will remain a pre-K-8 school for the foreseeable future. Our partnership committee believes this is a good result for the families of Druid Hills compared with some of the plans that had been proposed. Thanks to all who voiced their thoughtful opinions to the school board and the school district’s  superintendent. We feel that our voices were heard.

Our partnership is looking for additional volunteers in several areas:
Do you have an hour a week to spare? We need reading tutors for second-graders and tutors in all subjects for middle-schoolers.
Do you fondly remember your days as a Girl Scout?  We need volunteers — regular or occasional  — to help with Druid Hills’ troop of Daisy scouts.
Are you free for lunch twice a month? We are looking for lunch buddies for students.
Do you have an evening to spare? We could use help with special events such as Curriculum nights, Bingo nights, or the Parent Resource Fair.
Do you like to organize? Come help with our teacher supply drives or book drives!

We have these and many other volunteer opportunities, for as much or as little time that you have. Please email druidhillspartnership@gmail.com or Suzanne Wittebort at swittebort@hotmail.com for more information.

Shelter and Housing
Homeless Relief
Parishioners from St Peter volunteer with  Urban Ministry Center, McCreesh Place and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte  in support of “Housing First” – citywide initiative to end homelessness   ENDING CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS   In response to this initiative, volunteers from our parish join St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in moving homeless families into their permanent homes through Supportive Housing Communities.

Race Relations
Opportunities to build relationships among races and cultures.   Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church and St Peter have hosted community dialogues and youth service learning projects.
In January 2018, our Kennedy Lecture will feature Bishop George Murry, Chair of the Racial Justice Committee of the US Bishops.

 

Information for Volunteers
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with St. Peter Catholic Church.  As a volunteer, we all have a role in protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The USCCB and the Diocese of Charlotte has adopted policies and procedures to safeguard those whose care has been entrusted to us. Click below to access the policies and forms required to volunteer in our parish.

Volunteer Packet
The Volunteer Packet includes important forms: the volunteer profile, background check release, and acknowledgement of receipt of the Diocesan Code of Ethics and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
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Please send signed forms to business@stpeterscatholic.org

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