Outreach and Social Justice

St. Peter focuses on four (4) key social justice themes:  Immigration & Refugees, Education & Opportunities for Youth, 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 

Senators Lindsay Graham and Richard Durbin have introduced a new 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!

Father Shea offers this Refugee Prayer to our community.

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: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo. 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.

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
Many of those targeted for deportation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), have valid claims to humanitarian protection in the United States but lacked adequate legal representation or were fast tracked through legal proceedings without basic due process guarantees.  (see Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and U.S.-based Jesuit law schools involvement in advocating for legal representation of children in migration and asylum proceedings)

On the right side of this page, you can click on the list of organizations serving the Charlotte area and the broader international community. Each group has a page where you can find details and a contact name/email address.

Education and Inspiring Youth
Druid Hills Academy Partnership
WE DID IT! Our book drive exceeded our goal of 1,000 books for Druid Hills students by collecting 1,200 books! Each student will be receiving at least one new book of his or her own to take home.

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. In addition, the possibility was raised that the school could perhaps become a STEM partial magnet in the future. 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.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for leaders for Druid Hills’ Daisy Girl Scout Troop next fall. The troop just completed a very successful first year and is growing in membership. If you are interested, please contact Joanne Shea at joannesh@carolina.rr.com.

Shelter and Housing – ending homelessness
Homeless Relief

Housing First  presentation by Caroline Chambre Hammock, Director of Urban Ministry Center HousingWorks Program, and St. Peter parishioner TOPIC:  “Housing First” – citywide initiative to end homelessness by 2016   ENDING CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS IN 2016   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. This ministry accepts furniture and household donations for pick up, moves in, decorates these homes and  provides the first meal for these deserving families.  For more information, contact Betsy Chapman at homelessreliefministry@gmail.com.

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.


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.
Please send signed forms to Kim Kucinski at kkucinski@stpeterscatholic.org