Justice and Outreach

In the spirit and tradition of St. Ignatius, we live out our faith through justice and reconciliation. Members of St Peter serve our sisters and brothers of greater Charlotte who live on the margins, are forgotten or under served. God encourages us with discerning hearts to find how we can use our talents to share justice and His love with others. Click "Get Involved" on main menu for latest news and volunteer options.

St. Peter focuses on five (5) key social justice areas:  1) Food, Shelter & Housing;  2) Ending Racism; 
3) Care for Creation & Our Common Home;  4) Migration & Refugees;  5) Journeying with Youth.  

Care for Our Common Home & all Creation page link >>: 
Pope Francis asks, “What kind of world do we want to leave those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” 

Responding to Pope Francis' call to an integral ecology, St Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte joins the Jesuits worldwide in confronting the degradation of our environment and living conditions, especially effecting the poor. The parish Care for Creation committee invites you a journey for all ages that fosters a spiritual and practical response to our connection to God's creation.

See our weekly blog this month at this link>>

 

 

Join us for "Nuclear energy waste and climate change: A first hand perspective" on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm via Zoom.  Please Register Here  to receive the Zoom link. This presentation is by parishioner and nuclear engineer, Andy Kalchik. Join Andy for a better understanding of why he chose to study and work in nuclear energy and why he thinks nuclear energy is a good solution to climate change. He will explain what nuclear waste is and how it's handled. Finally, it concludes with a comparison between nuclear waste and waste from fossil plants, which are still the status quo. All energy produces waste. Listen for his conclusion and ask your questions.

 

Food, Shelter & Housing:

Blessings and Hope for Richard -

a letter from his long lost daughter Spectrum News story>>

 

 

 

 

 

Habitat for Humanity Update:

Get to know new Habitat homeowner Tesh Tesfay>>   
First, there will be no opportunity for individual volunteers to build on site.  Habitat crews will work on site. Update for Fall 2020 Build (flyer>>)
St Peter members can participate in the Charlotte Church Partner's 32nd home build with prayers, notes of encouragement, signs, and drinks/snacks.
During the build weeks, you may collect individually wrapped snacks (chips, crackers, cookies, granola bars, homemade goodies etc.), water and Gatorade.
If you would like to collect and drop off any items, please first contact Katie at Habitat  [email protected]

Read the latest report on Housing in Mecklenburg County>>

Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region>>  - 
New Information for Fall 2020!
Homeless Relief Ministry>> now collecting furniture & homewares
Loaves & Fishes Uptown- food pantry>>
Men's Shelter N. Tryon>> & Urban Ministry Center>>   Now joined as "Roof Above"

  • Feed the Hungry: Sign up>> to make lunches for Roof Above off-site shelter. The need is great.The link will give you information.
  • Help Deliver These Meals? The hotels housing the high risk unsheltered folks are in need of volunteers who assist with delivering meals to the residents. Volunteers still needed to fill a number of slots. The drop off practices CDC guidelines. Sign Up>> here.
  • Volunteer Delivery Drivers Needed for Loaves & Fishes expanding home delivery service to two days a week:  Visit their website volunteer calendar to sign up for deliveries and confirm assignments online at https://loavesandfishes.volunteermatrix.com/ . You will need a log in account. Look for “Delivery Driver” opportunities. Open opportunities are blue, and opportunities in red are full. Opportunities are added each week
  • Volunteer Opportunities>> in the parish and community

See the story about how these Jesuit symbol masks are helping NC Textile companies thrive>>

 

 



U.S. bishops urge immediate halt to federal executions - see story lin below:    
https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/09/22/us-bishops-urge-immediate-halt-federal-executions


Ending Racism>> click for full page


Parish wide book study of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by 
Fr. Bryan Massingale, Professor at Fordham University. The book is available Orbis Books, online or at local stores. After reading, we will host a discussion on October 22 at 7pm via Zoom to hear your reflections on the book and life experiences with race in society.  Sign up here to be a part of the discussion

 

In their pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Catholic bishops of the United States invite conversion of hearts, minds, and institutions in order to address the evil of racism that still exists in our communities. 
Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love>>  Catholic Resources
Racial Justice: The USCCB Study Guide>> - Pastoral letter and study against racism.   
VIDEO link to Prayer for an End to Racism in Our Communities
Diocese of Charlotte: Bishop Jugis letter link>>


Migration & Refugees:
 

Click here to see a SHORT VIDEO about "Why It's Important to Advocate for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees?"

  • Catholics are called to stand with immigrants and refugees as our brothers and sisters. This is who the Catholic Church is. This is what we as Catholics do. This is pro-family, pro-life.
  • Pope Francis invites us to be part of a culture of encounter as we welcome, protect, integrate, and promote immigrants and refugees in our midst.
  • Immigration is about real people who are trying to find a better life and a new beginning. It’s about more than statistics, it’s about families. As Pope Francis stated, “Each migrant has a name, a face and a story.”
  • Welcoming immigrants is part of Catholic Social Teaching and reflects the Biblical tradition to welcome the stranger.
  • The Catholic Church has been welcoming immigrants and refugees to the United States since the nation’s founding and has been integral to helping them integrate into American culture.

Pray for DACA>>
June 18 the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision that the Trump Administration cannot carry out its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While today’s ruling is a victory for DACA recipients, ensuring their continued ability to safely live and work in the U.S.,the DACA program was never intended to be a permanent solution. Here is a link to information which is important to know about the Supreme Court Decision.
We continue to call on Congress to act now to provide a permanent legislative solution that provides DACA recipients with protection from deportation and a path to citizenship upholding their inherent human dignity without putting others who are undocumented at increased risk of deportation. 

There are currently more than 70 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to political instability, violence, and other reasons. We must continue to stand in solidarity with our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters. 
See more at www.justiceforimmigrants.org>>

  "Building the City of God"

We work with Jesuit led organizations such as Kino Border Initiative and Jesuit Refugee Service, and locally with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement service. 
     Refugee Resettlement>> - Catholic Charities Refugee services. Volunteer opportunities link>>.   St.Peter liaison Martha Schmitt.
     Kino Border Initiative>> - Humanitarian aid, education and advocacy at the Arizona/Mexico border.  KBI in Nogales, Mexico and Arizona.  See this link>> for the presentation from parishioner Bill Aheron about the St Peter - KBI immersion trip. Want to help? Individuals can order items from the KBI Amazon Wish List with Instructions>> to have them sent directly to KBI's new center.

For more information on our Migration and Refugee Committee, please contact Martha Schmitt or Mike Warner.


Journeying with Youth:  to assist in educational and career opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods    

Druid Hills Academy Partnership>>


The Social Justice Ministry:
is a faith-centered group which meets monthly to pray, study, plan and act.  Our work is based on Catholic Social Teachings. Our current priorities are Improving Race Relations; Informing ourselves and the members of the parish on The Affordable Housing Crisis in Charlotte; and assisting Father John with Letter Writing Campaigns.

For more information contact Barbara Dellinger


We encourage you to engage in faith-filled service. The lessons we teach our children are through what we do as well as what we say...
Volunteer opportunities link>>

 

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