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 the main menu for current programs and opportunities.
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.
Migration & Refugees:
Pope Francis asks us to become more aware of what is happening to our Earth, as well as to the ever-increasing toll it is taking on humanity. How do we prepare for the new era proclaimed by Jesus? As we ask ourselves these questions, let us prepare for a more meaningful celebration of God coming into our world at Christmas See our blog at this link>
Advent Calendar - 24 days (start Dec. 1 with this one)
Prayer for Guatemala Hurricanes continue to batter Guatemala. Poverty (and poor government planning) are making things worse. America magazine
SHARE THE STORY – Check out We Don’t Walk Alone – a storytelling exhibit from JRS/USA - or listen to this testimony from Dying to Live: Stories from Refugees on the Road to Freedom.
Click here to see a SHORT VIDEO about "Why It's Important to Advocate for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees?"
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>>
- 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>>
The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in June 2020 that the Trump Administration cannot carry out its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 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.
IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT MIGRANTS.
It’s about building the City of God and man
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>>.
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.
Food, Shelter & Housing:
Charlotte Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Food Boxes and turkeys for those less fortunate in our community (instruction sheet)>>
Contact: pam.b[email protected]
See their website link for buying a turkey https://charlotterescuemission.org/give-2/
- Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region>> - Fall 2020 Build
Get to know new Habitat homeowner Tesh Tesfay>>
Due to Covid restrictions, there is 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]
- Homeless Relief Ministry>> collecting furniture & homewares
- Loaves & Fishes Uptown- food pantry>>
- Roof Above: Men's Shelter N. Tryon>> & Urban Ministry Center>> Now joined as "Roof Above"
Blessings and Hope for Richard - a St Peter neighbor living at Moore Place
A letter from his long lost daughter Spectrum News story>>
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>>
Kennedy Lectures at St Peter Catholic Church
- VIDEO of Bishop George Murry, SJ at St. Peter 2018 Kennedy Lecture "The Times demand it, the Gospel demands it: Confronting the Sins of Racism" (Bishop Murry died on June 5, 2020 of leukemia-May he rest in peace).
- VIDEO of Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ at St Peter 2017 Kennedy Lecture on kinship
Care for all Creation:
Full 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 blog at this link>
Journeying with Youth: to assist in educational and career opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods
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>>