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.

THIS MONTH:

Social Justice Ministry is sponsoring: Criminal Justice Zoom events examining the criminal justice issues of mass incarceration and offender re-entry while considering the racial disparities in our judicial systems.

Join us for a discussion of director Ava DuVernay’s Academy Award-nominated documentary film,"13th". A discussion of the movie will take place on Thursday, November 4th @ 7 pm via Zoom. Participants should view the film ahead of time on Netflix or on YouTube https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8.
Register here for the Zoom link.

Click here to learn more about the film and review the discussion guide from Catholic Prison Ministries: https://www.catholicprisonministries.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/13th-Study-Guide-FINAL-1.pdf

Barriers to Re-Entry
The second event will be held on Thursday, November 11th @ 7p via Zoom featuring a guest speaker that has experienced firsthand the difficulties of re-entry into society after being incarcerated in the Mecklenburg County jail. We will also discuss the sheriff's office’s Re-Entry Support Services (RESS) initiative.
Register here for the Zoom link.
Participants are welcome to attend one or both of the events.


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

The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States reflects on our Gospel call to promote the common good in the public square. Download the PDF Here


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Catholic Charities will begin receiving refugees from all over the world in the next few weeks. In the words of Pope Francis, let us focus on “towards an ever wider ‘we’”. The St. Peter Refugee Mentoring team will be working with Catholic Charities to welcome these refugee families. Interactions with the refugee family depend on their circumstances and needs but can include tutoring children, helping all family members learn English, introducing them to different activities in Charlotte, interpreting documents and just helping them feel comfortable with their new country. Martha Schmitt leads this team.

Refugee Resettlement: Catholic Charities Refugee services. Volunteer opportunities link>>

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS/USA)

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


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:
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.



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