The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) discerned four priorities to focus on in the next ten years. These apostolic preferences are in agreement with the current priorities of the Church, and acting on them will "do what is for the greater divine service and the more universal good". Click on the image above to see a video (2:46) about the Jesuits' mission in today's world. The four Apostolic Preferences are listed here:
- To show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment;
- To walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice;
- To accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future;
- To collaborate in the care of our Common Home.
As a parish staffed by the Jesuits, St. Peter has aligned our mission with the Society of Jesus'. 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 are under-served. God encourages us with discerning hearts to find how we can use our talents to share justice and His love with others.
St. Peter focuses on four key social justice areas:
1.) Migration & Refugees - accompanying those who had to move due to war, climate change, and threats of violence.
2.) Food, Shelter & Housing - accompanying the poor, the outcasts, those denied dignity and a right to a decent life.
3.) Care for Creation & Our Common Home
4.) Journeying with Youth
The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States reflects on our Gospel call to promote the common good in the public square. Read more here
Saturday May 21 from 9 - 11 am
What is Integral Ecology? Watch this video! (11:00)
JUST IN! A resource to help the Ignatian family put Laudato Si’ into action with the tools of Ignatian spirituality.
In the words of Pope Francis, let us focus “towards an ever wider ‘we’”. The St. Peter Refugee Mentoring team is working with Catholic Charities of the Charlotte Diocese to welcome and mentor seven refugee families. Martha Schmitt leads this team. Here are some items needed by refugees - if you are able to donate, please contact Catholic Charities directly. Contact the CCDOC volunteer coordinator
- New sheets, unopened (twin bed sheets are priority)
- Car seats
- Funding: CCDOC has a $56,000 hotel bill to pay.
- Gift cards for groceries at places like Food Lion or Walmart.
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 for 3:40 Video
- Catholic Charities Food Pantry: The pantry is open on Tuesdays from 9 am to 12 pm to collect any donations.
- Loaves & Fishes: Loaves & Fishes is merged with Friendship Trays
- Room in the Inn - Tuesday nights December through March. Contact Glen McLaughlin, Jody Dawson Read our Room in the Inn's season summary here
- Soup kitchen and Shelters
- Roof Above - Ways to Serve
- Men's Shelter N. Tryon Volunteer Service: Men's Shelter of Charlotte & Urban Ministry Center are now joined as "Roof Above." For St. Peter Soup Kitchen volunteers information contact either
Moe Cieri at [email protected] for Urban Ministry site (monthly 3rd Saturday lunch) or
Joe Duke at [email protected] for the Men's Shelter on N. Tryon (monthly 3rd Saturday dinner).
- Homeless Relief Ministry: collecting furniture & home-wares
- Druid Hills Academy Partnership>> to assist in educational and career opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods
- Girl Scouts
- Teen Serve Week - summer (see Faith Formation)
- Faith Formation
The Social Justice Ministry: Contact [email protected].
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Serving the parish by studying systemic causes of injustice in society and presenting educational forums. A faith-centered group that meets monthly to pray, study, plan and act. Our work is based on Catholic Social Teachings. Current priorities are:
-Ending the Death Penalty: Monday, June 6 Webinar Catholics and The Death Penalty
Presenter James P. Cooney III, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson will tell the story of his work with death row inmate Alan Gell, who was wrongfully convicted and eventually exonerated after being in prison for nearly a decade. Deacon Clarke Cochran will help us understand Catholic teaching, and a Q&A. Sign up here to get the Zoom link for the 7 PM session https://forms.gle/NymGtkLQykCfjPGV7
First Friday Prayer Vigil https://catholicsmobilizing.org/resource/prayer-vigil-execution
-Improving Race Relations: Webinar held 2/28 "Open Wide Our Hearts: US Bishops' Pastoral Letter Against Racism" webinar recording link Use passcode to view: y6ia7Tg Read summary article here
-Criminal Justice Reform: Jesuit Criminal Justice Resources https://www.jesuits.org/our-work/justice-and-ecology/economic-criminal-and-juvenile-justice/;
If Congress Can’t Fix IT, What Can I Do? A Guide to Criminal Justice Reform https://youtu.be/MSAnIirC24k