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.
St. Peter focuses on five (5) key social justice areas:  Care for Our Environment;  Migration & Refugees;  Food, Shelter & Housing;   Journeying with Youth; and Ending Racism. 


Caring for Our Environment:
     See our Advent Resources here

Responding to Pope Francis' call to care for creation, we join the Jesuits worldwide in confronting the degradation of our environment and living conditions. Our newest initiative as a parish is Care For Creation. This will include parish-wide programs for education, action and advocacy. Visit this RESOURCE PAGE for more information.  

The Annual Kennedy Lecture at St. Peter will feature author, moral theologian and social activist, Jesuit Father Thomas Massaro of Fordham University on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9:00 - 11:15 AM in the church.
 


Food, Shelter & Housing:
     
 Read the latest report on Housing in Mecklenburg County      

     Habitat Ministry  Home Dedication will be Dec. 7 at 10:00 am  Red Vest Way, Charlotte
     Homeless Relief Ministry  now collecting furniture & homewares

     Loaves & Fishes Uptown- food pantry
     
Men's Shelter N. Tryon   
     
Room in the Inn   Begins Dec. 3 - Tuesdays through March
     Urban Ministry Center   


Migration & Refugees:       
click on pictures to see the stories.  

What's Happening There (at the Border)?      What's Happening Here? How to help Charlotte Refugees and Migrants?
Initiatives that support the advocacy, education and direct service of migrants and refugees:  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.  For the 3rd year, a group from St Peter visited the KBI in Nogales,Mexico and Arizona. See this link for the presentation from parishioner Bill Aheron,liaison with KBI. Individuals can order items from the
     KBI Amazon Wish List with Instructions to have them sent directly to KBI.

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


Ending Racism:
In their new 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. 
Please open these resources:  Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, USCCB Issues and action.

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

 

Day of Service