Monthly Update

Social Justice Ministry

Candice's Connections

I've been thinking a lot about all the children in the world. My nieces in Brazil. Not being able to dance samba in the street. My nephew in Boston. Not being able to go to school and play with his friends. No church and Sunday donuts. No hugs from grandparents. When routines are taken away, children notice something is wrong. I wonder if they are scared from the images on the news.

Then I saw a Minnesota mom's post about her little girl that has an autistic brother. His anxiety was high when he saw the news and noticed a change of routine. His sister, 6, took his hand and said, "God did not give me a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind." She made him repeat it until he was calm.

I have a lot to learn from this special 6-year-old. We might not be able to hold the hands of our loved ones. We can pick up a phone or email each other. And that's exactly what I saw our parish do this week. It's why St. Charles is so special.


Relationship Building

The Social Justice Ministry has seen interest in areas of affordable housing, homelessness, cultural relationship building, recycling, immigration, and supporting our elderly community. On relationship building, there's interest in reaching out to our youth, NAYA, MACG, small businesses, local restaurants, and the Dignity Village. Obviously we can't do everything, but seeing the outpouring of support is truly a gift for our Social Justice Ministry.

So where do we start? I've already reached out to NAYA, MACG, and I'll look into the Dignity Village. We already have 5 parishioners interested in heading a recycling program. I'm on an advisory Committee on homelessness with MACG. And I will attend Multicultural meetings and hopefully vice versa. Our GIFT formation will help guide us as well.

We'll have to get creative in building relationships with our community. I'm realizing a lot of our partners are homebound like me. Now is a time to keep communications open. Our community will need us after the coronavirus is contained.

Works of Social Justice and Charity

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Called to Make a Change

At GIFT this March, we explored how we are called to respond to our community and make it a better place. If you want to know more about GIFT, click here.

(see videos below)

The Danger of Silence - Clint Smith

Called to Make Change - Candice Hiatt

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. “

St. Charles Church

Candice Hiatt

Social Justice Ministry

MACG Monthly Housing Meeting

Thursday, March 26th, 1-2:30pm

This is an online event.

Metting will be through Zoom.