Faithful Citizenship Newsletter

St. Dominic's Social Action Committee - September 2019

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Friends of Immigrants Meetings - September 3 & October 1

All are invited to the next "Friends of Immigrants" Meeting taking place on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:00pm at Forest Hill Church in Cleveland Heights. "Friends of Immigrants" supports migrants and refugees locally in Northern, Ohio as well as at the US-Mexico Border. Join us to learn about this important issue and how you can support our sisters and brothers. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday evening of each month in rotation at St. Dominic, Forest Hill, and St. Pascal Baylon.

The October 1st meeting will be at 7:00pm in St. Dominic's Large Meeting Room. Bring a friend!

If you have questions about "Friends of Immigrants," please contact our Faithful Citizenship Immigration co-chairs, Anne Durette ( or Peggy Murphy (

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Discover the Risen Christ with Project Serve

Project Serve is St. Dominic's service organization! We offer a variety of service-based programming and volunteer opportunities for parishioners of all ages! Get involved to serve a hot meal, sort donations, tutor a child, visit an elderly neighbor, or break bread with our sisters and brothers in need. Discover the Risen Christ with Project Serve!

Registration required for these activities!

  1. Warrensville Developmental Center: Tuesday, September 3. Contact Tim Sokal:
  2. Matt Talbot Potluck: Saturday, September 7. Contact Kate Gill:
  3. St. Al's Meal Ministry: Tuesday, September 10. Contact Tim Sokal:
  4. Thea Bowman Center: Saturday, September 14. Contact Carl Massey:
  5. Ronald McDonald House: Saturday, September 14. Contact Susan Walters:
  6. Cleveland Food Bank: Thursday, September 19. Contact Mia Ruffing:
  7. St. Herman's House: Saturday, September 21. Contact Greg Kuta:
  8. Joseph's Home Dinner: Saturday, September 21. Contact P.J. Reindel:
  9. West Side Catholic Center: Saturday, September 28. Contact Toni LoPresti (Breakfast): or Adele Keim (dinner):
  10. Project Serve Families: Saturday, September 28. Contact Vanessa Coppa:

Project Serve Prayer

Lord, When I am hungry, send me someone to feed;

When I am thirsty, send me someone who needs a drink;

When I am cold, Lord, send me someone to warm;

And When I am sad, send me someone to cheer.

Lord, When I need understanding,

send me someone who needs my understanding;

When I need to be looked after,

send me someone for whom to care;

And when I think only of myself,

Lord, draw my thoughts to another.

Lord, Bless our time together at __________.

Help us to recognize that it is in giving that we receive.

Open our eyes to your presence through our shared time

with our sisters and brothers at Project Serve.

Finally, Lord, Grant me the grace to pray

as though everything depends on You;

And to serve as though

everything depends on me.


Storytellers Featuring Mr. Christopher Kerr

Storytellers is a St. Dominic ministry featuring civic, political, business, and religious leaders from our community offering stories of faith, family, work, and life. These stories weave hope, humor, and triumph together to inspire listeners. St. Dominic is pleased to welcome Mr. Christopher Kerr as our next Storyteller on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00pm in the Large Meeting Room. Chris is the Executive Director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a global non-profit that networks, educates, and forms advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of Ignatius Loyola and the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. Chris’s talk is entitled, “Seeking a Culture of Hospitality: Reflections from the US-Mexico Border.”

Do join us for Chris’s talk about social justice, immigration, border policy, and what we can do to help those on the margins.

As always, refreshments will be provided.

Open Wide Our Hearts: Moving Towards a World of Racial Justice

Join Bishop Perez and other Faithful Citizenship members for a listening session and a day of conversation addressing systemic racism within the Church and in the community on Saturday, September 28, 9:00am-4:00pm at John Carroll University's Dolan Center.

The day includes special breakout sessions on Advocacy, Institutional Racism, Forsakenness Theology, Understanding Personal Bias, Interfaith Collaboration, Encountering Christ in Harmony - An Asian Perspective, Journey of Hispanic Spirituality, plus more.

Registration required $20/person (students are free) by visiting

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Juma Cafe & Boutique Fundraiser benefitting El Salvador

Juma Cafe & Boutique is hosting a special fundraiser benefitting St. Dominic's El Salvador Mission Program on Sunday, September 29th. Juma is donating 10% of sales to the Educational Scholarships for Students of Chiltiupan (ESSOC) College Scholarship Program.

Save the date: the next Juma fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, December 15th.

Please visit Juma at 20100 Chagrin Blvd to support our mission program. Justice and Love in each cup!

Project Serve Service Fair - October 6

The annual "Project Serve Service Fair" is scheduled for Sunday, October 6 immediately following the 9:00am and 11:15am Masses. Stop by the Bishop Amos Center as representatives from each of our Project Serve partner agencies will be on-site sharing the Good News of the ministry. Learn about each location, ask questions, and register to volunteer with Project Serve!
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