The Charity & Social Justice Commission is a group organized within the Parish Pastoral council that assists the Council by developing pastoral plans and policies in the areas of Christian service and social action. The goals of the Commission include providing education to the parish community regarding the social mission of the Church so those members understand both charity and justice are essential in living out the Gospel.
The Commission is an umbrella organization encompassing a wide variety of social justice related committees and programs such as Family Promise. This organization provides lodging and meals for three to five homeless families with children (up to 14 People) for one week every two or three months. the Commission meets on the second Monday of each month in the Resource Center Vincentian Room at 7:30 p.m. Parishioners are welcome to attend meetings or join the membership at any time.
Human Trafficking Awareness Program
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in conjunction with the City of Cleveland will be presenting a FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Human Trafficking Awareness Program on Monday, January 30,2017 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda at 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114.
Program Highlights include: US Attorney Carole S. Rendon; FBI-Cleveland Office; OAG Northeast Ohio Trafficking Task Force; Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy, Social Service Agencies and more - with Youth Presentations by the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center; Youth 360, Lakewood H2O “Help to Others” Program; Social Advocates for Youth; and Bellefaire JCBB.
February 8: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.
On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.
In the words of the committee chairman for migration, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S.: "If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference."