The Respect Life Ministry is kicking off the New Year with a drive for new shoes and sneakers for school age children (child’s size 12 to adult sizes).
This is often an overlooked need within communities. Many children within our county do not have proper footwear. The drive will be for one week, Dec 31st-Jan 8th. The shoes and sneakers can be placed in the clothing drive basket in the foyer of church. If you have any questions please call Mary Beth Hess at
(609) 351-2471. We would also like to thank the parishioners for helping to make our ongoing new clothing drive for children a continued success.
This constant need is for infant’s sizes to children’s size 12. Donations can be placed in the basket in the foyer.
Care for God’s Creation: Care for the Earth is not just an Earth Day slogan ...
...it is a requirement of our faith! Social Justice wants to encourage actions that are consistent with Laudato Si. One action that can make a difference is using a reusable grocery bag. The average reusable grocery bag used has a life span of more than 700 disposable plastic bags. (www.reusethisbag.som)
To help you make a change, each parish family will receive 1 reusable grocery bag in association with Earth Day—the Last weekend in April.
The Social Justice Committee in partnership with the Ladies’ Guild will be holding a Bake Sale at all Masses the weekend of February 15th and 16th. The funds raised will be used to purchase the bags.
Your support is needed! Each parish family is asked to donate baked goods on the weekend of February 15th & 16th. Bring your items (labeled) to the tables in the Social Hall before Mass. Then after Mass please come purchase a baked item. For more information about the committee contact Pat Lund: email@example.com.
Sacred Heart – Social Just Committee Little Free Library at Smithville Park On Saturday, Jan 11th, a Little Free Library (LFL) was unveiled in the Smithville County Park
The Social Justice Committee partnered with Smart Start and its pre-school programs by adopting a Little Free Library now located at Smithville Park. The Southport Rotary constructed the Little Free Library and Rotarians along with Mayor Hatem participated in this special event. Children were also present and, of course, lots of ice cream to share!
Smart Start, under the leadership of Executive Director, Helen Gabriel has two programs that promote reading for youngsters: Read in the Park and The First 2000 Days (commencing from birth to the start of Kindergarten—about 2000 days). From research, we have learned that infants and children need to be read to and engage in reading (turn the pages/enjoy the pictures) in their early years as their brains develop.
Social Justice’s job as “Literacy Leaders” is to tend the LFL, keeping it stocked with age-appropriate books. Donated books need to be reviewed prior to being placed in the Little Free Library. Kathi Culler will handle this for the Social Justice Committee. During the January meeting of the Social Justice Committee, a process will be developed for the parish to donate books to keep the LFL stocked. While other LFL’s have a “take one, leave one” philosophy, our Smithville Park library users/ children and their parents, grandparents and/or caregivers are free to take a book to read themselves or to a child.
Turning youngsters into Readers is necessary and fundamental. Reading is essential to step out of the cycle of poverty.
If you would like to get involved with this work, please contact Kathi @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will begin Collecting toys for needy children starting November 16th and 17th, concluding the weekend of December 7th and 8th. Please bring unwrapped items for children between the ages of one to 16 and drop them in the Commons at the area designated "Christmas for Children".
12-6-2019 - This is the last weekend to bring your gift - Please don't miss out!