Charity & Justice Commission

The Catholic Church  proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is  the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of  all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under  direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being  threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death  penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.  

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Gifts For Change

St.Patrick/St.Anthony Parish provides free space for vendors, who represent artisans and farmers from all over the world, with a venue to sell their products. All monies from the sale go directly back to the artisans.  This event also offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to connect with each other for the greater good of the community, while financing community-building projects.  

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Habitat for Humanity / Housing

Coordinates the parish support of the annual local Habitat Church build -recruiting volunteers and assisting with our parish's fund raising efforts.

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Operation Rice Bowl

Carries out the call from the church for fasting, almsgiving and prayer during Lent.  The money collected goes to Catholic Relief Services for distribution to the poor of the world.  1/4 of it is returned to our parish for our community food needs.  

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Catholic Resources

Catholic Resources:

The Vatican
USCCB - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
MCC - Michigan Catholic Conference
Diocese of Grand Rapids
Instagram #popefrancis

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Giving Tree

Sets up a Christmas tree on the altar with tags denoting gifts to bring to the tree.  These are divided and transported to needy children in our community in coordination with other Christian organizations.  

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Crop Walk

Encorages participation in the ecumenical "walk" for hunger coordinated thru Love Inc, Salvation Army and Peoples center.  First Sunday in October.  1/4 of funds collected support local hunger programs. 

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Advocacy / Education

Mission: To Coordinate services related to basic human needs and to advocate, educate and take action on social justice efforts in accord with Catholic Social Teaching.

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Caring for God's Creation

Educates and encourages members of the parish on our call to care for God's created environment.  A recycle drive is held during the Parish Festival, a native plant garden is maintained and recycling efforts are made known to our parish.

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Migrant Outreach

Strives to build relationships with the workers coming to our area through one-on-on visits and helps with sacramental preparation.   Ministry also ensure the newly arrived have sufficient food and other needs to become safely established here.  

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Haiti Twinning & Haiti Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the Haiti Committee is to support our sister parish of Sts Simon and Jude both financially and with prayer.

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Jail Ministry

Members of St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish join members of other Catholic parishes of Ottawa County

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Sanctity of Life

Promotes life from birth to natural death, including education and advocacy regarding the death penalty, stem-cell research, abortion, natural family planning, assisted suicides and end-of-life issues.

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Job Seekers

Educates and encourages members of the parish on our call to care for God's created environment.  A recycle drive is held during the Parish Festival, a native plant garden is maintained and recycling efforts are made known to our parish.

 

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Christian Service Partners

Supports and coordinates services with our community Christian service organizations including fund raising, educational events, awareness opportunities and assisting those in need in our community.  Bell-ringing at Christmas time, attending fund raising events and assisting with each others outreach programs are examples.

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