Social Justice

Social JusticeThe Social Justice/Pastoral Care Commission responds to those in need, both in St. Pius X Parish, as well as, in the community at large. The Social Teachings of the Catholic Church are the basis of the commission’s activities. The fiscal budget is determined by the monies received from the parishioners in the “pink” envelopes and in the “coins” collected each weekend. The parish also supports many other outreach centers in the Cedar Rapids Metro area through financial and volunteer assistance. 

Social Justice and Outreach Commission Meeting Minutes -

March 2013          April 2013          May 2013          September 2013          October 2013          December 2013

January 2014       March 2014        April 2014          May 2014                   June 2014               October 2014

November 2014    January 2015     February 2015     May 2015                  August 2015            September 2015

October 2015       November 2015  January 2016      April 2016                September 2016        October 2016

 

Sanctity of Life Commission Meeting Minutes -

September 2013          November 2013          February 2014          April 2014          January 2015          May 2015

August 2015               September 2015

 

MCO

 

In February 2012, the eleven Catholic Parishes of the Cedar Rapids Metro area worked collaboratively to create and open Metro Catholic Outreach (MCO).  This center provides a food pantry, a call center for referrals and assistance, plus limited financial assistance for those in need in the Cedar Rapids area.

  Social Justice/Pastoral Care activities include Sanctity of Life Ministry, Jail and Prison Ministry, Parish Visitors, and Bereavement Support.  Besides weekly donations for the MCO Food Pantry, meals are prepared and served for Golden Age luncheons, Green Square Meals, Catholic Worker House, Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, and volunteer groups working with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity.  Other groups work on the Christmas “Giving Tree”, the annual Mississippi Valley Blood Drive and various service projects requested by Metro Catholic Outreach (MCO).

The commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm) in Pastor’s Hall.  Current members are Barb Kane, Jim and Carol Klauser, Cathy Soukup (Sanctity of Life liaison), Becky McCarville (Parish Pastoral Council liaison), Lisa Peloquin, Pat Ryan, Christine Kirpes, Mary Lou Saindon, Tami Mitchell and Julia Gannon (staff liaison).  New members are always welcome.