The 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.
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 Jim and Carol Klauser, Terri Christoffersen (Parish Pastoral Council liaison), Lisa Peloquin, Pat Schmitt, Christine Kirpes and Cyndy Logue (staff liaison). New members are always welcome.
Join this joint fellowship project between
St. Pius X Catholic Church and Faith Lutheran Church
Meal Packaging Event
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Hosted at Faith Lutheran Church, 155 Boyson Rd, Marion, IA 52302
Sponsored by Thrivent Financial
The day will begin at 3:00 pm with a joint prayer service
by Deacon Paul Zimmerman and Pastor John Albertson
- The packaging event will begin at 3:30 pm and will last until approximately 5:00 pm
- Each church will provide 28 volunteers to form a total of 4 assembly lines
- Volunteers are needed to help with set up at 2:30 and tear down at the end of the event
- Upon arrival volunteers must use a hand wipe to clean their hands and put on a hair net
- Volunteers will be instructed on proper procedures for filing, weighing and sealing bags. Each 13.8 oz bag contains six 1-cup meals at the cost of 25 cents per meal.
- Our goal is to package 10,000 meals to combat world hunger
- Snack and drinks will be provided for volunteers
- Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
- Click the link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0849ABA92FA7F94-take