The Social Justice 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 Outreach 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 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm–8:00 pm in Pastor’s Hall. Current members are Jim (Chair) and Carol Klauser, Marvin and Sherry Buhr, Terri Christoffersen (Parish Pastoral Council Liaison), Christine Kirpes, Don Leonhart (Vice Chair), Pat Schmitt (Secretary), and Sean Lokmer (Staff Liaison). New members are always welcome.