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 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), June Markham, Pat Schmitt (Secretary), and Cyndy Logue (Staff Liaison). New members are always welcome.
Blood donors make a difference in the lives of local patients and their families! Please join us at our upcoming blood drive.
St. Pius X Catholic Church
Saturday, October 10th
St. Pius X School - Gym
Our blood drive will provide a critical resource that helps save lives at hospitals in Linn County. St. Pius X School can qualify for a LifeSavings Grant if we receive more than 20 donations.
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the blood drive!
Lisa & Jim Gignac, Don & Linda Leonhart, Sue May and Cyndy Logue
Volunteer Drive Coordinators