Our Mission: Rooted in Catholic social teaching and impelled by love, the Social Justice Commission of St. Angela Merici seeks to promote justice as the way to peace, uphold the dignity of every person, and foster solidarity and respect for the poor in our community and the world. We hope to achieve this through prayer, reflection, education, advocacy, and action on various social justice issues.
The Social Justice Commission of St. Angela Merici holds four general body meetings per year, discusses literature on relevant social justice topics at book/article club meetings, and works on various service projects throughout the year. SJC meets in the Parish Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of September, November, February, and April. The Commission also collaborates with other groups within the parish and with the Social Concerns group of our parish cluster partner, St. Christopher Parish. More details about our regularly-occurring activities are below, and this year, we're also partnering with Habitat for Humanity's Faith Build to rehab two homes in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. We are always looking for new ideas, and new hands and new hearts to accomplish our mission.
To get involved with SJC, contact Leah at leah.struchen.deans.
FIAT (Faith in Action Together) advent weekend of service
Latin for Mary's "yes" to God, FIAT at St. Angela Merici stands for “Faith in Action Together.” FIAT is our parish’s way of saying "yes" to God's call to serve those in need. This annual weekend of service brings together hundreds of SAM parishioners serving the community in numerous ways during the first weekend of December. Opportunities to reach out to those in need are offered throughout Cleveland, Fairview Park, and right at St. Angela. FIAT serves about 20 agencies including kids in foster care, nursing home residents, homeless families, low income men struggling with healthcare, survivors of domestic abuse, refugees, pediatric patients and their families, at-risk youth, and first responders. Sign-ups begin in November through the bulletin.
St. Colman Neighborhood Meals
Four times a year, St. Angela Merici hosts a free Saturday meal at our Church in the City partner, St. Colman, www.stcolmanparish.org, located at W. 65th Street and Lorain Avenue in Cleveland. On Saturday afternoon, SAM volunteers set up, serve, and clean up dinner at St. Colman. Other St. Angela parishioners contribute baked goods and raffle prizes. The meals, funded by SAM and prepared by parishioners who are food professionals, are often themed around holidays or seasons. Themed raffle prizes are also awarded to dinner attendees.
St. Angela also helps to keep St. Colman's "take-a-book" library well-stocked with donated books, and magazines, especially children's books.
Please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 779-5115 if you would like to get involved by serving on Saturday, providing baked goods, books, or raffle prizes.
Lenten Soup Supper
In the spirit of Lenten sacrifice, the Social Justice Commission hosts a soup supper during Lent. All are invited to share a simple meal of soup, salad, and bread, and to hear speaker. Attending this meal is a great opportunity to be reminded of our common journey throughout the Lenten Season.
Shortly before the start of the Advent Season, the SAM Ladies Group sets up giving trees in each of the church's three vestibules. The trees contain paper ornaments asking for donations for local agencies and persons in need. The Ladies Group partners with SJC to recruit volunteers to call local organizations, trace and cut out ornaments, decorate the trees, then sort and deliver the donated gifts.
To Get Involved
If you are interested in being a part of the Social Justice Committee, please contact SJC secretary Leah Struchen Deans at leah.struchen.deans or by phone at (814) 397-2401.