Social Justice

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What does the Lord require of you?
To do justice, to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with our God.

–  Micah 6:8

The mission of social justice ministry at Lumen Christi is to promote the Gospel message of justice and charity in our service to our parish, neighborhood and world community.

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About Us

About us

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching

Current Issues

Ford Plant Redevelopment – Join with Lumen Christi parishioners, members of the Highland Park community, and city, state and other officials as we create a vision, based on our values, of the Ford Plant site for the 21st century and beyond!

Dorothy Day Revision – Homelessness in Saint Paul has increased and the Dorothy Day Center has reached a breaking point. Catholic Charities, the City of St. Paul and  partners have a plan to create a more dignified way to serve our neighbors: the Revision.

Ending Youth Homelessness – Join with Catholic Charities as they work toward ending youth homelessness.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform – Know the Catholic position! – Immigration reform is a critical issue facing our nation today.  The importance of advocating for just Immigration Reform is a matter of faith grounded in our Catholic experience as an immigrant church and the  respect of the human dignity of our immigrant sisters and brothers.

 

Respect for Life Committee

The Lumen Christi Respect for Life Committee will serve and assist parishioners and the community at large in providing prayer, education and information about life issues pertinent in our society.

 

Outreach Ministries

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We work in conjunction with several social service agencies to provide Christmas gifts to needy families.

Families Moving Forward
FMF’s mission is to provide shelter for families with children.  Lumen Christi provides Host Coordinators to organize 6 committees.  Each hosting event, for two weeks in January and July, uses about 100 parish volunteers.  Each volunteer has a defined and important part to contribute for the families who will stay at Lumen Christi.  Volunteers are needed to set up and take down rooms, serve breakfast and dinner, donate food for bag lunches, entertain young children and families in the evenings, stay overnight and to wash linens after our guests leave.  This framework of shared responsibilities helps the hosting to run smoothly. Anyone interacting with families MUST be trained in VIRTUS.

Coordinators:

Nan Cedarblade, 612-889-8336 or email

Mary McDonell, email

Link to full FMF page

Families Moving Forward Coordinators 
Leading FMF is a 2 year commitment.  Typically there are 2 couples or 4 individuals that lead FMF and the terms end on alternate years. You would recruit volunteers on weekends before the session and be present half the evenings the families are at Lumen Christi.  You are the consistent person the families can count on and the contact with the Interfaith Housing Collaborative.

Families Moving Forward Subcommittee Coordinators
Communicate with your volunteers, help fill volunteer positions and trouble shoot for the volunteers in your area.

Food Collections
The first full weekend of each month is designated for food collections. Food and cash donations are appreciated.  Donations are sent to Francis Basket at Sibley Manor, run by Neighborhood House.
Your food donation plays a critical role in helping Neighborhood House feed over 16,000 families each year. A $22 donation feeds a family of 4 for one week!

Reasons to help the hungry video

Listening House Personal Care Items Annual Donation Drive
This collection is taken up the last 2 weeks of July and first week of August. Help is needed with advertising, sorting and delivering donations.
Brian Dusbiber, 651-698-8350, email

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We have 3 groups that serve meals 24 times a year at either Dorothy Day or at Faith Lutheran. At the Dorothy Day  Center, approximately 280 meals are served each session. At Faith Lutheran approximately 70-130 meals are served.

Contact Matti Osborne, 651-698-0708, email
Dorothy Day – serve on the 29th of every month unless this falls on a Saturday.

Looking for new coordinator
Dorothy Day – serve on the 2nd Wednesday of Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov
St. Matthews – Serve on the 2nd Friday of Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec

School Supply Collection
Coordinate and advertise annual school supply collection each August.
Michaela Bisanz, 651-698-5581 x117, email

Sister Parish:  Chimbote, Peru
The mission of the sister parish ministry is to support programs that improve and transform the lives of our brothers and sisters at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Chimbote, Peru through prayer, education, fundraising and witnessing trips to our Sister Parish in Chimbote, Peru.
Kassy Kenney, 651-690-3741, k.kenney@highlandcatholic.org

Reflections from parishioners who have visited and Friends of Chimbote website link.

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