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.

Justice and Immigration

Lumen Christi Immigration Statement Aug. 2018    Click here

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Teachings on Immigration    Click here

ILCM Fact Sheets about Immigration Issues in MN: https://www.ilcm.org/news-immigration-in-minnesota/

American Immigration Council: https://americanimmigrationcouncil.org/

Minnesota Compass: https://www.mncompass.org/immigration/overview

Justice Immigration Quotes

Parishioner Stories

Immigration Stories in the News

 

About Us

About us

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching

Issues We Have Worked On:

Ford Plant Redevelopment – Lumen Christi parishioners joined with members of the Highland Park community, and city, state and other officials to give input on the Ford Plant Redevelopment based on our values.

Dorothy Day Revision – Worked with Catholic Charities to study homelessness in Saint Paul and the plans for the new Dorothy Day Center.

Ending Youth Homelessness – Joined 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.

 

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.  David Miller, email

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We have 3 groups that serve meals 24 times a year at either Dorothy Day or at St. Matthews.

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

Dorothy Day – serve on the 2nd Wednesday of Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov.
Contact Mike Martin for this team.
651-699-4743, email

St. Matthews – serve on the 2nd Friday of Feb, Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec.
510 Hall Ave., West St. Paul
Contact Rick Santos for this team.
651-757-6078, email

 

Neighborhood House

Lumen Christi partners with Neighborhood House in support of their mission.  Neighborhood House seeks to assist new immigrant families and help those in need go from survive to thrive.  Our food shelf collections support Neighborhood House Food Markets. Food Markets are a point of contact to support people with other services.  Neighborhood volunteer opportunities include fresh food distribution, food rescue programs, preschool and after school assistance, tutoring, etc. Group activities are planned with other parishioners to build community and serve those in need.  Service can be ongoing or a one time event.  There are opportunities for individuals and families.  If you would like to get involved, sign up as a volunteer on the Neighborhood House site and note Lumen Christi as the group you are with.  You will be contacted when events come up and you can sign up for those that work for you.
Link to the Neighborhood House volunteer sign up