Life, Peace & Justice

Life, Peace & Justice Committee

Our faith impels us to defend the gift of life from conception till natural death, through all its different transitions. That is why this committee works to create a greater appreciation for the life of the unborn, the orphans, the unemployed, the poor, the elderly, the immigrant, etc. We do outreach ministry in all its stages.

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Belize

Our parish; through partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, serve the poor and marginalized people of Belize.  Cross Catholic Outreach’s mission is “Delivering food, shelter and hope to the poorest of the poor,” while at the same time advancing Catholic evangelization.

During the Lenten Season, the Belize Mission Committee campaigns for donations in order to fund four main projects supported by SJN Catholic Parish.  The projects are: 1) the education of Indian/Mayan women, 2) providing food for the elderly through H.O.P.E. (Helping Older People Equally), 3) scholarships for six girls to attend Pallotti High School in Belize City, and 4) home repair projects in the town of Punta Gorda.  Donations can be made by using the special envelopes that are located in the pews during Lent.

Additionally, to help the participants with their travel costs, the committee also sells raffle tickets each year--raffling great prizes for parishioners to win.  If you are interested in donating monies and/or interested in participating in our annual Mission Trip to Belize, please contact the church office.

As part of the Life, Peace & Justice ministries of the parish, since 2009 we have established a partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach by which we sponsor self-help projects in Belize. By doing so we seek to respond to our baptismal calling to be missionaries not only by contributing from a distance with our monetary donations but also by becoming personally involved with the lives of the poorest of the poor. Every year our community embarks on the Lenten journey thru the Divine Mercy Sunday to pray and give to the Belize projects we support. All are encouraged to join in our annual Mission Trip to Punta Gorda, Belize. During these years an average of 12 people per year, young and old, have shared in the exciting calling to minister face to face with our brothers and sisters in the Lord. The Pallotine Sisters offer us a warm welcome in their Nazareth Retreat House. The end result is that we come back convinced that we have received from them so much more than we gave. The parish has been most generous in rallying around this cause which is foundational in the life of the Christian.

Down below you can find a synopsis with some pictures of our latest mission trips. Enjoy!
— Father O

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


St. Vincent de Paul Society

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The St. Vincent de Paul Society is an international Catholic organization of lay people, founded in 1833. The society is under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul and derives its inspiration from its members, to help those who are in need, to relieve suffering and to provide a Christian outreach to our neighbors. Services include visiting the poor in their homes, providing food from the church food pantry, and assistance with emergency partial payments of utility, rent and medical expenses. We are mainly dependent upon the support of our fellow parishioners. Our doors are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am till 2:00pm.

POC - Bill Coad; (210) 654-9511

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is an organization that provides lunch meals to homebound people. Anyone who is homebound is eligible to receive meals, regardless of income. Meals are prepared fresh daily by Christian Senior Services and delivered hot each day, Monday through Friday. Delivery time is 10:30am - 1:30pm Volunteers from St. John Neumann deliver the daily meals. To contact Christian Senior Services, please call (210) 735-5115.

POC - Sue Miller

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.


Northeast Senior Assistance (NESA)

St John Neumann Catholic Church is supporting NESA through an annual donation, as well as through parishioners’ willingness to unselfishly volunteer their time to assist NESA participants. The purpose of NESA is to help home bound individuals 60 years of age and older to live independently with dignity and a positive quality of life. Some of the services provided by NESA are escorted transportation to and from your home for medical appointments, grocery shopping and delivery, telephone reassurance, handy-helper services, socialization at special events, and information and referral services. 

If you would like assistance through the NESA program or would like to volunteer your time to assist a NESA member, please contact the church office.