Justice and Peace Ministry (aka) Social Outreach

The mission of this ministry is to respond to the needs of the poor, deprived, neglected, oppressed, sick and shut-ins of the parish and the community at large. This committee also helps parishioners become more aware of the social needs of the community.

Parish Outreach

Parish Partnership Program
St. Francis helps to support a mission church through The Catholic Extension Society.  The Catholic Extension Society provided funds to St. Francis with our new building and we are helping others in return.  Full circle stewardship.

  http://www.catholicextension.org/

Jesse Tree

Christmas is a season of giving, and we strive to share our many blessings with residents of our county who are less fortunate. Each holiday season, we identify five families in need of assistance, and we provide Christmas gifts for their family. Outreach volunteers erect a Jesse tree in the church foyer and decorate it with gift tags. Our parish members are asked to take one or more of the gift tags, purchase and wrap the gift, and place it under the tree.  The gifts are then sorted and delivered by volunteers.

Blood Drives

We sponsor Red Cross Blood Drives each year. Volunteers provide cookies and drinks for blood donors and assist as needed at the blood drive.

Bereavement

When there is a death or illness in the family, we all want to help in some way. This committee organizes support from parish members to provide meals, personal visits and contacts, prayers, etc. for those families who have lost a loved one or have a family member who is very sick or in the hospital. Volunteers are always needed to help provide food and/or visitations. The amount of time involved will vary depending on the circumstances.

Habitat for Humanity

Our deck crew has built many decks for the local Amherst Habitat for Humanity, house #27 was dedicated on November 15th, your donation AND labor can make a difference to one of your neighbors.

St. Francis Food Pantry

Give to the food pantry of your choice or donate non-perishable food item in our shopping cart located in the lobby.  St Francis provides food to families we support throughout the year.  Monetary gifts provide perishable items like milk, bread and eggs.

Amherst Senior Bingo

No not a fund raiser, we support Amherst County with Senior Bingo every Wednesday Morning for the Johnson Senior Center and the Senior Adults in Amherst County.  Your contribution of time, talent and treasure can provide a memorable experience for everyone who participates.

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