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Charity & Social Justice

The Charity & Social Justice commission is a group organized within the Parish Pastoral Council that assists the Council by developing pastoral plans and policies in the areas of Christian service and social action. The goals of the commission include providing education to the parish community regarding the social mission of the Church so those members understand both charity and justice are essential in living out the Gospel.

Charity & Social Justice is an umbrella organization encompassing a wide variety of social justice related committees and programs that serve local, national, and international needs. The commission encourages all parishioners to get involved with one or more of the many worthy service ministries!

Committees include:

  • Cleveland Latin American Ministry (CLAM)
  • Family Promise
  • Respect Life
  • Thea Bowman

Parishioners are welcome to attend meetings or join the membership at any time! The Charity & Social Justice meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00pm in the Saint Mark Conference Center.

Lastet News and Updates:

A few months ago many of our parishioners donated requested household goods for Afghan refugees arriving in Cleveland. We filled nearly two dozen boxes with items that the families needed, from bedding and towels to pots and pans. These items helped families to begin their new lives in Cleveland. The Saint Rita Church Charity & Social Justice Commission sends out its grateful thanks for your continuous generous support of our neighbors in need!

Below is an update from the Diocesan Social Action Office weekly newsletter on April 25 regarding the Afghan refugees’ arrival:

Thank you! So far, Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) has resettled about 260 Afghan SIVS, with 60 more arriving between now and June. We are very grateful to all of the parishes that have reached out to help support our new neighbors as they have been arriving! Because of your assistance, our new Afghan neighbors have been able to save thousands of dollars from the precious little assistance money that they get, and have been able to use that money on other necessities like housing and food. MRS is currently seeking those who would be interested in accompanying and mentoring families who have come to our community from Afghanistan. For additional information, please call Andrew Mathay at 216-939-3759.

We invite you to visit one or more of the links below.  Each one can provide additional information, insights, opportunities and food for thought on many of the social challenges of our times. 

Catholic Relief Services
Family Promise
Thea Bowman Center
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops