Parish Social Ministry Resources

Service Spotlight:

​ When there is a need or call to actoin, our parishioners really pull through!  We originally recieved 91 pounds of non perishable ítems for the month of November, however, when we added the donations from our Thanksgiving Mass, an additional 88 pounds was collected, bringing our total up to 179 pounds!  All ítems were brought to the Christian Care Center right here in Lumberton, to help those in our local área who are less fortunate.  Thank you all for your support and generosity! As a reminder, there are Donation Boxes by the main entrance of the Church, and in the Gift Shop.  

Cuando hay una necesidad o un llamado a actuar, ¡nuestros feligreses realmente salen adelante! Originalmente recibimos 91 libras de artículos no perecederos para el mes de noviembre, sin embargo, cuando sumamos las donaciones de nuestra Misa de Acción de Gracias, se recaudaron 88 libras adicionales, ¡lo que eleva el total a 179 libras! Todos los artículos fueron llevados al Christian Care Center aquí en Lumberton, para ayudar a aquellos en nuestra área local que son menos afortunados. ¡Gracias a todos por su apoyo y generosidad! Como recordatorio, hay cajas de donaciones junto a la entrada principal de la Iglesia y en la tienda de regalos.


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Ways to Help:

Clothing/Food/Supplies for the Needy: Because Jesus identifies closely with the “least of these,” we must remain vigilant in our service to those in need. Please consider as part of your weekly offering any supplies, including non-perishable food, new or gently used clothing, toiletries, etc. is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.

What is Parish Social Ministry?

The parish is where the church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, of hope. They are where the gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. In addition, our parish communities are measured by how they serve “the least of these” in our parish and beyond its boundaries– the hungry, the homeless, the sick, those in prison, the stranger (Matthew 25:31). Our local families of faith are called to “hunger and thirst for justice” and to be “peacemakers” in our own communities (Matthew 5:6, 9). A church cannot really proclaim the gospel if its message is not reflected in its own community life. The biblical call to charity, justice, and peace claims not only each believer, but also each community where believers gather for worship, formation, and pastoral care. Parish Social Ministry is how our local parishes are organized to serve those in our midst and around the world in the areas of charity, justice, and peace. We cannot be truly “Catholic” unless we hear and heed the Church’s call to serve those in need and work for justice and peace. We cannot call ourselves followers of Jesus unless we take up his mission of bringing “good news to he poor, liberty to captives, and new sight to the blind” (Luke 4:18). The framework provided by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops asks us to examine each of the following areas in our local parishes with social ministry in mind: Prayer and Worship Preaching and Education Family, Work, Citizenship Outreach and Charity Legislative Action Organizing for Justice Global Solidarity

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St. Francis de Sales Catholic Parish of Lumberton, NC