hands-charityThe Christian Service Commission reflects on how Catholic Social Teaching might be lived out most fully in our parish and creates and promotes programs which address human needs and ways to achieve justice locally or globally.  Yearly emphasis is put on a Catholic Social Teaching principle by means of the Illumination Series during Advent.  The Commission focuses on the following areas:

Justice and Peace: fostering and promoting a faith-based social action agenda through the life of the parish relying on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Health Advocacy: combines two objectives: (1) to seek out health needs of parish members and mobilize parish resources and (2) advocate for full inclusion of persons with disabilities in parish life.  Within the Health Advocacy Committee we have three registered nurses trained as Parish Nurses.  These women serve as resources and advocates for the needs of parishioners.

Life Issues Committee: raising awareness of the various issues related to the respect for and dignity of all life. 
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Outreach Opportunities

Visitation of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: Parishioners visit our local area assisted living and nursing facilities weekly and offer Communion services to residents.

Visitation of Homebound: Homebound parishioners receive weekly visits and Communion in their homes.

All Saints Soup Kitchen: Volunteers prepare and/or serve lunch at the All Saints Soup Kitchen in Detroit.  This is a bi-monthly event and is announced in the Connection and on our website at www.stcyprian.com.

Fair Trade Sale: Sponsored by the Justice and Peace committee, this sale gives parishioners an opportunity to purchase products of artisans and farmers from developing regions worldwide in order to promote solidarity and economic justice.

Food Pantry: Non-perishable food and household items are collected and distributed to needy families and persons every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 am.  During the holidays, special baskets are also distributed.  In the summer months, we maintain a Parish Vegetable Garden to provide fresh produce.

Holiday Giving Tree: The parish participates in purchasing Christmas gifts for area families in need.  Names and requested gifts are placed on the Giving Tree to be selected by parishioners; wrapped gifts are then brought to the parish on a specific weekend for distribution.

Plastic Bag Recycling Program: Plastic bags are collected and prepared for a recycling process.

USDA Food Distribution: The parish is the city of Riverview site for monthly USDA food distribution

 

For more information on any of these ministriescontact the Christian Service Department

at 734-283-1366 ext. 114.