Vatican Statement On Social Justice

By fulfilling their civic duties, guided by a Christian conscience, in conformity with its values, the lay faithful exercise their proper task of infusing the temporal order with Christian values. . . . The consequence of this fundamental teaching of the Second Vatican Council is that the lay faithful are never to relinquish their participation in ‘public life,’ that is, in the many different economic, social, legislative, administrative and cultural areas, which are intended to promote organically and institutionally the common good. —Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, no. 1

Social Justice Groups

C-4 (Colesville Council of Community Congregations)

C-4 (Colesville Council of Community Congregations) is an interfaith affiliation of congregations in the Colesville area that maintains a clothes closet and a baby closet of used items where residents in need can shop for clothing. Our Parish is responsible for recruiting volunteers for the months of November and April. Volunteer help is needed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to sort clothing and assist clients who come for clothing. Please donate clean seasonal clothing and baby and children’s clothes are accepted anytime during the year. Linens are needed as well as cribs and car seats that meet safety standards. There is a special need for Spanish speaking volunteers. Male volunteers are needed who can lift heavy boxes.

C-4  is located in the old Colesville Elementary School at 14015 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring.

Other places to donate clothing include the following:

Adventist Community Services

501 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-585-6556

Interfaith Clothing Center

751 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20851
301-424-3796

Food Pantry

Resurrection parishioners generously donate food on a regular basis to help our Parish maintain a Food Pantry which is held in the Parish Life Center. People in need of food who live in the following zip code areas: 20866, 20868, 20903, 20904, 20905 may call the Parish Life Center (301-236-5200) during office hours (8:00am to 4:00pm; Monday through Friday) to request 2 bags of food. Pick-up for the nonperishable food is on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am and 4:00pm. 

Donations are greatly appreciated!

For more information about the Food Pantry at Resurrection, please contact:

The Parish Office

301-236-5200

Here is a list of the food we collect:

Breakfast

instant oatmeal
healthy cereals

Lunch

Cans of soup, stew, ravioli, etc.
peanut butter
jelly

Dinner

macaroni and cheese
spaghetti or other pasta
jar of spaghetti sauce
can of cream of mushroom soup
cans of tuna
cans of chicken
egg noodles

rice
cans of fruit
cans of vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, etc)
boxed desert mix

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE

We are a group of parish members who are deeply concerned about the crisis of our home, planet Earth, and committed to making a difference. We gather to learn more and take action in order to grow as responsible members of the Community of all Life. Creation in all its manifestations is a sacred trust we must honor and reverence.

JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY

Church of the Resurrection is a partner parish of the Archdiocesan Justice and Advocacy Council of Montgomery County. Parish representatives on the council work together to address local issues and advocate for public policy to help the “poor and vulnerable” who have limited access to the halls of power. Public testimonies, meetings with the county council and its members, issue forums, letter-writing and e-mail campaigns are among the justice-promoting activities of the council.

The Justice and Advocacy Council meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at:

Holy Redeemer Church
9705 Summit Avenue
Kensington, Maryland
Time: 7:00pm to 9:30pm

For further information please contact:
Frances Beard (fawrbeard@aol.com)
Cathy Couch, Council Chair (ccouch1940@aol.com)
Ann Barbagallo, Co-chair (annhbarbagallo@verizon.net)

The schedule of 2017 meetings at Holy Redeemer Church, Kensington, all at 7:30 pm, is:

Wednesday, May 24
Wednesday, July 26
Wednesday, September 27
Wednesday, December 6

At the May meeting Chuck Short, special assistant to the Montgomery County Executive, Ike Leggett, will do a presentation on being an advocate at the county level. Short has held a position in justice work with the Archdiocese of Washington.

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen

Shepherd’s Table is a non-profit organization in downtown Silver Spring, supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and individual donors. Every night, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Shepherd’s Table serves a hot, nutritious meal to an average of 127 hungry individuals (generally over 200 in the winter months).

Cancer Support Group

he Cancer Support Group started in 2014 with the mission to support people living with cancer and their primary caregiver. Meetings are once a month on the third Thursday from 7:15 to 8:15 in the Parish Life Center.. Holly Pertmer, a licensed clinical social worker with a career in oncology both in a hospital and hospice settings, facilitates the group and provides resources and tips.

The group pledges confidentiality for open sharing in a safe space. Those who are newly diagnosed, receiving maintenance treatment, and facing end-of-life issues are encouraged to participate. The group provides a supportive place to discuss a variety of topics such as communicating with relatives and friends, finding good doctors and talking with doctors/other medical providers. The group helps those affected by cancer to live as fully as possible in spite of treatment and the emotional and psychological impact of the disease by maintaining a positive focus.

If Interested, please contact: Holly Pertmer, MSW, LCSW – 301-319-8827 hpertmer@hotmail.com