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
Interfaith Clothing Center
751 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20851
Until several years ago, Resurrection had been maintaining a relationship with a parish and religious order in Gros Morne, Haiti for nearly 20 years. Over that time, our parish had been responsible for building a number of churches, building several schools, establishing potable water systems, establishing an egg production facility, establishing an animal husbandry (goat production) project, conducting medical missions and assisting in a variety of other ways. About five years ago, our Haiti efforts were put on hold due a change in parish administration at Resurrection. Our current pastor, Fr. Barry, has decided that he would like to “resurrect” our relationship with Haiti. Some members of the parish have maintained various relationships in Haiti in these intervening years despite the interruption in our formal relationship. Building upon these ongoing initiatives and our previous experiences, we are now prepared to reinitiate our efforts to assist the people of Haiti. Key to these efforts is a renewed focus on sustainability – helping Haitians to help themselves in a manner that attempts to ensure ongoing growth.
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 visit the Parish Life Center during office the hours of 11:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-noon.
Donations are greatly appreciated!
For more information about the Food Pantry at Resurrection, please contact:
The Parish Office
Here is a list of the food we collect:
Cans of soup, stew, ravioli, etc.
macaroni and cheese
spaghetti or other pasta
jar of spaghetti sauce
can of cream of mushroom soup
cans of tuna
cans of chicken
cans of fruit
cans of vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, etc)
boxed desert mix
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 (J & A) 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 last 2 meetings of 2017 at Holy Redeemer Church, Kensington, all at 7:30 pm, are scheduled for:
Wednesday, September 27
Wednesday, December 6
There is a need for more representatives of Resurrection on the Council.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eastern Montgomery Emergency Assistance Network (EMEAN)
The Eastern Montgomery Emergency Assistance Network (EMEAN) is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to those in crisis who reside in zip codes 20866, 20868, 20903, 20904, and 20905. EMEAN provides assistance in the following areas: eviction prevention, utility cut-off prevention, and limited assistance with medical prescriptions.
Church of the Resurrection is one of the 16 congregations/organizations that financially support the ministry of EMEAN.