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

Food Pantry

The kindly man will be blessed, for he gives of his sustenance to the poor. ~Proverbs 23:9
Resurrection provides food assistance to our neighbors in need with both non-perishable food and grocery store gift cards. To be able to continue to offer this help to the needy, we rely on the generosity of the parishioners of Resurrection to supply non-perishable food, grocery gift cards and monetary donations. Our parishioners have faithfully continued to answer this need and we can not THANK YOU enough!
If you are able to help, drop-off times for donations are Monday – Thursdays from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm.
For those that are in need of a helping hand, the food pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.

Here is a list of the food we collect:


instant oatmeal
healthy cereals


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


macaroni and cheese, spaghetti or other pasta, jars of spaghetti sauce, egg noodles
can of cream of mushroom soup, rice
cans of tuna, cans of chicken, cans of fruit, cans of vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, etc)
boxed desert mix

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


Since 2019 a group at Resurrection has been donating their time and talent to provide knitted and crocheted hats and fleece scarves to be distributed during the Winter Shelter Mission and with the Thanksgiving and Christmas food totes provided to those in need. We have also provided baby blankets for the Columbia Pregnancy Center.
If you are experienced and would enjoy sharing the company of other talented folks, or if you are a beginner and would like to benefit from those with more experience, we would love to have you join us—All are welcome!

We can provide yarn, fabric, patterns and tools, as well as lessons and ideas. We will meet at Resurrection on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, in a room to be announced. For further information, click here to contact Ruth Doherty.

Poulaye drilling


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.


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). Those who are hungry come not only for nourishment, but also for friendly conversation and, most importantly, hope. Since Shepherd’s Table opened in 1983, they have never missed a meal…thanks to volunteers like all of you! Go Team Resurrection!

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.