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 Pandemic Update

The kindly man will be blessed, for he gives of his sustenance to the poor. ~Proverbs 23:9

The parishioners of Resurrection have answered the call! In the last week, non-perishable food, gift cards, and monetary donations have been pouring in and we can not THANK YOU enough! During these uncertain times, your gifts make all of the difference to those who need. We ask that you continue to think of them, and be a blessing to others.
If you are able to help, drop-off for donations are Monday–Thursdays from 9:30 am–3:30 pm. For those that are in need of a helping hand and live in the following zip code areas: 20866, 20868, 20903, 20904, 20905, the food pantry is opened on Tuesdays from 11:00 am–4:00 pm.

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, 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
301-585-6556

Interfaith Clothing Center

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

Poulaye drilling

Haiti Mission

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. Fr. Barry, has decided that he would like to “resurrect” our relationship with Haiti.

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 (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 Justice and Advocacy Council meets every 4th Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at:

Holy Redeemer Church, 9705 Summit Avenue, Kensington, Maryland

For further information please contact:
Cathy Couch, Council Chair
Ann Barbagallo, Co-chair
Frances Beard, resurrection Representative
Damien Wanner, Resurrection Representative

SHEPHERD’S TABLE

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.

GABRIEL NETWORK’S ANGEL FRIEND TEAM

Gabriel Network is forming an Angel Friend Team at the Church of the Resurrection, to serve the mothers and families who call the Gabriel Network helpline from the Burtonsville and surrounding area.
Gabriel Network is a faith-based, non-profit organization that serves women facing crisis pregnancies throughout Maryland and DC. Their mission is to empower a committed network of Christian churches to “adopt” pregnant mothers and families in need by providing practical, emotional, and spiritual support through pregnancy and beyond. It realizes this mission through three programs: a help line, church-based ministry, and
housing ministry.
Last year alone, over 130 Angel Friends served women and children through 33 churches. Gabriel Network also provided shelter for over 4,000 nights and answered hundreds of helpline calls, in total serving over 1,300 women and their babies.