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:
Cans of soup, stew, ravioli, etc.
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
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.
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
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!
Generally, volunteers assisting in meal prep, serving and clean-up arrive around 5:00 pm to help with table set up, preparing bread and dessert trays and anything else the chef needs us to do. But that’s flexible for those coming from work as there is usually a “lull” before we welcome guests at 6:00 pm. Dinner is served from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm when it’s “all hands on deck” to welcome clients, distribute tickets, serve dinner, serve bread/desserts/coffee/tea, assist with the dining area and wash dishes. At 7:30 pm, everyone pitches in to clean up (wash dishes, clean tables, wash floor, etc.); we are generally done no later than 8:00 pm.
Also, every Saturday Volunteers from Resurrection pick up donated food from the Dutch Country Farmers Market in Laurel, deliver the food to Shepherd’s Table. This takes a maximun of about 3 hours, , from 2:30 PM to 5:50 PM, and the volunteer must have a large minivan, SUV, or truck to hold and transport the food. Volunteers usually are assigned to a specific ‘Saturday once a month., though they help to cover for each other when conflicts arise on their assigned Saturday.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Volunteer with other Resurrection parishioners on the 5th Tuesday and 5th Thursday of each month to help set up the dining room, serve dinner and help clean-up.
Wear comfortable clothes, including a baseball cap (or other type of hat) and closed toe shoes. The minimum age is 16 but 14 and 15 year old volunteers can help when accompanied by an adult. For Resurrection, we have arranged that youth preparing for Confirmation may volunteer with their parent or sponsor.
- Volunteer to serve one Saturday a month delivering donated food from the Dutch Country Farmers Market in Laurel. The volunteer loads the food into their vehicle, and delivers and unloads it at Shepherd’s Table in downtown Silver Spring. The entire activity usually takes less than three hours, and training will be provided. Some lifting is required–the heaviest boxes may weigh up to 50 pounds. Volunteers will need a large van, SUV, or truck and will be assigned a regular Saturday (e.g. 4th or 5th Saturday each month) to pick up the food.
For those too young to serve at Shepherd’s Table, click here to find other ways to be involved
Wanting to volunteer? Please click on the name of the following Resurrection Coordinators to send them an email:
Kathy Meaney Stobie, for those volunteering to Serve on the 5th Tuesday/Thursday
Frank Claunts for those Volunteering to Pick Up Food one Saturday a Month
Shepherd’s Table is located at Progress Place at 8106 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.
From Resurrection, take 29 to Georgia Avenue (heart of downtown Silver Spring). Make a left onto Georgia Avenue. Turn right onto Progress Place at the end of the Fire Station and before the railway overpass. Parking is limited. If parking is not available at Progress Place, metered parking is available on Georgia Avenue.
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
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.