Social Justice & Outreach
Our mission is to be a community where Catholic social teaching and ministry are central and integral, not fringe and optional, and where Social Justice is lived by every member of the Body of Christ. The Justice & Human Concerns Committee works to bring Catholic Social Teaching alive in our parish. Pope Francis has captivated the attention and imaginations of many of us with his strong words and actions connecting following Christ and how we conduct ourselves in the world. Francis draws from the long tradition of Catholic social teaching to prod us to live and think differently. Leading us by his example and teaching, he urges Catholics worldwide to better imitate Jesus in our daily lives. For more information visit the Justice & Human Concerns page.
Outreach Endowment – Did you know?
St. Matthew’s “Outreach Endowment” was established as part of “Project Matthew”. For those of you who may be new to the parish “Project Matthew” was the campaign and project name for the vision of our current facilities. “Project Matthew” consisted of four main components: remolding our school and reclaiming our old worship space to our current MPC center, making our building handicap accessible, construction of our current worship and gathering space and the establishment of our “Outreach Endowment”. At around this time each year we offer the opportunity for our parish member and organizations to request a grant for outreach work they may be a part of. The grant request forms can be found in the information center in the gathering space. For additional information contact Penny Dart at the Parish Center. 435-6811
Social Justice & Outreach Stewardship Opportunities
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing
EPH is a comprehensive, all-encompassing program to help homeless families transition from a life of turmoil, turbulence and dependency to a life of hope, stability and self-sufficiency. Through a community based collaboration between sixteen area churches and The Salvation Army, homeless families receive shelter, case management, mentorship, education support and budget counseling. St. Matthew Parish entered into a partnership and approved Wayne Micksch to represent our parish on the EPH Board. ephgb.org
Feed My Starving Children
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. Volunteers hand-pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children, which are sent to partners around the world where they are used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. FMSC food has reached nearly 70 countries. St. Matthew is a partner church with Feed My Starving Children. More information.
Mission: Love Life is an ecumenical outreach service supporting low income families with infants and toddlers up to three years of age in the greater Green Bay area. We provide diapers, layettes, recycled baby furniture and toys, gently used clothing, powdered formula and bottled baby food. We also provide help with pack and plays and car seats. More information.
St. Pat's Food Pantry
Did you know that St. Matthew is partnered with St. Patrick’s Food Pantry on the west side of Green Bay? There is a drawer in the resource center for non-perishable food items. Please no personal items or toiletries.
Volunteers Needed! St. Patrick’s Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3 pm. Volunteers (men & women) needed from around 12:50 until 3:20 or so to help distribute food to St. Pat’s families.
The different jobs available are: 1. Register St. Pat’s families, 2. Put together the individual parts of the family’s need and bring the cart out to the person, 3. Pack boxes, 4. Back room work. Filling shelves, making boxes, sorting food, etc. They schedule every three months for one or two times a month but subbing is also available. If anyone wants to learn more call Donna Kessler at 499-0062 or [email protected]
St. Vincent de Paul
SVdP store offers volunteers many varieties of jobs and is always in need of help. Take a step for the poor and consider sorting / pricing of donated items, computer repairs, cashier / bagging, selling furniture, working in carpenter shop or Personal Service Center. The nice thing about volunteering is you can choose your own hours. Call Store Manager at 435-4040 for more information. To become involved or learn more about the St. Matthew Conference call Claire at 432-3556.
The store welcomes all kinds of unwanted household items to sell in the store. These donations are essential to our existence. Please remember us when "cleaning house". Call 432-2579 for pick-up of donated furniture.
History of St. Vincent de Paul Society A world-wide lay organization founded in Paris in 1833 by Fredric Ozanam. The Society offers tangible aid to those in need, plus spiritual services through person-to-person contact and prayer. There are eighteen conferences in various area parishes which serve the needy in their local neighborhoods. Monies for outreach come from the proceeds of the St. Vincent de Paul Store and donations. SVdP is a unique community resource because it provides emergency help to people who fall through the cracks. Some of the services offered include: Food (Parish pantries, Paul's Pantry referral), Shelter (House of Hope, vouchers for rent), Clothing & Household items (Vouchers for SVdP store), Emergency services (utilities, medical assistance, transportation vouchers), Education (vouchers for secondary school tuition) and referrals to Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or government programs. Call the parish center (435-6811) who will put in touch with a SVdP member or go the the Personal Service Center (432-2579) if you are in need of help.
St. Matthew's will once again provide volunteers on Sunday evenings, November through April for the St. John the Evangelist Homeless program. St. John's plans on providing hospitality to the homeless overnight seven days a week. Professional staff, lead volunteer and a security person will always be on-site. The intent of the program will be to provide a light meal, showers, laundry availability and a safe place to sleep. The following are scheduled for a specific Sunday: Justice & Human Concerns, Grounds & Maintenance, SAC, Parish Council, Worship committee, Finance Council, Men's Club, JustFaith graduates, and St. Vincent de Paul. Parish members will be recruited for twelve of the Sundays on the schedule.
This arm of SJEHS ministries is a twelve month daytime resource center located at 700 E. Walnut and serves guests from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Its purpose is to provide programs and services that move the vulnerable to self-sufficiency. stjohnhomelessshelter.org
The resource center is open Monday - Friday (May - October) & 7 days a week (November - April)
Hands and Hearts with Haiti
Hands and Hearts with Haiti is a united multi-parish partnership rooted in mutual trust and respect. Together we seek beneficial, self-sustainable opportunities that best meet the needs of our brothers and sisters of St. Louis Parish, Mirebalais, its Chapel Communities and all members of this partnership. handsandheartswithhaiti.org
Justice Organization Sharing Hope and United for Action is an interfaith coalition of faith communities joined together to address justice concerns. Task forces address concerns in areas of mental health treatment, prison reform, immigration, transportation, etc.