Chairperson – Cheryl Key
The Justice and Peace Committee is the avenue by which our parish has helped those in need in our community and the world. Our mission is to identify needs that our parish can meet, encourage our parishioners to volunteer their time and resources, and to inform the parish about issues of social concern and justice.
As part of our quest for Justice and Peace, we are called upon to actively pursue physical acts of mercy. By helping our brothers and sisters in need, we also help ourselves as we have an opportunity to share God’s love with our fellow man and each other.
The Justice and Peace Committee accepts donations of canned foods, household goods, and toiletries, at any time in the basket in the Commons. These donations are distributed monthly to local social agencies. Justice and Peace also collects money and distributes equally to different agencies and organizations as designated on the front of the “Poor Box.”
General meetings are held every month and parishioners are welcomed and encouraged to attend (watch the weekly bulletin for dates). Our goal is to provide service opportunities to parish families and we welcome your input. We conduct many projects each year, with volunteer commitments ranging from weekly to once a year.
Provides gifts at Christmas for St. Mary’s Infant Home residents; the homeless through Norfolk Catholic Worker and the poor through St. Columba.
Birthright provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Using its own resources and those of the community, Birthright offers positive and loving alternatives. Birthright presents many services and refers for many more. We provide friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy testing, and maternity and baby clothes. We also give information and referrals to help clients meet legal, medical, financial, and housing needs. Birthright treats each woman as an individual who deserves kindness and respect, as well as personal attention to her unique situation. All Birthright services are free, absolutely confidential, and available to any woman regardless of age, race, creed, economic or marital status. Our Parish collects items that are most needed by birthright, such as bottles, baby clothing, etc.
The Diaper Bank receives request for 100,000+ diapers a month. With the economy as it is today, that number will even grow larger. This past year the diaper bank distributed around 28,000 a month. The concern is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.
These are few of the reasons why we run a diaper drive once a year to support our local diaper bank.
• 5.3 million children in the US aged 3 or younger live in poor or low income families.
• Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps.
• No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
• Babies who remained too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risk.
• Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of child care centers.
Fuel and Hunger Fund
Approximately 11% of Virginia residents live below the poverty level. The Fuel and Hunger Fund helps Parishes, Catholic organizations and their community partners provide emergency assistance to persons with fuel and hunger needs in their locality. “The Fuel and Hunger Fund is essential to social ministry in the Diocese.”
NEST (Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team)
Provide a shelter for the homeless one or two weeks a year at our parish. We provide a hot dinner, shelter for the night and bag lunches for the homeless on our assigned times.
Respect Life Program
Provide access to important resources to all individuals who seek physical, spiritual, and emotional support to manage through various life transitions and stages. A particular emphasis is placed on providing attention to issues pertaining to the dignity of human life. Activities involve March for Life and 40 Days for Life. October is Respect Life month across the United States. During this month, parishes across the United States will celebrate and highlight the Catholic worldview that all life is sacred and that every person has dignity that comes from none less than God. In the Diocese of Richmond, we celebrate Respect Life Month officially in January.
Sandwiches for the Norfolk Catholic Worker
The Catholic Worker Movement is a collection of autonomous communities of Catholics and their associates founded in 1933. Its aim is to “live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ.” One of its guiding principles is hospitality towards those on the margin of society, based on the principles of communitarianism and personalism. To this end, the Catholic Worker Movement claims over 213 local Catholic Worker communities providing social services. Christ the King is committed to providing sandwiches for the Norfolk Catholic Worker ministry every second and fourth Thursday of the month throughout the year. We have 6 teams. Each team provides four times a year on a rotating schedule.
St. Columba Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those who are homeless and low-income. Please help us eliminate hunger by donating pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, macaroni and cheese, soups, canned fruits and vegetables, Ramen noodles, rice, peanut butter, jelly and any other nonperishable items. Or you can make a financial donation. Donations accepted weekly in the Parish commons alcove.