St. Pascal Baylon parish members have many opportunities to help make the world a better place. Service projects coordinated for parishioners include feeding and clothing the poor, and scheduling semi-annual visits of the Red Cross Bloodmobile to the parish.
Our Social Justice & Caring Committee also keeps parishioners informed of current social justice issues and activities. They work both independently and collectively with other churches to address the needs of those who are unable to care or speak for themselves.
Several times a year, the SJCC organizes the We Care Campaign, an outreach program to allow parishioners to learn about and contribute to carefully selected charitable organizations.
For more information about St. Pascal's social Justice and Caring Committee, please email Fr. John Mitchell or call him at 651.432.4955.
St. Paul Residents
Rent Stabilzation up for vote for on November 2, 2021
St. Paul City Council unanimously approved the rent stabilizatrion ballot language that will be put to voters on November 2. If passed, the measure would institute one of the country’s most rigorous rent stabization policies and the state’s first.
What is Rent Stabilzation?
- Rents can only increase up to 3% in a year
- Landlords can apply for exceptions for capital improvements, maintenance, or swings in property taxes
- Stays in effect even when the tenant changes
Rent stabilization is not rent control or ceiling. Historically BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) renters face the worst rent spikes. BIPOC households saw a cumulative rent increase of 32% over the past two decades, while white households saw a cumulative increase of just 18%.
Developers will continue to factor in rent, inflation, and taxes into how they set their initial rents. By stabilizing rents, people would be more likely to stay in their house or apartment.
The City council is also allowed to amend the ordinance 12 months after passage if needed. If passed, the rent ordinance would take effect on May 1, 2022.
Read the flier for more information.
October Collection: Merrick Community Services
During October, items will be accepted for Merrick Community Services. Merrick Community Services is committed to breaking the cycle of multi-generational and concentrated poverty in Saint Paul's East Side community. They work with others in challenging situations. Merrick Community Services supports individuals and families to navigate life transitions, find health and stability, and promote independence. These services include employment training, family counseling, social work, helping victims of domestic violence and a food shelf. Their services to seniors include Meals on Wheels, social groups and services to enable seniors to continue to live in their own homes. Their programs for the youth include educational and fun summer and after school programs.
Items needed include:
- Socks and T-Shirts
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Laundry Soup
- Bath Soap
- Toilet paper
- Asian Foods (listed below)
Most of these food items can be purchased at any Asian grocery store such as Double Dragon Foods, Golden Harvest, Sun Foods, United Noodle, Ha Tien Super Market and many other local shops in and around the Eastside of Saint Paul. You can also purchase the following items from these websites:
Place items in the donation closet, located off the coat room, before and after masses from October 1 – 31. Thank you for your generosity.