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.
May Collection: Brittany’s Place
In May, the following items will be accepted in the parish donation closet for Brittany’s Place, an emergency shelter in St. Paul for girls and young women who have experienced commercial sex trafficking or are at high risk for sexual exploitation.
NEW CLOTHING (Sizing: Women’s SM-LG)
- Plain white or black t-shirts
- Socks, Boxers
- Sweatshirts and sweatpants
- Pajama pants/sets
- Slippers & fuzzy socks (size 5-12)
TOILETRIES & PERSONAL CARE
- Bathroom caddies/loofahs
- Towels and wash cloths
- Body wash/lotion
- Hair ties/headbands/clips
- Twin sheet sets/blankets/pillows (New)
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Beacon Update April 21, 2022
On Tuesday, April 19th, 11 parishioners from St. Pascal's participated in a Bring It Home MInnesota: Rally at the Capitol! So proud of our group for showing up and being a voice for those who need stable and affordable housing. About 25 legislators were present and thanked us for all of our hard work and told us we are making a difference! Also, there were 2 single middle-aged women who shared their story of becoming homeless. It's heartbreaking to hear of circumstances that can happen in one's life, that lead them into homelessness and the desperation that follows. We need sustainable changes for our Minnesotans who find themselves in these difficult situations.
Beacon Update March 1, 2022
We are pleased to update our parish with news that our Beacon team, here at St. Pascal’s has met with 4 legislators in hopes of kicking off Lobby Week, which highlighted Bring it Home MN bill
HF33 and companion bill SF 333. The legislators we met with via Zoom are:
Rep. Jay Xiong 67B- February 14 (District where St. Pascal’s is located)
Rep. Tou Xiong 53A- February 15
Rep. Steve Sandell 53B- Febryary 24
Sen. Chuck Wiger 43 - February 28
The meetings went very well and all of the above legislators support Bring it Home MN HF 40 and SF 333, which would allocate $1 billion in rental subsidies for those who qualify and $1 billion in
housing infrastructure bonds which would create low-income and supportive housing. All of the legislators appreciated the Zoom meeting and even suggested other ways to continue building
support through the House and Senate.
On February 15th, the House had their first housing committee meeting, which resulted in $400 million allocated to rental subsidies (Bring it Home MN). Not quite the billion dollars they are
asking, for but a huge success nonetheless! We will continue to build on this.
The weekend of March 12/13, we will have a Bring It Home MN postcard drive after every Mass. We will have postcards available to fill out that will be mailed directly to legislators on Monday morning. This is a huge opportunity to engage in support of those who struggle with housing and we need everyone to participate!
More information from the February 15 Housing Committee Meeting:
Meeting Minutes 2021
Meeting Minutes 2020