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 Kim Roering or call her at 651.774.1585 ext. 128.
October Collection: Merrick Community Services
Merrick Community Services supports individuals and families to navigate life transitions, find health and stability, and promotes independence. The items that they are needing are:
- Bath soap/Body wash
- Hand Sanitizers
- Paper towels
- Sponges/Wash clothes
- Dish detergent
- Laundry soap
- Household cleaning items/disinfectant spray
- Oyster sauce
- Sweet chili sauce
- Rice noodles
- Pink net bean thread noodles
Monthly Donation Closet Collections are sponsored by the Social Justice and Caring Committee. Thank you for your generosity.
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
Beacon Housing Opportunity
Join advocates who care about a home for all at the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative's "Rent is Due: Day of Action" happening Monday morning, October 3 from 8:30 – 9:00 AM. Click here to register. At this virtual gathering, we will:
- Get an update on candidate forums in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota
- Take action to make sure the future governor includes Bring it Home, Minnesota in the state budget
Your voice and your action make a difference! Please be sure to register today. Hope to see you at 8:30 AM on Monday, October 3.
For the past month, our Beacon team, here at church, has been setting up zoom visits with Maplewood City Council members. It is an effort to continue to build our relationship with Maplewood to support the proposed Gladstone Crossing project. Gladstone Crossing is a project that will provide deeply affordable supportive homes for at least 40 families in Maplewood. The most important aspect of this project is receiving 40 Project Based Vouchers for each unit built at Gladstone Crossing. Metropolitan Council approves and disperses these vouchers and without attaining these vouchers, the project cannot be built.
What is deeply affordable supportive housing?
Deeply affordable? Housing that does not cost more than 30% Annual Median Income or AMI. For example, a family of 4 who does not make more than $35,000 per year. These are the families that need (require) deeply affordable housing.
Supportive? Many of these families have been dealing with homelessness, job loss, perhaps chemical dependency and/or mental issues and need onsite supportive housing for day to day assistance (if needed) and mentoring to make sure this housing is successful.
Deeply affordable supportive housing is what Beacon builds and it gives this vulnerable population a stable and sustainable chance for stable housing.
Meeting Minutes 2021
Meeting Minutes 2020