The Social Concerns Committee includes charity and justice ministries, which are based on the Catholic Social Teaching.
Our mission includes:
To enable all to grow in the knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching
To create awareness of social issues in the communities and world of which we are a part
To work toward peace and justice through parish and Diocesan activities including legislative advocacy
Concern for and service to the poor and the needy is done through the ministries of Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick and the Homebound, Nights at the Armory, Detention Ministry, Neighbors in Need, Thanksgiving Food Drives, Christmas Giving Trees, Operation Rice Bowl, and other activities. The need to actively participate in the voting process is emphasized through Faithful Citizenship activities. Respect for God’s creation is also emphasized and promoted particularly on Earth Day.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) has been around in the parish for many years. They assist with donations from parishioners, the people and families that call our parish for assistance whether they attend Saint Lawrence or not, whether they are Catholic or not. The Society meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Rectory Conference Room at 7:00 PM.
Ministry to the Sick & the Homebound
The purpose of the Ministry to the Sick and Homebound is to ensure that Catholics who are unable to attend Mass due to illness, hospitalization, or age, are able to receive communion on a weekly basis. We visit parishioners at home, in the hospital, or a nursing facility and conduct a simple Rite of the Eucharist. We have both men and women volunteers. We meet informally every Wednesday after Mass and formally, as needed in periodically scheduled meetings.