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SOCIAL JUSTICE HAPPENINGS FOR 2016-2017
Bread for the World Offering of Letters, May 20 & 21. Each year Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad, conducts an offering. Not an offering of money, but an offering of letters. Holy Trinity is participating in the offering on May 20 & 21. It is an opportunity for us, as Christians, to live today’s teachings that “it is better to suffer for doing good if that be the will of God, than for doing evil” and that “whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” God’s greatest commandment was to worship God and love thy neighbor as thyself. It invites us to be good stewards, using our voices to encourage our elected representatives to take the necessary steps to end hunger. Please consider participating in the offering of letters. If you have any questions, contact Kate Tromble at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 903-2809.
A BIG POWER OF ONE THANK YOU!! During this year's Power of One, over 250 Holy Trinity parishioners joined together in service throughout the DC region. People made rosaries for Haiti, painted at the Fr. McKenna Center, served breakfast, lunch and dinner to the homeless around the City, spruced up the parish gardens, prayed for the vulnerable in their homes, and sorted basic necessities at A Wider Circle. At the same time parishioners were able to spend time getting to know one another, building a stronger Trinity community. We were, in short, people for others for the day.
Two parishioners in particular made this opportunity possible for all of us. Molly Bayer and Michelle O’Neill spent months identifying organizations, lining up opportunities, and ensuring that all volunteers received detailed information about where to be and when. To them, we say a special thank you! We are grateful for your work and your dedication to this parish community.
Transform Lives Through Service – Join the Social Justice Committee!! Our faith calls us to build a more just world that upholds dignity, equality, and access to social and economic opportunity for all. The Social Justice Committee is seeking new members to help guide the parish in accomplishing this mission for a two to three year term. Interested parishioners should be passionate about social justice, willing to raise social justice visibility, ready to provide regular hands-on support to parish ministries, and interested in helping lead the work of the parish in this area. This is a “working board” that meets at least monthly with working groups that meet other times as needed. Interested parishioners should contact Kate Tromble (email@example.com).
Responsibilities of the Social Justice Committee Members
- Serve on one or more of the Committee's working groups Volunteer Engagement, Advocacy and Education, Events and Hospitality, Tithe and Capital Campaign, and Communications.
- In collaboration with the Social Justice Minister, develop an annual work plan for the working group as well as the Committee as a whole.
- Interact with the parish community as a committee and on a personal level, promoting the ministry and soliciting feedback from parishioners
- Provide constructive feedback to the Minister and Chair regarding the ministry’s work
- Periodically review the committee’s mission and purpose
- Assess the impact and efficacy of the ministry at Holy Trinity
MONTHLY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES: We will once again be serving at the Fr. McKenna Center, A Wider Circle, and S.O.M.E. We will also prepare meals for Georgetown Ministry Center and Catholic Relief Services. And return to the DC Diaper Bank in the spring. We will also host our annual Power of One day of service. Details at this SIGN UP GENIUS SITE.
We also continue to serve every fourth Sunday of the month at S.O.M.E. If you'd like to serve one Sunday, or even become a regular, contact Patrick McCourt (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our regular Saturday suppers and Sunday dinners also continue to occur. Contact Mike Conway (email@example.com) for details about how you can get invovled. And, we are co-sponsoring a refugee family. If you'd like to help with that effort, contact Kate Tromble (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES: Join the effort to support small family shelters in Washington, DC rather than housing our homeless families in at old DC General site or in random hotels. Contact Tom Woodley (email@example.com) for more information about getting involved.
January 13th Join Washington Hebrew Congregation for dinner and Shabbat service to honor Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. For information, contact Mary Tschudy (202) 965-2746.
QUARTERLY REFLECTIONS. Sometimes we get very focused on serving others and our "doing" that we forget to take time to reflect on why we serve. Join us in the Chapel once a quarter to step back and reflect. We will spend an hour - led by Martina O'Shea - contemplating the relationship between our faith and service.
April 8 (4:00 pm) June 10 (4:00 pm)
Weekend Meals for the Homeless in Georgetown. As summer draws near and parishioners head away on vacations, we are seeking new volunteers to staff our weekly meals for the homeless. This is a direct service opportunity in Georgetown on Saturdays or Sundays from 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm that involves preparing and serving a meal for 50-60 adults as well as light set-up and clean-up duties. We also can make arrangements for you to just “drop off” a menu item at HT or at the meal sites. Details: Mike Conway firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration Legal Services Needs Volunteers - Both Lawyers and Non-Laywers! Throughout the next several months Catholic Charities will rely on dozens of volunteers to help individuals submit applications to change their immigration status as allowed under the Nov. 22, 2014 Executive Order. If you are interested in volunteering in this effort, please register to volunteer with Catholic Charities and attend an orientation session. More information is available at www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/volunteerapplication or by contacting Jacqueline Rishty at email@example.com.
If you are interested in helping out, but looking for a different way to volunteer, there are other options. Please contact Kate Tromble at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.