Four Pillars of Social Justice
Social Justice Ministries at St. Patrick’s involve four key pillars: Education, Outreach, Advocacy and Fundraising. Our goal is to reduce the effects of poverty and to work towards the long-term goal of creating greater justice.
We accomplish this by working with members of our parish, businesses, elected officials, nonprofit and government agencies. We leverage internal and external resources to maximize the potential of our ministries. We are also committed to being faithful stewards. We are focused on transparency and integrity in all of our ministries. And, we use open, respectful communication.
This group meets once a week on a casual, drop in basis to share faith. Everyone is welcome. Free.
- Fireside Chats
These informal conversations are held by the fireplace in the Mahon Center. Speakers share their faith and involvement with local charities and discuss topics of interest to people of faith. Free.
- Fall Forum
This speaker event is designed to energize people of faith about Social Justice. A thought leader is invited to discuss a relevant topic at St. Patrick’s. The community is also invited to attend.
- Crisis Support
St. Patrick's provides confidential referrals and support for individuals and families in crisis.
- Legislative Activity
St. Patrick's holds conversations with members fo the parish and elected officials to discuss key legislation. We also advocate on poverty and issues fo jsutice.
- The Cobán Water Project
This global ministry is based on a decade-long friendship with the people of Cobán, Guatemala. Annually, pilgrims from St. Patrick's spend time at the monastery in Cobán, share faith, learn about the culture of Guatemala and distribute water filters. The Cobán Water Project purchases a simple water filtration system constructed in Guatemala City that catches rain water and purifies it. The units cost $50 and provide a family with clean water for years. Funds for the project are raised at the Gala for Brighter Tomorrows and through individual contributions. If you would like to donate or join a pilgrimage, please contact the Office of Social Justice. Gracias!
- Easy Bean – Organic Farm Shares
Community Supported Agriculture (C.S.A.) is a localized food system that directly links farmer and consumer in a relationship which benefits everyone. In exchange for their financial support, shareholders receive a box of organic veggies and a newsletter with recipes each week at one of several convenient drop-off sites. Easy Bean Farm delivers fresh produce to St. Patrick's every Friday during the summer. You can buy full or half shares by registering on the Easy Bean Farm website or call Mike at (320) 793-6675.
- Loaves & Fishes
Parishioners serve a meal on the second Monday of every month at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Volunteers are needed for food preparation, serving, and clean up. We are currently looking for someone to coordinate the clean up crew. Contact the Office of Social Justice if you can help.
- Meals on Wheels
Drivers deliver hot meals once a month to neighbors in Bloomington and Edina, enabling seniors and people with disabilities to remain independent. The time commitment is short - one-two hours a month.
- Risen Christ School, Minneapolis
This ministry has raised over $800,000 through Gala for Brighter Tomorrows to support a rigorous Catholic education and to create pathways out of poverty for students. Volunteers tutor math and reading on a weekly basis and assist with administrative projects.
- Sharing and Caring Hands
Grocery donations are collected at St. Patrick's and delivered on a weekly basis to Sharing and Caring Hands to reduce hunger. Volunteers also collect and deliver surplus food from area restaurants (see below). Members of the parish tutor children on a weekly basis.
- Surplus Food Ministry – Harvest Donation Center
This ministry reduces hunger by re-purposing surplus food. It also helps the environment by reducing waste going into landfills. This collaborative ministry with the Harvest Donation Center partners with Caribou, Chipotle's, Starbuck's and Papa John's. Volunteers pick up surplus food from participating restaurants and deliver it to St. Patrick's, where it is picked up by volunteers who deliver it to Sharing and Caring Hands. Time commitment is short.
- VEAP – Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People
Food drives are organized for Thanksgiving, March and Summer. A School Supply Drive in August serves children in our community. Volunteers serve in leadership roles, help at the food shelf and pack food. VEAP offers a food shelf, case management services and transportation for neighbors struggling in Edina, Bloomington and Richfield. Contact VEAP for services at 952-888-9616. To get involved in this ministry contact St. Patrick's Office of Social Justice.
Fundraising and Donation Drives
St. Patrick's relies on the generosity of members of the parish, volunteers, businesses and community partners to support our ministries. Thank you!
- Gala For Brighter Tomorrows
St. Patrick's has hosted this Gala For Brighter Tomorrows for over 28 years to raise funds for Risen Christ School and the Cobán Water Project. In 2013, St. Patrick's Ministries became a recipient as well. On Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Mahon Center sparkled. Guests enjoyed a beautiful meal prepared by the award winning Saint Paul Hotel, a Live and Silent Auction, and Fund-A-Need. Entertainment was provided by Jeff Jamieson and Dr. Min Jung Kim and the Edina Chamber Singers. The event generated over $56,000 net proceeds. If you would like to join the Gala Team for 2014 or become a sponsor, please contact the Office of Social Justice.
- Green Envelopes
Often referred to as "the sacred money," this fund is used exclusively to fund Social Justice Ministries. Green envelopes are part of stewardship at St. Patrick's. (You may also donate by check - write Social Justice in the memo line.)
- Donations of Products and Services
St. Patrick's relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses. In-kind contributions for Gala or other ministries are greatly appreciated! Cont the Office of Social Justice to find out how your company can get involved!
- Food, Clothing, School Supply, and other Donation Drives
St. Patrick's collects food on a weekly basis for Sharing & Caring Hands in Minneapolis. Food donations may be dropped off in the bin located in the Celtic Center or at the main office entrance during the week. Summer is a difficult time for our neighbors who are struggling. The need for donations does not take a vacation. Please consider picking up a couple of extra boxes of cereal, pasta, sauce or taco fixings next time you're shopping. Healthy snack items like granola bars are also in high demand. We also hold a Thanksgiving Food Drive, a Lenten Food Drive, and a School Supply Drive for Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP). Prior to Christmas, we collect hats and mittens for Risen Christ School. We also collect toys and gift cards for local charities. Thank you for your generosity!