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Parish Best Practices

A work in progress (updated March 2012) —we are creating a list of parish social justice best practices.
Please send your parish's best practices to IPJC at ipjc@ipjc.org. Include your parish name, city, and contact information.

Global
Support Malaria Net Program Blessed Teresa of Calcutta-Woodinville
Trip to Gulf Area Blessed Teresa of Calcutta-Woodinville
Lay led and planned prayer around global issues (e.g. Iraq War, 25th anniversary of Oscar Romero's death & four Church Women). Sacred Heart-Bellingham
Habitat for Humanity project in Ghana, Africa St. John Vianney-Kirkland
Contribute to Microloans Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish
St. Joseph-Seattle
Sister Parish in Ghana, Africa Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish
Dreams for Orphans (in Ghana's orphanage) St. Anne-Seattle
Sister Parish in Namitembo, Malawi, Africa - focus on education - Site projects, construction of high school & trade school, etc
Sister Parish in Malawi, Africa

St. Bridget - Seattle
Holy Family - Kirkland

Sister Parish in El Salvador

St. Joseph - Seattle
St. Rose - Longview

Sister Parish St. Luke - Shoreline
Support for a mechanized borehole in Ghana, Africa in collaboration with CRS, World Vision, Unicef, Carter Center, WATER, Ghana Health Services. St. John Vianney is willing to do presentations on these projects for other groups. St. John Vianney-Kirkland
Youth missions to migrant communities (ex. Mt. Vernon & Sunnyside) St. John Vianney-Kirkland
St. Luke - Shoreline
Teen/Adult missions to Mexico

Christ the King-Seattle
St. John Vianney
-Kirkland
Our Lady of the Lake - Seattle

Fair Trade chocolate tasting during parish social hour St. Matthew-Seattle
"$2 can change the world" St. Matthew-Seattle
Fair Trade Coffee after Masses/Fair Trade Gift markets St. Michael-Olympia
St. Joseph-Seattle
Sister Parish Project in Vietnam St. Michael-Olympia
"Journey of the Heart" retreats in Juarez, Mexico St. Michael-Olympia
Sponsored Habitat for Humanity house St. Rose - Longview

Local Poverty/Hunger
Hunger Banquet

Blessed Sacrament-Seattle
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta-Woodinville

St. Matthew-Seattle

St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. John Vianney-Kirkland
St. Jude
-Redmond
St. Matthew-Seattle
St. Michael-Olympia
St. Rose - Longview

Holy Family - Kirkland

Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish
Our Lady of the Lake - Seattle
Our Lady Star of the Sea - Bremerton
Sacred Heart-Bellingham
St. Anthony
-Renton
St. Bridget-Seattle

Hosting Tent City for Homeless/Tent City support (collecting donations)

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta-Woodinville
Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle
St. Joseph-Seattle
St. John Vianney-Kirkland
St. Jude-Redmond
St. Luke - Shoreline

Support St. Martin de Porres Men's Shelter
(including food and overflow shelter)

Christ the King-Seattle
St. James
-Seattle
St. Joseph
-Seattle

Support Benedict House for homeless men Our Lady Star of the Sea - Bremerton
Hope House—basic assistance for those who are in need Assumption-Bellingham
Weekly/monthly meals for homeless/community Assumption-Bellingham
Sacred Heart-Bellingham
St. Bridget-Seattle
Assumption House—1 family temporary housing for up to 1 year Assumption-Bellingham
"Soup and Substance" program: shared soup and readings of social justice Blessed Sacrament-Seattle
Serve meals to 100-130 homeless the third Sunday of each odd numbered month. Sunday morning liturgy focuses on the food, preparers and servers are blessed and commissioned Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle
Together We Care—Self-help website for those who need work Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle
Food Bank/Clothing Bank (including funding support) Sacred Heart-Lacey
St. Bridget-Seattle
St. Charles Boremo - Tacoma
St. Luke - Shoreline
St. Michael-Olympia
Summer Garden (free garden space/produce)
Created pea patch garden - donated 350 lbs. of food to food bank
Sacred Heart-Lacey
St. Thomas More-Lynnwood
Poverty in our Backyard St. Charles Boremo - Tacoma
Supporting Dental Van St. Anthony-Renton
Way back Inn—
Transitional Housing
St. Anthony-Renton
Whatcom County Interfaith Coalition- Bellingham
Sell parishioners small packet of St. Vincent de Paul vouchers, McDonald’s gift cards, or any other small gift card to give to needy St. Bernadette-Seattle
S.O.S.—feeding hungry St. Brendan-Bothell
Giving Tree Advent/Service Tree Lent St. Brendan-Bothell
St. Jude-Redmond
Orion Center for homeless youth St. Bridget-Seattle
Cathedral Kitchen, serves meals to 130-150 people every weekday
Community Kitchen
St. James-Seattle
St. Michael-Olympia
First Nations House—transitional housing for recovering Native Americans St. James-Seattle

Housing Advocacy Committee—an Action Alert network of parishioners who have agreed to take action once a month

St. James-Seattle
The Hunthausen Fund, providing grants and loans for persons moving from homelessness to permanent housing St. James-Seattle
Operation Nightwatch St. James-Seattle
Van Ministry St. James-Seattle
Sonshine Ministry—outreach to people who need temporary assistance with meals etc. St. John Vianney-Kirkland
Homelessness & Housing committee/board St. Joseph-Seattle
Overnight homeless shelter for men St. Joseph-Seattle
Food Pantry St. Jude-Redmond
Soup Supper during Lent—diners contribute cost of regular meal St. Matthew-Seattle
Food Drives St. Michael-Olympia
Community Housing & Resources St. Michael-Olympia
Men's/Women's Shelters
St. Monica's Guild - women's shelter work with New Beginnings
St. Michael-Olympia / St. Bridget-Seattle
Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle

"Feed my Sheep": prepare and deliver a meal to shelter
Prepare meals for delivery to Lararus Day Center

Adopted Sacred Heart Shelter as a parish charity to provide focus & hands on opportunities
Sandwitch preparation for St. Francis house

St. Thomas More-Lynnwood
Assumption-Seattle
St. Bridget-Seattle
St. Bridget-Seattle
Working with Sandpoint Housing to refurnish homes for the homeless Assumption-Seattle
Provide lunch every 2nd Sunday for ASC Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle

Medical/Dental Clinic

Whatcom County Interfaith Coalition-Bellingham

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Young Adult
Micah 6:8 Tennis and Social Justice Camp Blessed Teresa of Calcutta-Woodinville
Youth group service/mission trips
Jr High trip to the Lummi Nation and a Sr High trip to Jonestown, MS
St. Brendan-Bothell
St. Bridget
-Seattle

Children’s Hospital outreach program

St. Bridget-Seattle
"Young Adult Special Forces Unit"—provides help with chores/moving/cleaning for special cases St. James-Seattle
Young Adult Annual "Warm Hearts and Soles" collection of socks for homeless St. James-Seattle
St. James Cathedral weekly Taize service for young adults of various parishes St. James-Seattle
St. Joseph
-Seattle
"Speak Easy Thursdays" Young Adult Group: dinner, discussion, prayer and readings St. Joseph-Seattle
"Called and Gifted" justice workshop for young adults St. Joseph-Seattle
Lifeteen & Edge—Youth Ministry Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish
St. Michael
-Olympia

Elders
"Adopt a senior" by parishioners Anonymous
Monthly Senior Luncheon Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish
Senior Prom for Senior Citizens St. Brendan-Bothell
"Helping Hands": helping with chores of elderly St. Brendan-Bothell
Annual Valentine's Day party for seniors St. James-Seattle


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Environment
On Earth Day, car free or carpooling Mass. Parish and school use Pax Christi Prayer for Global Restoration and distribute prayer cards to everyone as they exit all Masses and to children at the school Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle
Eco-Tips in Parish Bulletin Our Lady of the Lake - Seattle
Earth Day Tree with action items to be picked on each "leaf" or "flower" or Outreach Giving Tree with "apples" to pick during Lent. Each apple lists an action picked by a person or family Our Lady of Sorrows-Snoqualmie
Environmental justice advocacy group St. James-Seattle
Eco-justice commission St. Joseph-Seattle


General Social Justice/Community Building

Relationship with St. Peter Claver (New Orleans) helping “rebuild” homes/lives after Katrina

Christ the King-Seattle
Knit/crochet prayer shawls for blessing presented to seriously ill parishioners during a healing service Holy Disciples-Puyallup
Lenten Soup Suppers featuring speakers on social justice issues Holy Family - Kirkland
Wednesday morning Men's group Holy Family - Kirkland
Local-vore Meal: JustFaith group sharing potluck from local food ingredients Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish

Voter registration information prior to Election Day

Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish
Continuing two-year correspondence with the US Catholic Bishops on Iraq and periodic letters to elected officials. Parish website links to this correspondence Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle
Parish wide theme: common goal so whole parish can unite with a shared sense of purpose. All committees and sub-groups develop projects or programs to "live their faith" toward that theme Our Lady of Sorrows-Snoqualmie

Animals as natural therapy

Sacred Heart-Bellingham
CST Programs: schedule occasional education and discussion of documents (e.g. Columbia River Letter "A Place at the Table"). This is usually led and facilitated by parishioners, not "experts" Sacred Heart-Bellingham
1 ½ hour study session after Masses (e.g. National Bishop's letter on immigration) Sacred Heart-Bellingham
Pax Christi groups: meet monthly for prayer, study and action Sacred Heart-Bellingham
Social Justice Book Club

Sacred Heart-Bellingham
Mary Queen of Peace-Sammamish

St. Matthew-Seattle

Health Ministry—post hospital care follow-up Sacred Heart-Bellingham
Mission experience—bring blankets, food, clothing to migrant workers

Sacred Heart-Lacey
St. Charles Boremo - Tacoma

Border crossing experience St. Charles Boremo - Tacoma
Support of migrant workers through drives and monthly visits Holy Family - Kirkland
St. Charles Boremo - Tacoma
Parish Nurse Program—check blood pressure, foot care for elderly/poor Sacred Heart-Lacey

Peace and Justice Commission

Our Lady of the Lake - Seattle
St. Anne-Seattle
St. Brendan
-Bothell
St. Luke - Shoreline
St. Rose - Longview
Bible Quilting (Thrusday mornings / Items donated to poor) Our Lady of the Lake - Seattle
Bible study classes St. Anne-Seattle
Mother's Group St. Anne-Seattle
Meet with local service programs to learn where help is needed and who is "falling through the cracks" St. Brendan-Bothell
"Dinner for 8": quarterly meal and social justice discussion group St. Brendan-Bothell
Social Justice Speaker Series

St. Brendan-Bothell
Our Lady of the Lake-Seattle

Special Lenten collection a particular organization or charity St. Bridget-Seattle
Joint JustFaith group with other parish St. Bridget-Seattle
Our Lady of the Lake - Seattle
Interfaith celebration including Jewish, Muslim and Christian people St. Francis of Assisi-Burien
AIDS Care team, providing practical assistance and emotional St. James-Seattle

ESL Courses

St. James-Seattle
Catholic Relief Services/Work of Human Hands Fair Trade advent bazaar
Fair Trade Fair
St. James-Seattle
Holy Family - Kirkland
Music Ministry St. James-Seattle
Pregnancy Support Ministry – providing practical assistance and emotional support to pregnant and newly parenting women St. James-Seattle
St. Michael-Olympia
Volunteer Chore – providing practical assistance to enable seniors to remain in their homes St. James-Seattle
Social justice movie night

St. Matthew-Seattle
Assumption-Seattle

Community Kitchen – Weekly meal prepared by one of several church groups

St. Michael-Snohomish
"Beyond Just Faith": participants continue to meet/share/support one or two nights per month
Just Faith Community Group
Just Matters
St. Michael-Olympia
Holy Family - Kirkland
St. Bridget-Seattle
Sunday bulletin social justice column with education/activities suggestions St. Michael-Olympia
Quarterly education programs tying social justice topics to current practice
(e.g. Fair Trade Sale, Church's teachings on Just War, Bread for the World letter writing and poverty/hunger education)
St. Michael-Olympia
Adult Education Programs Assumption-Seattle
Cabrini Ministry Training St. Bridget-Seattle
Each guild supports one or more agency (New Beginnings, Giving Tree, etc) with money & other donations Our Lady of the Lake - Seattle
Working with CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in drug-addicted or abusive families St. Rose - Longview

Detention Ministry
Choir members and parishioners provide music and worship for monthly mass at Neil Island Corrections Center Holy Disciples-Puyallup
Collect filled duffle bags for inmates upon release Holy Disciples-Puyallup
Collect toys for father-child gift exchange Holy Disciples-Puyallup
Collect yarn for inmates to knit scarves and hats for homeless and other people in need Holy Disciples-Puyallup
Bible Study with children at Echo Glen, Washington's Juvenile Detention Center Our Lady of Sorrows- Snoqualmie
Solanus Casey Center—joint ministry provides information and referrals for homeless persons and persons transitioning from detention St. James-Seattle

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