Serve with Us Through Social Concerns
Works of love directed to one's neighbor are the most perfect external manifestation of the interior grace of the Spirit….Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel #37
St. John Neumann is a faith community centered in Prayer and Eucharist. An integral part of our parish mission is our Social Concerns. Social Concerns has two parts, advocacy and service. Advocacy calls us to be aware of the poor and the issues they face. Service calls us to reach out to those in need. Pope Francis has reminded us that as Christians we are all called to serve the poor. Jesus taught us that “Whatever you do for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Social Concerns is open to everyone in the St. John Neumann community. Families, teens, single, married, working, retired – everyone is welcome and encouraged to help in whatever way they can.
As part of advocacy, Social Concerns tries to raise awareness about the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. We have speakers about such topics as immigration, refugees, human trafficking, and fair trade. Our Social Concerns Book Club reads and discusses books on social issues like Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the care of the earth. Once a month Fair Trade Coffee is sold after all the Masses. This is to raise awareness of how paying a just price for coffee can improve the lives of small farmers around the world. We also serve Fair Trade coffee at parish functions such as our fish frys and coffee and donuts.
Social Concerns sponsors many service projects throughout the year. It is important to remember that everyone is welcome to help in whatever way they can. These service projects include:
- Quarterly food drives to benefit the Strongsville Food Bank and the food pantry at St. Boniface.
- Bi-monthly meals at Procop House and Fulton House, two transitional houses for men who were formerly homeless.
- Quarterly brunch at St. Herman’s House of Hospitality.
- Quarterly dinner at St. Patrick’s on Bridge Ave.
- Brunch at the West Side Catholic Center Women’s Shelter.
- Brunch at Ronald McDonald House.
- Household goods drive for Catholic Charities Refugee Services.
- Martha’s Meals ministry which takes meals to parishioners who are homebound.
- Sorting medical supplies which are repurposed for third world countries at MedWish.
- Prayer Shawl ministry where parishioners knit, crochet, or quilt prayer shawls or lap blankets for people who are ill, facing surgery, or in hospice.
- Apostles Build Project for Habitat for Humanity where volunteers will work to help rehab a house for a low-income family.
- Giving Tree at Christmas where parishioners buy toys, clothing, and other gifts for needy individuals.
- Weekend of Hope – Parish-wide service days held each year at the beginning of the Advent Christmas Season.
Note: Our Social Concerns activities are funded by the Hope Fund. The Hope Fund money is received from the sale of ornaments on our Trees of Hope, and from our Fish Fry for the Poor. St. John Neumann St. Vincent de Paul also funds many of our activities through the envelope for the needy in the monthly envelopes.
In this section of the website, you can learn about our outreach programs. If you are interested in being part of our outreach, please call the parish office 440-238-1770 or use the Contact Us Form.