Addresses issues of concern to us as Christians such as social issues that impact the family and all of us as individuals; Respect for Life, the Homeless, the poor and the hungry. We currently take and share a dinner twice a month at Procop House and Fulton House, two transitional housing locations for men who were formerly homeless. Social Concerns also serves breakfast for the homeless at the Catholic Worker Storefront several times a year, sponsors a Thanksgiving Dinner Drive where parishioners contribute dinners to enable less fortunate families enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
Social Concerns sponsors a mission trip to Chiltiupan, El Salvador where we learn about the work of the Cleveland Diocesan Mission Team and serve the poor of this small mountainous town. Our Social Concerns group sells Fair Trade coffee, tea, hot cocoa and chocolate bars once a month after weekend Masses.
Other Social Concerns activities include serving meals at Ronald McDonald House, sorting food at the Cleveland Food Bank, collecting coats and setting up apartments for refugees through the Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services and packing medical equipment that will be sent to third world countries at MedWish. Social Concerns is always interested in new ideas of how we can serve others. New people are always encouraged to become involved.
Besides service and outreach activities, Social Concerns aims to educate parishioners about the impact of Catholic Social Teaching on various issues like immigration, the death penalty, human trafficking, consumerism, and other issues. Social Concerns sponsors speakers at its quarterly meetings to help us all understand these issues. A full schedule of events can be found by reading the Social Concerns column in our weekly bulletin, our parish website, and the St. John Neumann Social Concerns page on Facebook.