The Social Action Committee represents the St. Jude Parish Community in loving service to our fellow brothers and sisters through works of mercy seeking peace, justice and love for all. The committee strives to develop active participation of all parishioners in Social Justice issues through various projects undertaken to enhance the lives of all people through a greater awareness of Jesus Christ.
The Social Action Committee normally meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room of the Parish Center. All are welcome to attend.
Every month the Social Action Committee sponsors an event or project that will keep social justice issues in the forefront of our parish. Some examples of this are: loose change Lenten collection to benefit any organization in need (CEO, St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, Ruth’s Place, etc.); Mother Teresa Haven (evening meals, fellowship and collection of clothing and toiletries for homeless men); Migrant Workers kits of toiletries, school supplies etc.; carnation sale and baby bottle collection for Pennsylvanians for Human Life; blood drives; educational pieces/speakers on Social Justice issues; Feed-a-Friend; Giving Tree; voter registration; bereavement/memorial Mass/reception and bereavement support; writing letters of advocacy for social justice issues.
On-going Monthly Projects
Food collection Takes place the first Sunday of every month. The Mountaintop Food Bank is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Food may be placed in the buckets found in the annex and back of the main by the Pieta statue.
St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen Volunteers help prepare and serve lunch once a month. Check the bulletin for dates. Volunteers meet at the Parish Center and drive down together.
Mountaintop Attic Furniture and household items are collected and distributed to those in need in Mountaintop and the surrounding areas. If you have items that you would like to donate or are in need of furniture, have a vehicle to help transport, have time to volunteer to in moving and delivering furniture, please call the Parish Center 474-6315. Help is always needed and gratefully accepted.
Parish Nurses Twice monthly on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, our parish nurses take blood pressures in the kitchen of the parish center from 6:00-8:00 PM. All are welcome and prior registration is not needed. The Parish Nurses also plan and carry out a health fair every two years and provide health education projects that benefit the parish and outside community.
Call to Action Volunteers are available to:
- Drive those in need of assistance to doctor's appointments, the grocery store or other errands
- Prepare and deliver a dinner during a family emergency
- Relieve caregivers: sitting with a shut-in for a few hours so their caregiver can have some personal time away from the house
- Visit shut-ins once a week for an hour or so
If you would like to become a Call to Action volunteer or are in need of any of the above services, call the Parish Center, 474-6315.