Ministries Social Concerns

Notes from the Service & Outreach Group

Fair Trade Coffee

And tea, chocolate bars, and hot cocoa mix is sold after all the masses on certain weekends.  Coffee is $8, cocoa mix $6, tea $4 and chocolate bars $3.  These products are sold at cost; it is not a fundraiser.  Buying fair trade products is an easy way to practice Catholic Social Justice by helping farmers get a fair price for their product and it produces a living wage for them.  Stop by pick up information and lern more about Fair Trade.

Food Drive

Periodically members of our Social Concerns committee will be handing out plastic bags after all the Masses.  Please take a bag and return it with non-perishable food items and/or paper products.  These items will be donated to the Strongsville Food Bank and the St. Boniface Food Bank.  Watch the bulletin for dates of Food Drives. 

Reach Out

The Social Concerns Service and Outreach Group wants to reach out to those in the parish who may be lonely. If you would like to volunteer to be a phone friend who would phone one of these individuals once a week, contact the rectory. You may also refer yourself, a parishioner, or a family member for the Phone Friend Program

Maggie’s Place

Maggie’s Place is a community based home for expectant mothers who are alone and in need of a dignified and welcoming atmosphere. The home, which is located in Parma, will open this summer. The SJN Social Concerns Group will furnish and decorate a mother’s room and a baby’s room. Some of the items that are needed are: a twin bed, under-the bed storage containers, a small crib, a bassinet, a tall and skinny dresser, and a comfortable small chair. If you have any of these items or anything else that you think would be useful, please let us know. Also, if anyone has a small amount of neutral colored carpeting that they would be willing to donate or if anyone has experience installing carpeting and would they be willing to install it in a small room, please call Marty Zachlin 440-238-2376.

Procop House

This is a men's transitional home at which some of our parishioners prepare a meal twice a month.  The House has recently expanded into a second facility near the existing house on West 41st Street in Cleveland.  This additional home is in need os some repair and painting.  If you can help with either the preparation and/or delivery of food, or can help with the upgrading of Procop House please call Marty Zachlin 440-238-2376 or Thomas Magyar 216-210-4525

Furniture Roundup

As you begin your spring cleaning, look around and see if you have any gently used furniture that you would like to donate to the needy. Call the Cleveland Furniture Bank 216-459- 2265x200 to schedule a pickup.  Or watch the bulletin for when a drop-off is scheduled right here in the St. John's Parking Lot

 New Ideas and Projects

The Service and Outreach group is also open to new ideas and other projects. All are welcome and encouraged to become involved in whatever way they can. Continue to read the bulletins to find the next meeting for the Service and Outreach Group or read the Quarterly Newsletter for opportunites to present your ideas.