Social Justice

The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission strives to put Faith into Action.  We are committed to serve all God’s people and His creation In All Seasons by participating in charitable works of Social Action and by fostering a keen awareness of Social Justice.  We share concern for all people and their rights and responsibilities, as individuals and as family, with special regard for the poor and vulnerable.

Chairperson of Social Justice:  Dimy Doresca  click here for email   


The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission is preparing for the bi-annual Tithing Grant disbursement of $4000 on July 8th.  If you are interested in applying for your favorite charitable organization to receive a donation, please fill out the Application below. 

Applications will be accepted through June 29th.

Please click here for the Tithing Grant Application

 


Upcoming Habitat for Humanity Opportunity

HELP BUILD A DREAM!

Help a low-income family build their dream of home ownership by working with Habitat for Humanity.   

St. Thomas More is working with Habitat for Humanity (HOH) to help Amir and Insaf realize their dream.

Put the planned St. Thomas More work day of June 23 on your calendar.

We are anticipating having an additional work day for this project later in the summer.

We will be working on their new home which located at 928 n. Governor Street, Iowa City. 

Please click here for more info

 


On the weekend of April 14-15, 2018, the Social Justice Commission hosted a letter-writing event calling upon our government to support and retain programs that serve the poor.  Click here for a link to the article.

 A huge THANK YOU from the Social Justice Commission to the parish for strong engagement during the recent Offering of Letters the weekend of April 14/15.  Partnering with Bread for the World, a Christian advocacy group, we were able to write 170 letters to advocate for the continuation of programs in the fiscal year 2019 federal budget to address hunger and poverty at home and abroad.  These letters will be hand delivered to our Senators and Representatives in Washington DC on Bread for the World's lobby day on June 12.  To continue to stay informed and to take action on issues important to our faith, please click on one of the following links:  Iowa Catholic Conference    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

     

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The Iowa City Catholic Worker House will hold their second annual fundraiser dinner and anniversary party Sun, April 29, from 4-6:30pm, at St Patrick Parish Hall. $10 a plate or $25 for families. Live music by Home Brewed rockabilly band. University of St. Thomas professor Anne Klejment will give a keynote speech "From Union Square to Heaven: The Catholic Worker Movement and Why Dorothy Day Still Matters". Please join us as we celebrate and raise money for another year of prayer, housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, and serving the poor.  Click here for more info

 

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The St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus and the Social Justice Commission would like to thank the parish community for its recent support of its (third annual) Spaghetti Supper fundraising event.  Delicious food and good company was shared by all in attendance.  All proceeds from the event will be directed to the Iowa City Free Lunch Program (icflp.org/) which our parish continues to actively support through gifts of time and treasure.  A special thank you to all the volunteers and those who donated food to the event to make it a success.

     

 

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Thank you to all who recently came to hear Kathy Kelly speak at St. Thomas More.  Kathy is a coordinator for Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.  Her remarks helped to paint a vivid picture of war torn regions of the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen and the plight of innocent women and children.   As Father Adam described, Kathy is a "prophet among us" and shared stories from refugees based on numerous trips to the region that we need to hear. 

Kathy asked that we act and reach out to our elected official to ask where they stand on House Resolution 81.  This is a resolution to help remove the US Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in Yemen.  See attached link for more details. 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities With The Social Justice Commission

  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORK DAY

    Check back here for additional work days with Habitat for Humanity.  

     

    What you need to know:

    • Days are divided into 4 hour morning and afternoon shifts.  You can choose to work either a half or whole day. 
    • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to be on the construction site.
    • Everyone ages 17 and under must provide a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
    • Everyone must fill out an annual safety waiver.  You must be there at the start of your shift to review safety instructions and daily tasks.
    • Everything you need will be at your volunteer location, but you are welcome to bring your own tools &/or materials. 
    • Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.
    • No prior knowledge or skills in construction is necessary. 

     

    For more information, contact Peggy Lyon at lyon1013@gmail.com or (319)230-3059  or Mark Ray at (804)243-0562 or markdavray@gmail.com

please click here to view full album

 

  • FAIR TRADE SALE - The STM Social Justice Committee and Green Team will begin selling Fair Trade coffees, teas and other seasonal products the first Sunday of each month beginning in October. Cash and checks will be accepted. Purchasing Fair Trade products helps producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions while also promoting sustainable farming practices. More information can be found at www.equalexchange.coop/fair-trade"

 

  • "The Last Shall Be First" Food Drive

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"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripplies." 

                             ~Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

  • The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission would like to thank the parish community for its recent support of its Action for Africa Love Beyond Borders fundraiser lunch event.  Everyone enjoyed delicious traditional African fare and helped to contribute $1,200 toward supporting this not-for-profit founded by parishioner Veve N'Duhirahe.  Proceeds will be used to purchase and send medical supplies to the Diocese of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they will be sent to rural areas of need as well as local clinics and hospitals.  Thank you so much for your strong support in helping those in need.

Pictures from the Action for Africa fundraiser lunch: 

           

 

  • Photos from other Social Justice Commission activities  

 Rice Bowl 1  Rice Bowl 2  Rice Bowl 3

Rice Bowl 4  Rice Bowl 5   Rice Bowl 6

Rice Bowl 7  Rice Bowl 8   Rice Bowl 9

  

Domestic Help

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Johnson County Crisis Center

Natural Family Planning

Shelter House

Table to Table

Free Lunch Program

Coralville Food Pantry

North Liberty Food Pantry

Catholic Worker House

Habitat For Humanity

 

Other Resources/Faith Support

Consultation of Religious Communities
Home Faith
Cyber Faith
Rachel’s Vineyard
Vatican-Holy See
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Diocese of Davenport
Newman Center (Iowa City)
St. Mary’s (Iowa City)
St. Patrick’s (Iowa City)
St. Wenceslaus (Iowa City)

 

Catholic Schools

Regina Education