Informed by Catholic social teaching and the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Faith Doing Justice Ministry at St. Mary Student Parish seeks to provide opportunities for students and parishioners to grow in faith and love through acts of justice and charity.


Programs and Events

FEAST DAY OF SERVICE

Save the date for the Feast Day of Service, Saturday, December 9! Join us for Mass, lunch, and an afternoon of service in the community.

Please sign up : St. Mary Student Parish: Feast Day of Service Sign Up (signupgenius.com)

Contact Faith Doing Justice Coordinator, Julia Novotny (jnovotny@smspnewman.org), with questions or for more information.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES:

Mercy House 

  • Mercy House is a homeless hospitality house located in downtown Ann Arbor. It provides services to the homeless population of Ann Arbor including meals, clothing, laundry, showers, etc. Volunteers primarily help run the Monday and Wednesday dinner and Saturday breakfast operation.
  • Volunteer Monday & Wednesday evenings, Saturdays
  • Info and Sign-up 

Refugee Co-Sponsorship

  • SMSP is currently co-sponsoring (with Jewish Family Services) a refugee family of five from Honduras. We’ve helped the family find housing, employment, enroll in school, attend health appointments, and adjust to life in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Contact: refugeeprogram@smspnewman.org 

Immigration Team

  • Immigration support, accompaniment to Immigration Court and Check-ins, English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Contact: Rosa Luz Postigo, rpostigo@smspnewman.org

Anti-Racism Working Group

  • Monthly meetings, Racial Equity Reflection Group, Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism,
  • Contact: Julia Novotny jnovotny@smspnewman.org

St. Mary’s Pro-Life Ministry

  • Student leadership group, Educational & volunteer opportunities, attend March For Life, weekly Rosary or devotional opportunity, make baby blankets, Diaper Drive & Deck the Dresser, pray Rosaries outside of Planned Parenthood
  • Contact: Laura Durocher, durochla@umich.edu

JustFaith

  • Presented through the lens of the Christian tradition, JustFaith Ministries’ Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege is a nine-session program that awakens individuals and groups to racial injustices within our systems and structures.
  • Contact: Karen Thomas, karenbthomas2@gmail.com

LGBTQ Outreach Ministry

  • A community of care, support, formation, reconciliation, and witness to justice with and among gay and lesbian persons, parents, family members, and friends.
  • Private and confidential meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
  • Contact: Rodrigo rodri_cg@hotmail.com or Cynthia jcynthia@umich.edu

Women of the Heart

  • Women seeking to enrich their spirituality through presentations, reflection, discussion, prayer, and relationships with one another.
  • Thursday mornings from 10:15am-12pm
  • Contact Julie Mussio, jmussio@smspnewman.org

Caring for Our Common Home

Implement Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si and the Universal Apostolic Preference of the Society of Jesus “Caring for Our Common Home” at St. Mary Student Parish.

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