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

Upcoming Events:

  • Men’s Overnight Shelter at SMSP: November 14-20, 2022
  • Feast Day of Service: December 3, 2022
    • Parish service day at many locations to honor the Immaculate Conception Feast. 
    • Sign up here
  • Advent Giving Tree 2023
    • Donate and deliver Christmas gifts to agencies across Southeast Michigan.  
  • Daytime Warming Center at SMSP: Tuesday and Thursday in February, 2023
    • Provides meals, clothing, shelter, and community from 8am-4pm. 
  • CrossRoads Easter Meal
    • On Easter Sunday, the St. Mary’s community prepares and serves dinner at Crossroads Soup Kitchen in downtown Detroit.

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: Rita Zyber, rzyber@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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