Socials Concerns Ministry


Change the World Flyer 2017.pdf


Help Needed

What: A team to place and then retrieve

101 American flags on the church lawn

When: Veteran's Day weekend.

E-mail Bruce today if you can help

Notes Taken From

Cardinal Tobin's Refugee Resettlement Initiative

Thanks to Anna Yanicak

1st Speaker:

Deacon Greg Kandra - Media Editor for Catholic Near East Welfare Agency (CNEWA)

Deacon Kandra begun the meeting reciting a well known Gospel According to Luke, “Love your God with all your heart, with all your soul... Love your neighbor the same way”.

Deacon Kandra asked: “Who is my neighbor?”

He continued this thought by reading gospel about the Good Samaritan. He related this gospel to our life and how we live it.

He said, “What matters in our life is the ROAD, the JOURNEY, and how we act and care about others on that journey.”

Deacon Kandra said: “Good Samaritan thinks, “ if I DO NOT stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” This is the hallmark of a “good samaritan.”

He then asked: “What can we do?

“Go” Jesus said. “Go and do likewise.”

(Side note: these last words were so powerful that people at the meeting began to clap!)


2nd Speaker:

Mr. Philip W. Eubanks (Development Associate with CNEWA)

Mr. Eubanks begun his presentation by mentioning that CNEWA is a 90 year old agency. He said that this agency acts like a big bridge that connects US with the Middle Eastern population and their churches. He spoke about his personal experiences in Lebanon with Syrian refugees. He showed us slideshow pictures of children who touched his heart, and the Sisters who helped educate children and adults in the schools they built there.


3rd Speaker:

Ms. Maria F. Biancheri - Senior Grants Specialist, Archdiocese of Newark, Catholic Charities.

Her presentation was an informational slideshow about the Refugee Resettlement, the numbers, ratios, security points the refugees have to go through (same one as the one we saw at the St. Mary’s Social Concern meeting).



Pope Francis said at the All Saints Mass in Switzerland:

“Blessed are those who work in the inner-faith way”


Questions and Answers:

Q: Where can we donate items (question aimed for Maria)

A: Donation area can be found on our website:

Q: What is needed the most?

A: Baby items! as these items get used up the quickest!


A lady spoke on behalf of St. Teresa of Calcutta parish in Montclair, NJ stating that they have a team of 70 people helping out with the refugee resettlement! So far they have helped 2 refugee men. The donations given to these men were: volunteers driving them to needed places, a computer, driving lessons, a car, etc. One of these men is relocated near Paterson due to a large mosque there, the other one lives in Montclair.



Another issue not touched yet is DEPORTATION.

We need to talk about it!


Hope this helps :) I will bring handouts tomorrow.



Team members needed to plan a

Syrian Supper

An evening of food, conversation and cultural exchange


This week's Liturgical Notes

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Next Care Kitchen: Saturday, December 23rd

The main course for this meal (lasagna) will be donated fully prepared. Help is needed particularly in

set-up (8:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.) and clean up (11:30 - 1:30 p.m.)

Want to be a part of the team? Come, join us!

a. Set –up crew (8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.)

b. Inside cooks and prep (9:30 a.m. – 12 noon)

c. Servers & Clean up (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

d. All of the above

You may be wondering; "This is it?" "Just show up? Yes! The beauty of our team is there are always enough hands willing to chop, cook, welcome and talk with our guests, serve and clean.

Click Here to read about Social Concerns in the St. Mary's Bulletin

Be sure to follow the link to David Miliband's TED talk at the end of the article

St. Mary's care kitchen team preparing lunch

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