SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE strives to address the issues of social need and concern withing the parish and the larger community it serves in an advocacy role on behalf o the needs of those in need. Below are some of the activities St. Jerome participates in.
BOXES OF JOY
December 2019 ... the total of our boxes of joy was 175 and 50 additional boxes from Saint Charles Parish. Thank you for all who were willing to shop for a young girl or boy so that they might have a Christmas gift for the first time in their life. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
BABY BOTTLE FUNDRAISER FOR HOPE CENTER OF MAYFIELD
It's time for change! From January 19 - March 29, 2020, St. Jerome will be joining the Hope Center to help change lives through their annual Baby Bottle Fundraiser. Your part: take a baby bottle home, fill it up with coins, cash or a check (made payable to Hope Center) and return it to the church (date to be determined). It is that simple. Please pray for the ministry of Hope Center during this time. (Reminder: Please return all bottles, we lose about 100-125 bottles every year and the Hope Center has to replace them. If you do not plan on returning, please do not take the bottle.) Thank you for your generosity!
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PROGRAM
The month of January in the Catholic Church is recognized as the month for the Sanctity of Human Life. Once again our parish will sponsor the Spiritual Adoption Program. Members of St. Jerome will have the opportunity to "spiritually" adopt a child who is newly conceived this month. You may "adopt" a child individually or as a family by signing up during the weekend of January 25th & 26th. You will be asked to name the child for whom you will be praying, thereby giving the baby the humanity he or she deserves. You will receive monthly reports through the parish bulletin describing your baby's development and your child will be born in October. In October we will have a baby shower!
The Spiritual Adoption Program saves the lives of unborn children at risk of abortion. This is accomplished through intercessory prayer. Individuals pledge to pray daily for nine months for the life of an unborn baby to be spared from abortion. Although the child is unknown to the person praying, God knows the identity of the child and hears the prayer asking for protection of the unborn child.