Social Concerns Committee
The Social Concerns committee seeks, first of all, to raise the consciousness of the parish community in terms of social responsibility, emphasizing that the primary obligation of Christians, while growing in relationship with God, is to be bearers of the Gospel message of peace and non-violence in our world. Further, it strives to investigate the social needs of the community, formulating and implementing action to combat identified injustices.
Some of the annual projects that are part of the committee, include Advent CRS Fair Trade Sale, Operation Rice Bowl, Book Bags Project, Migrant Works Hygiene Kit Project.
Throughout the year we sale Just Haiti Coffee to support the people of Haiti and provide weekly dinners for the homeless and collect food donations for Jefferson County Community Ministries Food Pantry.
Consider becoming a member of Social Concerns to help in the many projects we do throughout the year.
Chair: Dan VanBelleghem
Education for Girls in Kolofata
The project to educate girls from Kolofata, Cameroon started from the collaboration of 90 year old St. Agnes parishioner, Joe Talago, who had come to the realization that the best way to promote the development of any society is to educate its girls and women, and Ellen Einterz, MD (Life and Death in Kolofata, Indiana Press) who had spent 24 years striving to bring better health to the people of Kolofata. This rural, semi-arid, subtropical, subsistence farming region is in the northern tip of Cameroon adjacent to eastern Nigeria. Joe wanted to sponsor the education of a girl from a developing country. Ellen showed Joe how he could sponsor the education of 6 girls for the cost of educating one girl in the US. So was born the Kolofata Scholarship project. From the beginning this project has been full of surprises and some disappointments. Before Joe died he asked St. Agnes to continue this effort.
For more information and to donate to the Kolofata Scholarship fund, read Dr. Einterz’s summary of the background of the project and hopes for its continuance.
Ugly Sleeping Bag Ministry
Ugly Sleeping Bag Ministry is a group of sewers and non-sewers that gather monthly to make sleeping bags for the homeless. Sleeping bags are assembled from donated queen/king sheets, blankets, comforters, and men’s ties; they are then distributed to two agencies serving the homeless in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties.
If you can sew or want to learn, join the Ugly Sleeping Bag Ministry.
Chair: Barbara Mueller