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
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
Catholic Charities of WV (CCWV), Eastern Regional Office
Catholic Charities of WV provides a variety of services to low-income families in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. The focus is on stabilization and case management programs, along with financial assistance in case by case situations. The office maintains a personal care closet, which distributes hygiene and cleaning products to clients in need of such items.
Drop us an email or give us a call if you’d like to learn more.
Contact: Siobhan Bertone
304.267.8837 ext 10
To access assistance with Migration and Refugee Services, call 304.267.3071
Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes Council
Knights of Columbus is a world-wide fraternal organization with over 13,000 councils. The St. Agnes Council focuses on six areas: Church, Community, Council, Family, Youth, and Pro-life.
The Knights sponsor a number of activities and programs, including youth basketball free-throw contest, collecting funds for local autism programs through their annual Tootsie Roll drive, Coats for Kids program, and providing assistance for parish events and activities throughout the year.
Monthly meetings are open to all adult men age 18 or older in the parish.
Contact: Stan Nelson
St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP)
St. Vincent de Paul provides direct financial assistance to needy parishioners and residents of Jefferson County, to include assistance with rent, utilities, medical bills and other similar expenses.
The St. Agnes SVdP works on a referral basis, through St. Agnes parishioners and referrals from Catholic Charities WV, Martinsburg and Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM).
Once referred, information is gathered by a 2-person team that visits the applicant in their home at a mutually agreed time and date. Funding is primarily provided through donations from St. Agnes parishioners.
St. Vincent de Paul is always looking for additional volunteers, so let them know if you’re interested in becoming a member.
President: Lenearo E. Ashford