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The Social Justice Ministry at Holy Trinity seeks to promote justice in our local and global communities by operating through five core practices: Drives and Donations, Direct Service to the poor, Education, Prayer and Reflection, and Advocacy.
WINTER SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS
In conjunction with other congregations in Georgetown, HT hosts a number of homeless men and women during the period December 21st to January 3rd. If you are able to cook or serve a meal or stay overnight during the period, please contact Mike Conway at Mikeconway72@gmail.com.
Each year the parish engages in a fairly extensive set of Christmas Giving programs. The religious education classes support newly arrived immigrant families through the Spanish Catholic Center in Wheaton. The school and parish support an additional 11 organizations that support and assist homeless men, women, children, and families through the Giving Tree. And, the 9:00 am Sunday liturgy conducts its Toy Sunday drive for Sursum Corda. This year, as in past years, the parish was incredibly generous.
First and most importantly, the children at HTS made about 1300 candle ornaments during art class. They were beautiful and clearly made with love. Also, we were able to provide all of the gifts requested on through the Giving Tree (about 2,000 gifts) and for the 33 families involved in families-to-families. A truck of toys also made its way across town to Sursum Corda.
The organizations we assisted through the Giving Tree are as follows:
Social Justice Kick-Off
Direct service allows parishioners a chance to witness the lived experience of the poor, to see their own lived experienced in a new light, and to begin a process of relationship-building where all are invited to change their lives for the better. This collective transformation and renewal is what inspires us to continue living our faith and seeking justice.
In addition to direct service opportunities inside and outside the parish, there are opportunities for parishioners to help form the strategic direction of the work of the ministry in the following areas: Volunteer Engagement, Advocacy and Education, Events and Hospitality, Tithe and Capital Campaign, and Communications. If you are being called to give your time and talent to building up any of these areas, please contact Kate Tromble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education not only involves learning about social injustices happening in our world, but also discerning God's spirit and the Greater Good (magis) in prayer and reflection on what is happening in our hearts and habits.
Advocacy and Structural Justice includes engaging with elected officials about matters affecting the poor and other disenfranchised members of the community in order to effect positive structural change.
Ongoing solidarity work and education on global justice issues help support the relationship-building delegations to our sister parishes in El Salvador (Maria, Madre de los Pobres) and Haiti (St. Jean Baptiste).
Holy Trinity has made a commitment to donate a tithe (10% of the parish's ordinary income) to various social service, advocacy, educational, and Jesuit-related organizations that serve the poor. Every spring, parishioners on a committee review proposals for tithe funds and make recommendations to the pastor. The following organizations received grants from Holy Trinity's 2014 tithe.
|Holy Trinity School||$110,000|
|Washington Jesuit Academy||$15,000|
|Washington School for Girls||$15,000|
|St Jean Baptiste (Haiti)||$28,500|
|Maria Madre de los Pobres (El Salvador)||$35,000|
|St Thomas School (India)||$12,000|
|Loyola Secondary School (South Sudan)||$10,000|
|Good Faith Communities Coalition||$45,000|
|DC Fiscal Policy Institute||$10,000|
|A Wider Circle||$3,000|
|Catholic Charities Parish Partners||$5,000|
|Dog Tag Bakery||$3,000|
|Emmaus Services for the Aging||$3,000|
|Fr. McKenna Center||$3,000|
|Georgetown Ministry Center||$5,000|
|Holy Trinity's Georgetown Sunday Suppers||$5,000|
|Hope and a Home||$4,000|
|Ignatian Spirituality Project||$5,000|
|Keys for the Homeless||$4,500|
|New Endeavors for Women||$3,000|
|Open Arms Housing||$4,000|
|Catholic Charities - Welcome Home/Prison Outreach||$5,000|
|Rachel's Women's Center||$4,000|
|Sacred Heart Dinner Program||$3,000|
|So Others Might Eat (SOME)||$3,000|
|Spanish Catholic Center Dental Clinic||$5,000|
|St. Ann's Center for Children and Families||$5,000|
|The Northwest (Pregnancy) Center||$4,000|
|Transition Assistance Program||$4,000|
|Washington English Center||$3,000|
|Catholic Relief Services - Ebola Response||$5,000|
The poor cannot lift themselves up with their bootstraps because they have no boots.
~ Father McKenna