The Human Concerns Committee
This group collects food and funds which are given to the three local food closets in Palo Alto: Urban Ministry Downtown Food Closet, South Palo Alto Food Closet, and the St. Vincent de Paul emergency food supplies program. Food is distributed to the homeless, the unemployed, and other individuals in need.
JustFaith is a yearlong formation program based on the study of the Church's justice and peace traditions. Participants meet weekly to discuss current problems and issues through the lens of those traditions. The program features videos directed readings, scripture, speakers, short retreats and personal contact with the underprivileged. Experienced facilitators guide the discussions, working from a prepared syllabus. The goal is to develop personal spirituality and create the desire and provide the means to effect change. Aided by their personal and communal prayers, participants find support, energy and companionship for their efforts. For further information, contact Patricia Markee at (650) 493-6242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To visit the JustFaith website, click the icon above.
Our parish Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of PIA is one of 27 interfaith communities on the mid-peninsula working to address local community concerns identified through personal conversations with parishioners and parish focus groups. The St. Thomas Aquinas LOC's efforts include support for affordable housing, more inclusive medical care, mediation between landlords and tenants, and increased parish awareness of and assistance to St. Elizabeth Seton School. Click the icon for more information about PIA.
St. Vincent de Paul
The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a parish conference (part of an international organization) providing emergency assistance to those in need. The members coordinate services with other local groups and agencies. The parish takes a second collection on the fifth Sunday of the month for the Society's partial funding. For more information about our St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference, click the icon above.