Informed by Catholic social teaching and the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Faith Doing Justice Ministry at St. Mary Student Parish seeks to provide opportunities for students and parishioners to grow in faith and love through acts of justice and charity.

 


Upcoming events:

Refugee co-sponsorship

Our Refugee Co-Sponsorship is off to a great start! We have 50+ passionate volunteers organized into 8 teams, and are expecting to be matched with a family sometime in March. Our official volunteer team has been filled, but if you’d like you can fill out this form and we will contact you in the future if we need any further assistance.

We have also received some exciting news! An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $15,000 for the Refugee co-sponsorship program. Please help us reach our goal of $15,000 by the end of this month. Donations will remain in the SMSP Refugee Co-sponsorship fund and will support our current and ongoing refugee co-sponsorships through our Parish. To donate, visit giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/smsp

Our housing team needs YOUR help! Not only do we need to find an apartment for the family we’ll be sponsoring, but also need to get all of the items to make it a true home. Click here to see how you can help!

If you have any questions or comments, reach out to Lauren at lwojo@umich.edu


March 24 Oscar Romero Event

6pm at SMSP (In-person and Zoom)

Keynote speaker: Oscar A. Chacón and reflections from students on ASB El Salvador trip

Keynote address by Oscar Chacón, co-founder and executive director of Alianza Americas, and reflections from students of the Alternative Spring Break in El Salvador trip. Speakers share about the history of El Salvador and the Martyrs, the connection with the Jesuit and Ignatian family, and explore how we can live a faith that does justice in the here and now.

MLK Speaker: All are welcome – but are they?’ Making the Church a place of Welcome in the Midst of an Unwelcoming World.

  • Mr. Thorne is the Executive Director of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance and Former Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is speaking to help area parishes frame racism both in a historical context, as well as a current context in relation to recent events in our country, including the Black Lives Matter movement. He will also provide steps that will lead us to making the Church a place of welcome for all.
  • A native of Detroit, he also teaches theology at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He has been active in the Archdiocese for many years. Through his work, both in parishes, and in community development, he has tried to call others into the work of antiracism and equity.

Check out the video below and share your feedback/ suggestions for next steps in the feedback form.

Click here for Feedback Form

 


Ongoing Service

Mercy House Volunteer

  • Volunteers spend time with guests, assist with meals, and other needs
  • Optional times: Monday & Wednesday evenings (5:30-8:30), or Saturday (9am-2pm)
    • You are welcome to volunteer for as much time as you are able on these days.
  • Signup to volunteer 
  • Mercy House Info

Daytime Warming Center

The Daytime Warming Center will be moving back to Journey of Faith for the month of March. Click the links below to help support the DWC staff in the home stretch of the warming center with volunteers, food, and laundry.

 


Implementing Laudato Si’ and Care for our Common Home at St. Mary Student Parish

Discerning a response to the ecological crisis is a profound act of care. At this kairos moment, action is needed. The Laudato Si’ Goals guide our actions. Their holistic approach supports a spiritual and cultural revolution as we strive for total sustainability in the spirit of integral ecology.

Helpful links:

What should SMSP prioritize? How would you like to participate? Share your ideas here.


Working Groups and Advocacy Teams 

Strangers No Longer: Support our immigrant family – Rooted in Christ’s call to recognize Him in one another, especially in the marginalized, St. Mary Student Parish loves and welcomes our immigrant brothers and sisters. We serve as a safe home and dynamic resource for our immigrant and non-immigrant communities by providing pastoral care, education, and advocacy opportunities all based in mutual companionship.

Antiracism Working Group – The Antiracism Working Group seeks racial justice by practicing accompaniment, education and action. As a working group, we seek concrete solutions to confront and dismantle racism in our St. Mary parish community and also collaborate with local organizations and parishes to support each other in this work. We sponsor parish-wide educational events, liturgies and prayer services, and other projects. Learning together, we practice communal prayer and discernment, and encourage each other toward continued conversion through dialogue and reflection. We hope to help create an antiracist St. Mary Student Parish, a Beloved Community in the image of Jesus’s love.

Service Opportunities

Opportunities for Students. 

Are you a student looking to serve with other students? Make sure to check out Alternative Spring Break!

Are you part of an organization looking for student volunteers? Contact our parish office to explore a partnership with St. Mary.

Contact Fr. Bobby Karle, SJ with questions.