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.


Programs and Events (scroll down for more details)

  • Annual Events:
    • Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: D.C. | October 22-22
    • Alpha House: Fall, 2022 & Spring, 2023
    • Men’s Overnight Shelter at SMSP: November 14-20, 2022
    • Feast Day of Service: Fall, 2022 (date TBD)
    • Advent Giving Tree 2023
    • January Warming Center: January, 2023
    • March For Life: D.C. | January 20, 2023
    • Alternative Spring Break
  • Ongoing opportunities:
    • Mercy House: Monday & Wednesday evenings, Saturdays
    • Refugee Co-Sponsorship (awaiting our match)
  • Immigration Team
    • Strangers No Longer – immigration support team
    • Accompaniment to Immigration Court and Check-ins (Drivers Group)
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes – 12:45 PM every Sunday
    • Contact: Rosa Luz Postigo, rpostigo@smspnewman.org
  • Anti-Racism Working Group
    • UMMA Docent-Guided Tours of Art Through the Lens of Racism
    • JustFaith SCC
    • Racial Equity Reflection Group
    • Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism
    • Contact: Rita Zyber, rzyber@smspnewman.org
  • St. Mary’s Pro-Life Ministry
    • Student leadership group
    • Educational & volunteer opportunities, attend March For Life, weekly Rosary or devotional opportunity, make baby blankets, Diaper Drive & Deck the Dresser, pray Rosaries outside of Planned Parenthood
    • Contact: Laura Durocher, durochla@umich.edu
  • JustFaith
    • Presented through the lens of the Christian tradition, JustFaith Ministries’ Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege is a nine-session program that awakens individuals and groups to racial injustices within our systems and structures.
    • Contact: Karen Thomas, karenbthomas2@gmail.com
  • LGBTQ Outreach Ministry
    • A community of care, support, formation, reconciliation, and witness to justice with and among gay and lesbian persons, parents, family members, and friends.
    • Private and confidential meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
    • Contact: Rodrigo rodri_cg@hotmail.com or Cynthia jcynthia@umich.edu
  • Women of the Heart
    • Women seeking to enrich their spirituality through presentations, reflection, discussion, prayer, and relationships with one another.
    • Thursday mornings from 10:15am-12pm
    • Contact Julie Mussio, jmussio@smspnewman.org
  • Caring for Our Common Home
    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    • Compost: paper products, food scraps
    • Use alternative transportation: Bike, walk, public transportation
    • Consume consciously: Buy local, fair-trade, second-hand
    • Avoid plastic: use reusable bags when shopping
    • Limit water use
    • How can we further embrace this call?
    • Contact Fr. Bobby to help further this important work.

Refugee co-sponsorship: the family has arrived! 

Good news!  We welcomed the family of five from Honduras on July 6. The family members are: a 57-year-old female, 24-year-old female, 18-year-old male, 12-year-old male, and 2-year-old male. They are currently living in temporary housing and will move into an apartment in Ann Arbor in late-August.

Help us furnish their apartment! Now that we know the makeup of the family, we can continue gathering furnishings for their apartment. Please visit the SignUpGenius if you are able to donate household items.

For more information contact: Lauren Wojciechowski (lwojo@umich.edu)

 


Sr. Norma at St. Mary on Sunday, June 26

Sr. Norma Pimentel, M. J. will speak at the 10 AM and 2 PM Masses with coffee, donuts, and conversation to follow the 10:00AM mass on Sunday, June 26.
Sr. Norma is the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, which includes the Humanitarian Respite Center for migrants in McAllen, TX (catholiccharitiesrgv.org/respitecenter/home.aspx). She has been widely praised for her work with migrants and refugees by both the Church and secular organizations (ignatiansolidarity.net/sr-norma-pimentel/).
We need a few volunteers to help with the reception after the 10am and 2pm masses.

Responding to Gun Violence

Here are some ways to respond:
What are some ways you have found helpful to respond?
What are some ways St. Mary Student Parish can respond?

IGNATIAN FAMILY TEACH-IN FOR JUSTICE

OCT 22-24, 2022 in Washington, DC
Open for Students and Resident Parishioners!
The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is a weekend gathering (Oct. 22-24) in Washington D.C. where Jesuit schools and organizations come together to learn, pray, reflect, & advocate together. Join a group of St. Mary students and parishioners as we learn more about social justice in the context of our faith.

Click here to apply


March 24 Oscar Romero Event

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.

 


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.