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:

  • Men’s Overnight Rotating Shelter at SMSP November 29-Dec 5
    • During the week of November 29-Dec 5, our parish community will host the Men’s Overnight Shelter in Newman Hall. We need volunteers to assist with snacks and an activities when the men arrive around 7:30-8pm, provide and assist with a snack, and four hosts to stay overnight in shifts
    • Signup here
  •  Feast Day of Service Saturday, December 4
    • Following in the footsteps of our patron Mary, SMSP celebrates our Feast Day of Service by saying yes to God’s call to live out a faith that does justice so that God and the kingdom may again become incarnate, breaking forth into the life of our community with power. Everyone in our parish community is welcome to participate in this celebratory day, including families and students!
    • See site info
    • SignUpGenius link here
  • Advent Giving Tree 
    • Advent Giving Tree gift tags will be available November 27 in the baskets located near the altar, in the atrium and at the back of church. We invite you to take a gift tag and purchase the requested gift to brighten the holiday season for someone in need.
    • Click here for a list of this year’s participating organizations.
    • Please note … All gifts are to be returned by Sunday 12/19. 
  • Warming Center at SMSP January 3-28, 2022
    • During the month of January, our parish community provides a welcoming, safe, and warm environment where people experiencing homelessness can find companionship, food, and rest. The Daytime Warming Center provides an amazing opportunity to get to know our neighbors and to enter into deep solidarity through service of the most vulnerable.
    • The center is open M-F throughout the whole month of January from 8:30AM-4:00PM. Volunteers can sign up to bring lunch, snack, or to be a host.
    • Signup here 

Contact Fr. Bobby with any questions bkarle@smspnewman.org

Ongoing Service

  • Mercy House Volunteer  

 

BIPOC SCC

  • Sunday, October 10 from 9-10pm in the St. Mary Student Parish Loyola Room
  • An evening for BIPOC Catholics prayer, reflect, share, and enjoy some snacks.
  • Click here to register or contact: Ruby Pérez rubysp@umich.edu

 

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

Serve at Our Parish

Local Opportunities for Service

Undergraduate Student Service

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.