The formerly known Social Justice Committee is now a branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, an international organization which serves those in financial crisis and struggling to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and paying bills. Our association with them informs us of the local network of resources that are available as we seek to help those in our own parish neighborhood. Membership is open to all who are interested in this effort to help those who come to St. Jude requesting help.
Responding to Christ’s call to feed the hungry. The Lord’s Diner is a not-for- profit soup kitchen supported by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, operated by the community for the community. This ministry provides an evening meal seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays, to anyone who wants or needs a meal, no questions asked. This ministry is supported by volunteers from all denominations, including individuals and organizations. To volunteer at the Lord’s Diner all volunteers are required to obtain a Food Handler’s Card. Meals are prepared and served on site at The Lord’s Diner, 520 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67202. (316-266-4966) We at St. Jude volunteer and work the 4th Tuesday of each month, every month. There are 2 shifts: 12:00-4:00 P.M. and 5:15-8:00 P.M. The 12:00-4:00 shift helps with food prep, the 5:15-8:00 shift serves the meals and cleans up. We are always in need of help for both shifts.
The mission of the St. Jude Respect Life Committee is to be a force in promoting the sanctity of human life. We do this by promoting traditional family values in our parish and community. We encourage all to Pray and Fast that our society will uphold the sacredness of life from the moment of conception until natural death.
The Lord’s Pantry is a program supported by the parishioners of the parish to help supply groceries to those in need. It consists of a group of volunteers who shop for, sack, and distribute the groceries. It relies totally on donations from the parishioners for funding. These donations come in many forms such as monetary gifts, memorials, pancake breakfasts, collection of aluminum cans, school and PSR food drives, donations of groceries, and grants. The sacking and distribution of groceries is done on Monday mornings between 9 A.M. and 10 A.M. The Pantry has been blessed with many generous persons who contribute to its success. We can always use more help.