Social Justice Commission

Jesus said, “Whatsoever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40)

Inspired by our Lord’s words revealing His presence in the the least of His brothers and sisters, the Social Justice Commission at the Parish of Christ the King seeks to serve Jesus in the poor and suffering members of our community and world. It is a vital ministry composed of parishioners who are passionate about caring for the needs of others in witness of Christian charity. The commission volunteers work to make the larger community aware of the many issues that affect the disadvantaged and oppressed peoples of the world. They also sponsor opportunities for the parish community to become involved in works of Christian service for others.

The Social Justice Commission usually meets on a Thursday evening from 7:00-8:00 PM each month of the year. Meetings are typically held in the Marquette School Library.  

Members of the Social Justice Commission would love to have you join them in this important ministry.

Here is a short list of some of the annual projects and activities sponsored by the Social Justice Commission:

 

CHRIST CARE DAY

These days provide an opportunity for parishioner families to volunteer their service to local charitable organizations. Christ Care Day happens one Saturday each Fall and Spring.

 

BLANKETS, UNDERWEAR, AND SOCKS SUNDAY (B.U.S)

Each fall, the Social Justice Commission sponsors a drive to collect these needed items for the poor and homeless of Tulsa. These items are then distributed through Catholic Charities and the Day Center for the Homeless. We regularly collect several thousand donations of each item.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARDS LUNCHEON
The commission recognizes two individuals in our community who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to various charitable causes. While one award honors and recognizes general service to the community, the second award specifically recognizes service to alleviate the suffering of children.

 

CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE
This is an opportunity for parishioners to assist poor members of our Hispanic community in Tulsa by sponsoring Christmas gifts for parishioner families of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in North Tulsa. We regularly care for more than 200 families through this annual charitable drive.

 

MEAL AT THE DAY CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS
The commission provides semi-annual opportunities for parishioners to prepare and serve meals for the homeless in the Tulsa community. This is an outstanding way in which direct service to the poor is encouraged and promoted for both individuals and families.

 

LENTEN SOUP SUPPER SPEAKER SERIES

For the six Fridays of Lent each year, the Commission sponsors a simple soup supper and invites various guest speakers to address particular topics of faith enrichment, discipleship, and charitable awareness. These evenings begin at 6:00 PM in the parish hall (Fletcher Hall) and conclude by 7:00 PM in time for the Stations of the Cross.  

 

LENTEN ALMSGIVING CHARITABLE DRIVE
Each Lent, the commission invites parishioners to support selected charitable needs in the community through collective almsgiving. These donations are received through envelopes placed in the pews throughout the Lenten season.  Funds collected from this drive are then forwarded to the respective agencies identified by parishioners.  

 

KAIROS RETREAT COOKIES
The Kairos Retreat is offered for incarcerated members of the Oklahoma community located at various institutions around the state. The commission supports this important spiritual and healing ministry by inviting parishioners to join in a “cookie drive” which provides personally baked goods for all members of the institution whether on retreat or not. The commission regularly recruits volunteers to provide several thousand cookies for these retreats.

 

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SUNDAY
Each spring, the commission sponsors the “PB&J Sunday” at which time they collect donations of these food items to be distributed to impoverished school-age children in the Tulsa community in preparation for summer break. Many students who receive subsidized meals during the school year lack proper nutrition during the summer months. This drive cares for those children when school is not in session.

 

CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOOD BINS
The parish collects food donations weekly that are then sent to the local Catholic Charities distribution center. These bins are located in the vestibule (entrance) of the church.  

 

In addition to these annual events, the Social Justice Commission has also been instrumental in supporting the development of other important ministries in our community that serve the needs of the poor and suffering. These additional ministries include the following:

 

STAND IN THE GAP

The Parish of Christ the King has an active group of parishioners who provide transitional support companionship for members of the larger Tulsa community who are in a moment of life transition. Such transition can include returning to society from incarceration, recovering from the death of a loved one, or recovering their self-sufficient life after a trauma, illness, or other tragedy.

 

OUTREACH MINISTRY
The Outreach Ministry of the Parish of Christ the King is composed of a team of volunteers who personally meet with those members of our Tulsa community to alleviate their charitable needs. Such needs include financial assistance with rent, utilities, and other items on a case by case basis.

 

GUATEMALA MISSION
The Social Justice Commission supports and promotes the annual Parish Mission Trip to Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. This is an opportunity for parishioners to serve some of the poorest people in the world while also learning about the political, economic, and social factors that dominate systemic poverty and social injustice.

 

STILWELL MISSION
The Parish of Christ the King is in the process of establishing a “Sister Parish” relationship with the Catholic community of Stilwell, Oklahoma. The Social Justice Commission is actively involved in promoting this relationship and the many opportunities it presents to strengthen the bonds of the Church in Eastern Oklahoma.

For additional information, please contact Terri Lowell at terrilowell@att.net or (214) 364-6720.