Social Concerns Committee Print

This group strives to address the issues of social needs and concerns within the parish and in the larger community. It invites members of the parish to participate and to get involved in various activities and events. It also speaks in an advocacy role on behalf of the needy. The Social Concerns Committee strives to educate members of the parish about contemporary social issues. At times, the committee may represent the parish in the broader community.

Chairperson: Matt Power, 217-415-3227 (cell),  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Members: Sr. Mary Ellen Backes, OSU (Liaison to Pastoral Council), Susan Brock, Amber Carlson, JJ Carlson, Jill Cooper, Deacon Larry Day, Bob Fanale, Mike Geist, Linda Hernandez-Renfro, Lois Jirgal, Sr. Monica Laws, OSF, Sr. Trudy O'Connor, OSF, Jennifer Power, and Liza Sullivan.

Upcoming Activities for Fall 2017:

Oct. 2-29                                            Baby Bottle Boomerang Collection for First Step Women’s Center

Nov. 18-19                                         Bread Sunday for St. John’s Breadline

Nov. 19                                              Thanksgiving Basket Delivery – collection will be through the month of November

Nov. 25 – Dec. 24                              Advent Project – collection of socks, hats, gloves & scarves

Other Ongoing projects are:      Kumler Outreach-3rd Tuesday of every other month, Helping Hands Outreach-3rd Wednesday of each month; Springfield Warming Center-November through March; additional partnership opportunities with Kumler Outreach Ministry in support of those in need in our parish and neighborhood as they arise.