Social Welfare and Justice

"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

-- John 13:34, 35

The Social Welfare and Justice Mission strives to give parishioners ways to live out Christ’s call to help the most vulnerable in our community — our immediate church community, our local community, and our world community — by performing works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal. We believe that, as Catholic Christians, we are called to recognize all persons as our neighbors, and to love them in accord with Christ’s commandment to love one’s neighbor as oneself.

We seek to educate the parish on Catholic social teaching and offer ways to live out that teaching. We seek both to meet urgent needs within the parish and to foster attention to systemic issues of injustice that must be healed before the dignity and freedom of each individual can flourish.

The SJSW committee has undertaken projects to assist the local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and crisis pregnancy center, among others. Members have helped homebound parishioners, prepared food for Meals on Wheels, participated in a vigil for universal health care, and raised awareness about parish mission trips.

The committee also reviews and approves solicitations by individuals and groups who wish to undertake fund-raisers within the parish community. We welcome new members and new ideas to invigorate our ministry within and beyond the St. Francis Xavier community.

Challenges Of The Wage Gap In Our Area

Adams County Circles Initiative

Contact Information

This committee gives parishioners ways to carry out spiritual and corporal works of mercy for those within and beyond our community.

We meet the first Monday of each month at 5.30 PM at the Xavier Center.

Contact Person

Joanne Myers

Local Ministry Opportunities

  • Gettysburg CIRCLES - Empowering and walking in solidarity with families emerging from poverty.

  • CARES (Combined Area Resources Shelter) - Providing shelter and bagged lunches from November to April.

  • Ruth's Harvest - Sending a backpack of food home each weekend with elementary-school children whose families are experiencing food insecurity


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