Social Concerns

 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

   Mary Ann Redden 301-519-0919


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic Lay organization, was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and a group of young students of the Sorbonne University in Paris. With the mentoring of Blessed Rosalie Rendu, the Society spread throughout Europe and arrived here in the United States in the 1850’s. Today we are present in 149 countries throughout the world with our Headquarters located in Paris, France. Members include men and women, young and old, of every race.

 Today, Vincentians work out of parishes in groups called Conferences. We gather together to grow spiritually, develop fellowship within our Conferences and, inspired by Gospel values, reach out to those living in poverty by bringing the hope of the Gospel to them by quietly and discreetly aiding individual/families by personal visits to those being served while advocating for social justice and always growing spiritually through the gift of self to others.  

 We meet the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P. M in the basement of the Rectory. We discuss our current cases and evaluate ongoing cases. As new cases arrive, two members, in imitation of Jesus sending forth His disciples, make a home visit to report back to the Conference for reflection and guidance. All meetings begin and end with prayer asking for God’s spiritual guidance during which a secret collection is made following the tradition established by our Founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam.  

 The SVDP is easy to join. The only qualification needed is a desire to join with others to help those in need. If in doubt, read Luke 10:25 – 37.….And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

 

Gabriel Project

   Alice Garvey 301-448-8113


The Gabriel Project is part of a grass-roots, faith-based non-profit support network that provides practical, emotional, and spiritual assistance to women and families facing crisis pregnancies in a spirit of Christian solidarity. Calls for assistance may come from our local headquarters or directly from the parish. The church coordinator then does the initial screening to determine what assistance is needed.    Angel friends (parish volunteers) then takeover in assisting the moms/families with whatever may be necessary such as providing transportation to medical appointments, baby care items and mentoring. Provision of the baby care items may be requested of the parishioners. SJN Parish may serve from one to several moms/families per year. 

 

St. John Legislative Network

   Anthony Bosnick   301-977-7017


St. John Neumann Legislative Network members participate in public policy advocacy roles on many levels. They can opt to receive and respond to emails concerning legislation on social justice, pro-life, family and education issues. They are also encouraged to attend “Lobby Night” in Annapolis, a coordinated effort of the entire Archdiocese conducted in February to meet with Maryland legislators. Representatives of SJN Legislative Network may also volunteer to serve on the Justice and Advocacy Council which lobbies the Montgomery County Council. The Legislative Network is an outreach of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Maryland Catholic Conference.

 

Pro- Life Ministry

Grace Morrison  240-997-5403 - Contact

Committee chair - Open


Seeks to encourage all parishioners to take action on pro-life issues by promoting the March for Life, 40 Days for Life, and witnessing outside abortion clinics. Other support includes intercessory prayer and monetary support for the Shady Grove Pregnancy Center.

Food Collection for St. Martin’s Pantry

    Rosemarie Lunn 301-977-6699


Every week, parishioners bring food for the Pantry run by our neighbor parish, St. Martin of Tours. Volunteers then pick up the food from the SJN kitchen Sunday or Monday and take it to St. Martin's. We can always use more volunteers to take the food! Interested?   Please contact!