St. John Neumann Parish

Social Justice Ministries

St. John Neumann

“Every believer is called to serve ‘the least of these,’ to ‘hunger and thirst for justice,’ and to be a ‘peacemaker.’” (USCCB)

Social Justice Committee

This committee works toward promoting awareness of the social doctrines of the Church. Its members read and reflect on those teachings, plan programs to educate the parish and help us live out those doctrines.


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Respect Life Committee

This group educates the parish and community regarding respect for all life, from the preborn to the elderly nearing death. It offers programs to raise awareness and promote advocacy on these issues.

For more information, contact Denise Schaults at 412-443-7141

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Appalachia Summer Work Camp

Teens who are at least in their sophomore year of high school plus adults begin team building and fundraising each fall leading up to a summer week in Preston County, West Virginia to improve housing for people in need. The 2013 trip will be from June 22-29.

For more information, contact Laura Juran at 412-367-4264

Disaster Recovery Crew

The Disaster Recovery Crew, originally named The Katrina Project, made six trips to rebuild  Mississippi Gulf Coast homes. They also raised a new Habitat for Humanity home in Tuscaloosa, AL following a deadly tornado. The most recent work trip was to New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy.

For more information, contact Sarah Schneider at 412-366-4927

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Parish Garden

The parish has garden space available. Produce is donated to North Hills Community Outreach. Help is needed April through September

For more information, contact Jeff Jezerc at 412-559-5936

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Community Agencies We Support

On an ongoing basis, St. John Neumann supports the following local agencies that serve poor and needy people in our community, and we need your help:

Miryam's Shelter

We provide a monthly meal for the residents of Miryam’s, a program for homeless women an those at risk for homelessness. This shelter has been providing a continuum of care programs since 1987 and recently merged its programs into those of Bethlehem Haven to provide a greater level of service to homeless women.

To help, contact Laurie Reese at 724-935-0362

Pleasant Valley Shelter for Men

Anyone is welcome to sign up to serve a monthly meal at Pleasant Valley Shelter for Men on the North Side.

To help, contact Phyllis Huber at 412-367-1437 or Cathy Gillis at 412-548-3646

Habitat for Humanity

Adults and teens 16 and older work on various construction projects for families in need in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Check the website calendar and parish bulletin for upcoming projects.

For more information, contact Frank Limbacher at 412-616-2507

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Anyone is welcome to sign up to work at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (near Kennywood). Watch the bulletin for dates and times. For details, contact Sarah Schneider.

To register, call the Religious Education secretary at 412-366-5885 ext. 12

World Vision

Anyone is welcome to make a positive difference in a needy person’s life by going to the World Vision International Relief Agency warehouse near Sewickley. See the bulletin for dates and times when a group from St. John Neumann will be going.

To register, call the Religious Education secretary at 412-366-5885 ext. 12

North Hills Community Outreach

This organization serves the physical and emotional needs of the North Hills community in times of need. St. John Neumann supports this social service organization through donations of food, school supplies, coats, and other special collections.

To help, contact Bill Romig at 412-364-3679

Light of Life

One evening a month, volunteers serve dinner to the clients at Light of Life on the North Side. Dates are published in the bulletin with contact information. Teens need a signed permission form to attend.

To help, contact Marie Minsky at 412-366-0913

Genesis of Pgh, Inc.

This agency provides help for women and children in need. St. John Neumann supports its work through a Mother’s Day collection organized by the Respect Life Committee.

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