The Works of Mercy, such as feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and caring for the sick, show us how to live out our Gospel call to care for others. Catholic Social Teaching calls us to respect life in all its stages, to help meet people’s needs and empower them to live lives of dignity. In response, our parish budgets money each year to be distributed to charities that serve poor and vulnerable people in our area.

The Social Action Commission oversees distribution of these funds through a grant process. Charities that have received grants in the past include Neighbor Helping Neighbor, Helping Hands, Birthright, Impact Community Action, Crisis Intervention Services, Habitat for Humanity, Freedom for Youth, The Well, Project HELP, and the Pleasantville Youth Initiative.

If you know of other charities that serve residents of Marion County and should be considered for funding this year, please contact Laura Hollinrake at or 641-842-5267 by February 28. Please include the organization’s mailing address, email, phone, and name of a contact person so they can be sent a grant application.

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