The Christian Action Commission acts upon the gospel mandate to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, find shelter for the homeless, visit the lonely and care for all those in need. Through the many parish service projects, which originate from and are organized by this commission, the parish actively participates in Christian service and outreach to those in need within our local community. The Christian Action Commission also seeks to educate the parish community on issues pertaining to life, peace, health and justice. Parishioners are always welcome to become Christian Action Members or to participate in any of the following ministries.  If you are interested in learning more about the Christian Action Commission, please contact Linda Fitzpatrick.

The casserole program is a weekly service for the Center for the Homeless and the YWCA. Families or individuals are provided with a pan and recipe and supply their own ingredients to make a large casserole and deliver it to Church.  These casseroles are used to feed the men, women and children who live at the Center and YWCA.

For more information or to be added to the schedule, please contact Linda Fitzpatrick.

The Food Pantry has been a part of the Christian Action Commission since 1987.  Our parish provides and delivers a week’s worth of food to families in need in the Clay Township area. Parishioners are needed to help deliver during the day to local residents that call for assistance. Each year the parish budgets money to help the poor with food, rent, utilities, medical and front door assistance.  Non-perishable food items from Food Sunday, monetary donations, along with SCRIP gift certificates help to defray this cost and allow our community to reach more families each month. If you would be interested in volunteering in this important ministry, please contact Dee Rogers in the parish offices.
The Giving Tree is a parish project that provides Christmas gifts for those who are experiencing some kind of poverty. The Giving Tree gifts are distributed to local families, nursing home residents, and disabled adults who otherwise would not receive any gifts at all. All parishioners are invited to take a giving tree ornament from the Christmas tree in the vestibule of the Church. Ornaments will be available around the first weekend of Advent and gifts will be due before Christmas.  All the necessary gift information will be included on the ornaments and parishioners are responsible for returning the presents on time. Volunteers are need to sort and deliver the presents that are purchased.  All specific dates for help will be listed in the bulletin throughout Advent.
The holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for those experiencing financial need.  At a time when we are reminded of Christ’s unfailing love for us, and his desire to dwell in this world with us, others can feel weighed down by financial burden or isolated from those they love.  At Christ the King Parish we hope to meet some of these needs, and share God’s love with our community members by providing holiday food baskets for families in need.  Baskets are delivered around the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, and volunteers are needed to help pack and deliver the baskets to local homes.  This is a wonderful way to share Christ’s love with those in need, especially around these special times of year.
Parishioners prepare meatless soups and provide hospitality every Friday evening during Lent to benefit our sister parish in Bangladesh.  Volunteers are needed for each Friday and all parishioners are invited to attend as together we break bread and share community.

The Pack A Lunch Program provides 60 sack lunches three times a month to the Center for the Homeless. The lunches we provide go to the residents who go out and work in our community.  Finding and maintaining employment is an integral part of overcoming homelessness.  Many men and women at the Center are making progress towards the goal of self-sufficiency.  Your participation not only helps to ease the Center’s tremendous task of providing 250 meals a day but also lets the residents know of our support as they continue to improve their lives, and the lives of their family. Parishioners make sandwiches and assemble sack lunches for the Center for the Homeless.  If you would like more information about this ministry or to sign up for this ministry, please contact Linda Fitzpatrick.

sack lunch Schedule April 12 – Sept 12 2016

Pack A Lunch Instructions

Our Respect Life ministry seeks to provide opportunities for parishioners to participate in activities that support the dignity of life from natural conception to natural death.

The work for justice asks that we first and foremost respect life, all of life, the seamless garment “from conception until natural death;” “from womb to tomb.”  While we work to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, we must not forget those who are suffering injustice at the beginning and end of life. These issues include abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty.  Some may ask why, with so many other issues weighing on the Christian today, we should concern ourselves these life issues, especially abortion?  We understand that abortion is the life issue that concerns the very moment when life begins.  It is the primary, literally first, life issue.  This is why the U.S. Bishops explain,  “the failure to protect and defend life in its most vulnerable stages renders suspect any claims to the ‘rightness’ of positions in other matters affecting the poorest and least powerful of the human community.” (In Support of Life, the U.S. Bishops’ New Pro-Life Plan, 2002)

We cannot forget to pray and advocate for the dignity of all life, from natural conception to natural death. It is important to remember that truly being pro-life includes care for the mother as much as the child.  There are always two victims in an abortion.  One of the greatest myths and tragedies of the abortion debate is that pro-life supports don’t care about the woman. We must lovingly remind others that this is not true.  Women need to feel supported in their unexpected pregnancy, not chastised.  Christians must help them rejoice at the gift of life by offering the aid they need to find peace with the new responsibility God has given them. Let us always have an attitude of joy and thanksgiving to support all life.

Specific Pro-Life related parish activities are listed on our Respect Life Ministry page: http://christthekingonline.com/ministriesrespect-life-ministries/