Human Concerns/Justice & Peace

The Human Concerns Ministry seeks to lead St. Edward's parishioners in the fulfillment of the Gospel call to love of neighbor and the Church's call to action on behalf of justice. The Human Concerns Ministry seeks opportunities to respond to the needs of the deprived, disabled, neglected, incarcerated and oppressed in the parish, in our community and in the world at large. Of equal importance, we promote legislative advocacy for a consistent ethic of life including the rights of the unborn; we also promote advocacy seeking economic and political justice for the oppressed and empowerment of the marginalized in our society.

Green Envelopes for Human Concerns are provided monthly to parishioners to support this ministry.

The Human Concerns Committee meets monthly in the Parish Center on the second Tuesday at 7 pm. It is the umbrella for all of the ministries listed below and also has the following responsibilities:

  • Review and recommend funding for local organizations who work with the poor
  • Sponsor educational and justice programs or speakers.
  • Click here for information about Catholic Social Teaching.

Programs

Haiti Ministry

St. Edward’s twin parish in Cerca Carvajal, Haiti is Holy Family Parish. We have been in relationship with them for almost 30 years, and parishioners are invited to participate in the yearly trip to visit our friends at Holy Family. They have a parish school with about 900 students, a newly reconstructed church, a medical clinic, etc. Parishioners are able to sponsor a student, participate in a medical advisory team, as well as show other means of support for our twin parish. Click here for more information. 

Prison Ministry

There are currently 33,000 inmates in Virginia state prisons. There are 28,000 more inmates currently in city, county and regional jails. 95% of these 61,000 prisoners will be released at some time back into the general population. St. Edward Prison Ministry would like your help in responding to the gospel mandate from Jesus Christ to care for prisoners (MT. 25:39) and to help them reenter society as productive citizens.
Currently, parishioners visit two prisons on a regular basis. A St. Edward/Epiphany group goes to Deep Meadow weekly. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. A group of women visit the Central Virginia Correctional Unit 13 (women’s prison) monthly. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.
St. Edward parishioners are part of an ecumenical retreat team that goes into prisons and holds weekend retreats with Kairos Prison Ministry. Contact Brian King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Food Pantry

Please remember people who aren’t able to purchase enough food to feed their families! It’s as simple as bringing a few canned goods with you to Mass on the weekend. All food donated to our food pantry is distributed three ways; to people seeking food assistance from the parish office; to needy residents of Waverly, VA; and to Bainbridge Community Ministry (in South Richmond), which provides food for the elderly and the working poor. 90% of the volunteers at Bainbridge come from our parish. This is a good opportunity for direct service. Please contact Jennifer Snider if you would like to assist in this important ministry. Also, a team of parishioners volunteers at Powhatan Food Pantry at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
You can leave filled grocery bags near the Food Pantry closet in the Commons.
Click here for a list of suggested items for our food pantry.

The Micah Initiative: Mentoring at Westover Hills Elementary

The Micah Initiative is a partnership program between churches, synagogues, mosques and other communities of faith in metropolitan Richmond and the Richmond Public Schools for the purpose of supporting the education and the nurture of the children of Richmond. Visit their website!
Mentoring: Join us as volunteers at Westover Hills Elementary School! There are 387 students at the Richmond city school ranging from preschool through fifth grade. The school is located at 1211 Jahnke where Forest Hill and Jahnke Rd intersect. There is a need for lunch buddies, tutors in reading and math, and more … School hours are 8:10-2:30. An hour a week makes a difference in a child’s life. Please contact Alicia Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Homeless Shelter Meal Assistance

There are teams of parishioners who prepare and serve meals once a month at various meal sites in the city. Check the bulletin for any current needs.
Friends of the Homeless: A team of parishioners prepares, delivers, and serves lunch on the 4th Friday at Broomfield UMC.
Family Shelter: A team of parishioners prepares and delivers the evening meal on the 1st Friday.
Family Liberation Services (formerly Freedom House): Two teams of parishioners prepare, deliver, and serve the evening meals on the 2nd Monday and 4th Friday.
Men's Emergency Shelter: A team of parishioners prepares, delivers, and serves the evening meal on the 2nd Monday.
In addition, we have our meatloaves and brownies program. All parishioners are invited to help feed hungry people who come to St. Peter’s downtown for an evening meal. Parishioners cook meatloaves and brownies throughout the month and drop them off (wrapped in freezer wrap or aluminum foil) in the freezers of the church kitchen on the weekends or at the parish center during the week. Our parish is responsible for providing food for about 50 people on the first Wednesday of every month.

Appalachia Ministry

A team of parishioners visits far southwest Virginia, volunteering at the Remote Area Medical event in Wise County in July.

Refugee Resettlement

St. Edward has helped to resettle families who arrive in Richmond with refugee status. We have worked with families from Afghanistan and from Burundi. Currently our volunteers work with a family from Burundi who arrived in 2007. Volunteers help the children with tutoring and by providing recreational opportunities for them. If you would like to help with this family, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In addition, Commonwealth Catholic Charities is one of the few organizations which helps resettle newly arrived refugees. They have a need for volunteers as well as household donations. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Habitat for Humanity

Our parish works with Powhatan Habitat for Humanity. Notice will be put in the bulletin when we need volunteers.

Rise Against Hunger

Caritas

Shalom Farms

Legislative Advocacy

The Virginia Catholic Conference represents the Diocese of Richmond and the Diocese of Arlington. The Conference engages in advocacy with state and federal lawmakers and with grassroots advocates throughout the Commonwealth.
You can get email alerts on current legislation, and easily send an email to your state and federal legislators. Make your voice heard! Register online.

Catholic Social Teaching

The seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
Rights and Responsibilities
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
Solidarity
Care for God's Creation

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