Social Justice

Social Justice

Social Justice

Community Support   After attending a meeting with Family and Community Social Services it is evident that hunger is the biggest issue in Wetaskiwin.

 1) Neighborhood Outreach Wetaskiwin (N.O.W.)

-Sacred Heart Parishioners donate monies every month to support the needs of N.O.W.       -provide small household items and non-perishable food items 4 times per year on a rotational calendar with the collections brought in to fill the Knights of Columbus food bank box.

2) Salvation Army Food Bank

Sacred Heart Parishioners provide small household items and non-perishable food items 4 times per year on a rotational calendar with the collections brought to fill the Knights of Columbus food bank box.

3) Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Food Hampers

Sacred Heart Parishioners provide small household items and non-perishable food items 4 times per year on a rotational calendar with the collections brought to fill the Knights of Columbus food bank box.      

Refugee Sponsorship 

The Refugee Sponsorship Committee partners with the Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) and the Government of Canada to assist in resettling a refugee family who has fled their country due to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

Sponsorship Committee members will have a variety of responsibilities throughout the year – from picking the family up at the airport to helping the family find employment. Committee members may choose to focus on several parts of the settlement process or just one, depending on their gifts as well as the level of commitment they are able to give.

  Refugee Sponsorship Committee Wetaskiwin A small group of interested parishioners got together in November, 2015, to try to get our Parish to bring in a Syrian refugee family. Paulette Johnson came to a public meeting at Sacred Heart and shared the Government Sponsorship Program with us. At the November Parish Council meeting we were told to discern the feelings of the Parish. Once we got the support of the parishioners the Parish Pastoral Council instructed us to ensure we had the required funds in place before we formally apply to sponsor a family.  In April we ran a drive over three weekends to raise money and raised all the required funds. We applied to the Government to bring in a family with the assistance of Catholic Social Services. We were accepted and have been getting ready to welcome the Harash family since.

We have a central Coordinating Committee and twelve sub committees involving around forty parishioners ready to support the family and meet monthly. Meetings in Edmonton are also attended.

"I was a stranger and you welcomed me" Matthew 25:35  

Development and Peace Projects include:

Supporting D & P Lenten Theme Campaigns

Collection for people in Haiti suffering after Hurricane Matthew.

Celebrating 50 years of Development and Peace: the Catholic Church's social justice work for our sisters and brothers in the Global South with the theme: Part of the Action.             -Displays in the Narthex, talk at Mass, presentations to Knights of Columbus, CWL, & Confirmation Class.  

Fort McMurray Fire

Collection of toiletries and clothes and money.