Justice and Peace Ministry

Justice and Peace Ministry

In the Scriptures we read: "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ " Matt 25:37-40

As Catholic Christians we are called to put our faith into action. The Corporal Works of Mercy are charitable actions that outline how we should love one another and care for the least among us.

Advocacy for Justice and Peace: Volunteers are needed to coordinate and communicate information about the legislative concerns generated by the Virginia Catholic Conference (serving both Virginia Dioceses), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and by our own Diocesan Offices.
Contact: Chris and Colleen Shields

Cards of Caring: St. Ann’s reaches out to parishioners and others in the community who are sick, homebound or bereaved to remember them with special cards and notes, letting them know of our support, prayers and concern.
Contact: Kristin Donaldson

CARITAS: Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter provides hospitality, shelter and meals for homeless men and women in the greater Ashland/Hanover/Richmond area. We need volunteers to welcome them here at St. Ann’s, so we can make our Parish Hall their “home” for two weeks in June.
Contact: Suzette Braun

Christmas Angel Giving Tree: At Christmas, volunteers coordinate the collection and distribution of gifts to identified under-privileged local families.
Contact: Terry Colville

Haiti Twinning Committee: St. Ann’s supports our Twin Parish in Haiti, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, by providing funds and materials to assist their educational programs and other basic needs.
Contact:  Patricia Hawn, Hayes Hanley

Miracle Fund Yard Sale: held every fall. Proceeds benefit St. Ann's families who are experiencing financial difficulties. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry: This group gathers at St. Ann’s regularly to pray, crochet and knit blankets and shawls for the sick and homebound, and to make baby blankets for newly baptized babies and children.
Contact: Wanda Smith

Prison Ministry: Visitation to inmates in local prisons.
Contact: Fr. Jim

Scrip Program: Volunteers organize the sale of git/debit cards for over fifty national stores. The parish receives a percentage of sales made with these cards directly from the participating merchants. Proceeds benefit our  Haiti and Outreach ministries.
Contact:  Mary Ellen Kinser

Rise Against Hunger: Volunteers package meals that are used to feed people in emergency situations outside the continental United States.
Contact:  Julie Rixner

Visiting the Sick and Homebound: Parishioners are trained by the Pastor to extend our love and concern to those who are homebound, or in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or hospitals. By visiting with them, our volunteers unite them with our larger parish community by providing caring support, by listening to their concerns, and if they would like, by praying and reading scripture with them, and bringing them Holy Communion.

Contact: Fr. Jim or Lise Mikkelson


Reporting Abuse

Sexual Abuse Hotline: Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of our Diocese to notify civil authorities, call Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064 and reach out to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Jennifer Sloan at 1-877-887-9603.