Respect for Life | Share Your Bread | The Community Soup Kitchen | Lenten Soup Supper | Interfaith Hospitality Network
Respect for Life
The Respect for Life Committee meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 12:00 noon in the parish library to initiate and support activities that focus on respect for life in our community and our nation. All men and women are welcome to attend. The committee sponsors activities including the March for Life in Washington DC, a pro-life billboard on the NJ Turnpike, the Rosary for Life in October, the baby bottle collection to benefit Life Choices Center, and volunteer opportunities in pregnancy aid centers
Tracy Frost (Diocesan Representative for Disability Awareness)
The Disability Ministry enriches the lives and faith of the disabled members of the parish and their families and caregivers. On occasion, the group may raise funds for improvements to the facility in support of parshioners with disabilities.
Share Your Bread
The Share Your Bread group promotes awareness of the needs of the less fortunate by coordinating a monthly food drive on the third Sunday of the month, and delivering the non-perishable food items to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry in New Brunswick. Deliveries are usually made on the Wednesday following the collection. Volunteers are needed to load and unload groceries, and to make the weekday trip to New Brunswick.
The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center
Soup Kitchen volunteers provide staff service for the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown on the fourth Saturday of each month and to Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen in Plainfield on the first Saturday of each month. To participate, children must be 12 years of age or older, and accompanied by a parent, to serve. Participation in the annual Hunger Walk, making meatballs during the winter, and making breakfast bags throughout the year are other ways to contribute to these wonderful organizations that serve the poor.
Lenten Soup Supper
Susana Moreira and Andrew Theodore
Grasp the Lenten message! The supper is held during Lent in the chapel auditorium. Parishioners and their families and friends are invited to share a simple meal of soup and bread, identifying with the less fortunate. Volunteers are needed to prepare homemade soups, donate bread, and serve the simple meal. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted to support the Missionaries of Charity in Newark.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) provides safe and nurturing havens for homeless families in Somerset County. Houses of Worship provide shelter and food by signing up for weeks of service throughout the year. Parishioners of Sant James can help to serve these famiies by volunteering to cook meals, visit and play with the children, and by providing overnight representation in for the families in residence. The IHN organization assists the families to transition to independence.