Since 2010, the mandate for Justice & Servant Ministries has been:
“To mobilize the resources and engage the members of the Parish, focusing these on the problem of hunger/malnutrition amongst families and individuals in Oakville and in Itabo, Cuba (where we have a partner church, St. Mary the Virgin) and working in partnership with a few selected community agencies.”
Since 2010, St. Jude’s has started a number of outreach programs, including monthly dinners at Kerr Street Mission, Food For Life grocery program, weekly summer BBQ’s for residents of Margaret/Maurice Drive, Neighbour Care Network, a Lyons Lane garden plot, and a pantry program with St. Simon’s Church.
Although our name implies a mandate with two components, both justice and servant ministries, all our programs are in the second category. Recently, J&SM decided to explore a range of social justice issues as a starting point for defining a social justice mandate for St. Jude’s.