705 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Social Justice

Social Justice

Please contact the committee members listed or the Parish Office for more information or to assist with any of these activities.


Advent/Poinsettia Project

  • A monetary collection is taken to provide Christmas plants to nursing home residents and shut-ins from our parish.
  • This small gesture lets them know that they are thought of during this special season.
  • People to deliver Christmas plants are needed in December each year. Contact: Jackie at 266-3523.

 Assisting Elderly and Homebound  Parishioners with Transportation 

  • When a parishioner is unable to locate transportation for doctor appointments, grocery shopping, etc., eight volunteers have generously offered their time and automobiles to provide a “loving lift."
  • Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with this valuable ministry. If you or a fellow parishioner could benefit from this service, please call the Parish Office at 266-3523.

Birthright

  • Birthright offers an alternative to abortion by providing caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Birthright services are free, absolutely confidential and available to any woman regardless of age, race, creed, economic or marital status.
  • Birthright's philosophy is that "It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth, and the right of every child to be born."
  • Contact: Birthright at 277-2000

Catholic Worker House

  • Members of our parish donate food, serve and dine with the residents of the Catholic Worker House, 321 E 8th Street, Waterloo once a month on an "on-call" basis.
  • Contact: Kristin Woods at 240-1948

Community Meals

  • To help those in need, meals are served once a week in Cedar Falls at the First United Methodist Church, 8th and Washington Streets. The meals are offered every Tuesday (except for the first Tuesday of the month).
  • St. Patrick is responsible for donating, preparing, serving, and cleaning up on the 2nd Tuesday each month. The participants look forward to the social evening, nourishing food, fun, and fellowship.
  • Contact: Karl Schmid at 277-1889


Crisis Response

  • Everyone faces challenges and sometimes a little assistance is needed during times of accident, illness, or other losses. The loving response that we can provide may ease the trouble for another.  
  • Perhaps you could prepare and deliver a complete meal to a family, act as an emergency care giver or provide transportation to a doctor or dentist appointment.
  • If you could potentially help on "short term" notice, call Rita Grimm at 277-8489 for more information.

Helping Hands

  • From time to time, the parish office receives requests from senior parishioners or people with disabilities asking if there is someone who could help with minor repairs,lawn care, snow removal, or moving furniture or other miscellaneous items. 
  • A truck and driver or someone handy with tools or a paint brush would be of great help to these members.
  • Contact: Jackie at 266-3523

Home-Bound Visitation

  • Volunteers from the parish are individually matched with elderly or otherwise shut-in members of the parish. The volunteers are expected to visit and socialize with their partner at least once a week. The visit can be as simple as talking, or it may involve sharing a meal, playing cards, or sharing a common interest.
  • The visit provides a link between the individual and the parish, promotes Christian fellowship, and provides a much needed opportunity for socializing.
  • Contact: Jackie at 266-3523

Matthew 25 Fund

  • The Matthew 25 Fund reaches out to those in our community who are in need.
  • We maintain a small food pantry to help people through a crisis. We are always in need of food items that can sit on a shelf for a week or two until a need arises. Items such as the following may be donated at the Parish Office or placed on the shelves in the Link Hallway.
    • cereal 
    • peanut butter and jelly 
    • maple syrup and pancake mix 
    • canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit 
    • pasta and instant potatoes
    • Velveeta cheese (which doesn't require refrigeration)  
    • soups and crackers
    • fruit juices and powdered/shelf stable milk 
  • If you wish to make a cash donation, place the donation in an envelope marked Matthew 25 Fund and put it in the collection basket at any Mass. Money earmarked for Matthew 25 is used for partial rent assistance, utility assistance, prescription medicines, purchases at the NE Iowa Food Bank or other cash emergencies.
  • A family temporarily without food knows we are here. People with medical, emotional, and physical problems have been helped. Someone stranded in Cedar Falls because of car trouble finds their way to our door. Many of the things we take for granted every day are often just the thing we need to provide in order to help the poor or needy.
  • We will no longer be distributing food boxes without a prior phone call!
  • Hours of Operation: Mon. 9-noon and Thur 1 p.m.-3 p.m.. 
  • Contact: Jackie at 266-3523.


Meals On Wheels

  • A non-profit, volunteer-based service, Meals On Wheels delivers nutritious midday meals to people who are elderly, disabled, or home-bound and unable to prepare their own meals.
  • St. Patrick parish members deliver meals 5 weeks out of the year.
  • Volunteers are needed 10:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. daily on the assigned weeks.
  • Volunteers meet at the Cedar Falls Community Center (528 Main) and ride along with the driver and take meals to the doors. You do not drive.
  • Contact: Jackie at 266-3523

Nursing Home Ministry

  • St. Patrick volunteers provide refreshments and plan entertainment for the residents. Students from the parish and St. Patrick School often entertain at these events.
  • Eucharistic Ministers are needed to distribute Communion each week.
  • Contact: Jackie at 266-3523

Prison Ministry

  • St.Patrick Social Concerns would like to begin a Prison Ministry to address the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, their families and those who work in the prison environment.
  • Contact: Tim Boller at 277-8149

Parish Twinning Program

  • The Social Concerns Committee oversees the support St. Patrick Church provides to our sister Parish, St. Jean Bosco, located in Cap Haitian, Haiti. St. Patrick Parish provides financial support from the World Responsibility Fund.
  • We participate in the “Twinning” program, which matches up Catholic parishes in the United States with needy parishes in Haiti.  Haiti is predominantly Catholic and is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. 
  • Get involved by joining the committee, donating funds earmarked for teacher salaries, or donating funds/supplies for the medical clinic. Members of our parish have made visits to John Bosco. Check out the Haiti display in the link hallway! 
  • Read the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier article on our April 8, 2015, food packaging event. Thank you for your donations and time packing food for our Sister Parish. $5,000 in contributions enabled our Faith Formation students, St. Patrick School students and parish volunteers to box 20,000 meals.
  • Contact: Rosie Guerrero at 277-3036

Social Concerns Collection

  • The 2nd Sunday of every month, cash in excess of $200.00 collected during the Offering at each Mass is earmarked for the Social Concerns Committee. Each month, the Committee designates a local agency, group or cause to receive the money from this collection.
  • Past recipients include Operation Threshold, Habitat for Humanity, Birthright and the Catholic Worker House.
  • Contact: Tim Boller at 277-8149

World Responsibility Fund

  • Each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) the parish tithes a certain amount of money from the parish budget to be donated to worthwhile projects to help the needy in the United States and throughout the world.
  • Approximately half of the money budgeted is donated to John Bosco Parish, our sister parish in Haiti. The remaining funds are donated to projects designated by the Social Concerns Committee, subject to the pastor's approval.
  • Contact: Tim Boller at 277-8149