Social Justice & Charity Ministries

Social Justice and Charity is vital to St. Edward as a means of following in the footsteps of Jesus and reaching out to our neighbors in compassion and good will. Below are some of the ways to keep involved with the ministries and organizations supported by our Social Justice Commission.

Catholic Tutor Corps

The Catholic Tutor Corps has been placing volunteer tutors in Minneapolis and St. Paul Catholic grade schools for 20 years. Our tutors work in grades K-8 helping students primarily with reading and math. We work in the schools during the school day. Most of our tutors work 2-3 hours once a week at their school. It is certainly possible to work more days if you have the time. The benefit to the students from one-on-one help is huge; the reward to the tutors can be even greater.

LEARN MORE about the Catholic Tutor Corps

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Dudley Emergency Fund

St. Edward has an emergency assistance fund called the Dudley Fund. It is funded by parishioners and is available for both parishioners and community members that find themselves in financial need. If you would like more information about receiving help please call Mia Ah Sani in the parish office at (952) 835-7101.

For additional options on giving to the Dudley Fund, please visit our giving page. If giving by check make sure to include “Dudley Fund” on the memo line.

Feed My Starving Children

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children who are hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and FMSC ships those meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. These extra-nutritious meals save children from the brink of starvation, even benefitting St. Edward’s Sister Parish in Nicaragua

Help turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. Visit the FMSC website for volunteer information.

Loaves & Fishes

4pm to 7pm, Third Thursday of each month
If you’ve been looking for a rewarding, local, volunteer opportunity with fellow parishioners, join the St. Ed’s Loaves & Fishes team!  We prepare and distribute meals at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, located at 2200 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington. Please contact Therese Cassidy, the parish site coordinator, at 612-875-9602 if you are interested.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers meals to the homebound in the communities of Eden Prairie and Bloomington. St. Edward volunteer drivers cover ten routes during their scheduled week, once every six weeks.

LEARN MORE about Bloomington Meals on Wheels

Respect Life

Respect Life (Pro-Life) works to promote respect for human life from conception to natural death. Created in the image and likeness of God, every person is unique and special. Each of us has a responsibility to God, to self and to others to nurture, protect and sustain life at all stages. Respect Life sponsors events and collections throughout the year including the Mother’s Day Baby Shower Collection in May. These collections support pregnancy resource centers for women or couples facing an unexpected pregnancy, including Birthright of Minneapolis and SouthWest Options for Women (SWOW).

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Sister Community

Since 2002, St. Edward has supported Teresa Toda, a home for girls who have had very difficult life experiences. The primary activity of the ministry is hosting an annual summer camp, or “campamento” in which we do Bible study and reflection, sing, dance, do crafts, tutor in math, explore science, engineering, and health, and build community.

Visit our Sister Community page.

Read the Campamento blog.

For additional options on giving to our Sister Community, please visit our giving page. If giving by check make sure to include “Sister Parish” on the memo line.

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Sister Parish

In the midst of the political unrest, economic insecurity and COVID-19, St. Edward has continued to support our sister parish; Our Lady of the Angels in Jinotega Nicaragua. Among other projects, deliveries of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MannaPack Rice are helping nourish the poor in that region. Read stories about a few of the recipients of our support:
A Day in the Life of the Espinoza Family
In Nicaragua: Gregorio’s Network

For more information about our Sister Parish click here.

For additional options on giving to our Sister Parish, please visit our giving page. If giving by check make sure to include “Sister Parish” on the memo line.

VEAP

Throughout the year, St. Edward collects non-perishable food for VEAP, as well as toiletries and paper products. There are bins in the chapel vestibule and in the church foyer for you to put your donations in, and volunteers deliver it to VEAP once or twice a week. Every summer, we hold a school supply drive to benefit students in local public schools. If you are interested in volunteering to pick up the donations at church and deliver them to VEAP, please call Mia Ah Sani in the parish office at (952) 835-7101.

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VEGGIES 4 VEAP

Each summer our “Giving Garden” grows fresh, healthy food for the VEAP food pantry!

Throughout the spring, summer and early fall, Wine & Weeding volunteers tend the garden; including planting, weeding and harvesting. Look for more information about Wine & Weeding on our events page!