The mission of the Caritas Committee is, “Sharing our compassion and treasure with our neighbors in need.” The Committee, a sub-committee of the parish Finance Council, was formed for the purpose of stewarding the distribution of funds gathered in a special collection taken on the fifth Sunday of months with five Sundays. These funds are to be shared with charitable nonprofit organizations whose policies are in line with Catholic principles and teaching.
Dexter Family Servicesis a community service organization that provides emergency support for residents within the Dexter school district. Volunteers coordinate back to school backpacks, volunteer at the Dexter location of the Faith in Action food pantry, and organize Christmas sponsorship for families in need. They customarily receive one quarter of each Caritas collection.
St. Joseph Parish Christian Service Fundmeets the urgent needs of assistance for those in financial straits when other resources have been exhausted. One fourth of each Caritas collection is usually directed to this fund.
Selected Recipient of the Caritas Committee, vetted to confirm the organization meets Catholic social and moral principles and is financially prudent, is chosen by the Committee six weeks prior to a Caritas Sunday. The selected organization, which may be local, national, or international, is profiled in the parish bulletin in the weeks before Caritas Sunday, and receives one quarter of the collection. Parishioners are invited to submit recommendations for the Committee's consideration.
Water for Flint, in response to the water crisis in Flint, is coordinated through Catholic Social Services' St. Luke N.E.W. Life Food Pantry. One eighth of each Caritas collection is currently shared with this initiative.
Catholic Habitat for Humanity House is a project undertaken biennially by the Diocese of Lansing's Washtenaw County Vicariate. The Committee has recently voted to direct one sixteenth of each collection to the fund for the Catholic Habitat for Humanity House.
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County receives one sixteenth of each collection, beginning in January 2017. CSS provides counseling, adoption and foster care services, elder services, parenting and family support, operates a food pantry, and in general responds to the needs of the less fortunate. The Committee recently elected to send one sixteenth of each collection to CSS.
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The Caritas Committee welcomes suggestions for charitable organizations to share our Caritas collections with. These funds are to be shared with charitable nonprofit organizations whose policies are in line with Catholic principles and teaching.