Human Dignity Committee
The St. Mark's Human Dignity Committee is devoted to serving those most in need: the hungry, the homeless, the marginalized, and the unborn. This team manages some of the most significant charitable efforts of our parish, including our parish food shelf, Loaves & Fishes, Project Home, and 40 Days for Life.
St. Mark's Food Shelf
St. Mark's organizes several food drives throughout the year, and our food shelf is always accepting donations. Items donated benefit Keystone Community Services.
Most Needed Food Items:
Canned meat products (tuna, stew, chili, etc.), Rice, Rice noodles, Fish sauce, Macaroni and cheese, Canned soup, Canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, Low-sugar cereal, Condiments, Cooking oil, Baking mixes, Peanut Butter, Herbs and spices, Baby food.
Most Needed Personal Care Items:
Bar soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toilet paper and paper products, Diapers.
"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." (Psalms 82: 3-4)
40 Days for Life
Twice a year, once during Lent and once during the Fall, St. Mark's joins area parishes in adopting days of peaceful prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood. This life-saving effort is part of 40 Days for Life, an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.
Our current campaign runs from Wednesday, February 26 - Sunday, April 5.
Learn more and sign up by following this link.
During the month of August, Carolyn Hall transforms into an evening and overnight center that provides emergency shelter to those in need.
This effort, one of the most important corporal works of mercy sponsored by the Church of St. Mark, is part of a larger effort run by the Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul.