Social Concerns Commission/MCU-City: Promotes social justice through education and action on the local,
city, state and national level. It encourages examination of public
policy through the lens of gospel values. MCU-City is part of
Metropolitan Congregation United (MCU), a regional organization of faith
communities who have joined together to address issues of neighborhood
stabilization, economic development and quality of life for all. Meets
monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 7:30 in the Rectory. Contact Sr. Carol Orf (773-9080).
Ministry of Care: This ministry provides support, encouragement, and services to the
sick, elderly, homebound, and to their caregivers. The approach is an
holistic one, addressing the needs of the whole person, in mind, body, and
spirit. Some activities requiring the help of the parish community
include: the preparation and delivery of holiday dinners; the assembly
and delivery of Christmas gift bags; and, the writing and sending of sesonal greetings to the elderly. Contact: Sr. Dorothy Ann Katke (772-1525,
ext. 206). St. Pius V is a member of the South Grand Senior
The Immigrant and Refugee Ministry: welcomes, assists, and advocates for refugees and immigrants who are
settling in the neighborhoods around St. Pius V Parish. Major projects in this
ministry include the Meru Hunger Project and the annual Migration Mass on Epiphany Sunday. Contact: Sr. Paulette Weindel (772-1525, ext.
204). The St. Pius V Immigrant and Refugee Ministry is supported by the
Annual Catholic Appeal.
St. Patrick Center
Casserole Program: Provides
home-cooked meals monthly to the shelter for the homeless. Volunteers
prepare the dishes in their own homes and deliver them to a collection point in
the parish. Contact Kathy Wywrich (773-6535).
St. Vincent de Paul
Society: The St. Pius chapter of this
worldwide Catholic service organization operates a food pantry and provide
material and spiritual assistance to people in need, right in our own
community. Two annual projects that require sizeable volunteer effort are
the preparation and delivery of Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.
Contact Ray Adkisson (773-1029).
The Respect Life Apostolate addresses the entire range of issues touching upon the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person. Special emphasis is placed on the dissemination of information pertaining to the various threats to innocent life: abortion, infanticide, human cloning, embryonic stem-cell research, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Other special concerns are the ministry to women who have had an abortion, support of mothers in difficult circumstances who have chosen to bring their babies into the world, and health care issues across the board, but especially for the very young and the elderly. Contact either Dave Murphy (664-6068) or Elena Switzer (351-5271).