Commission for Social Justice

St. Magdalen’s has a number of ministries focused on social justice, rooted in a profound respect for human life from the moment of conception until natural death. The Commission for Social Justice includes all activities for life, political responsibility and bio-medical ethics, as well as all ministries currently operating through Our Lady of Hope House. All opportunities to pray and work for justice are rooted in the Gospel message that every person is created with dignity in the image and likeness of God.

Please prayerfully consider sharing your gifts and talents in one of the ministries listed below. To learn more including what training is provided for each ministry, contact the Commission Chair for Social Justice, Sr. Faustina.

For information about the spirituality of stewardship and what it means to make a gift of ourselves in the service of others, please click on A Guide to Stewardship in the Resources section of this page.

Bereavement Ministry - provides spiritual support and care in a safe and confidential environment to parishioners who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information, please contact Joan Purdy at 908-369-4841 or purdy.joan799@gmail.com.

Divorce Care Support Group - provides emotional and spiritual support for the many who experience the pain and isolation of separation and divorce. For more information, or if you would like to speak to a priest please email Carmela at ckinney@stmagdalen.org.

English Language Learning - volunteers conduct ongoing English classes for parishioners, most of whom are Spanish-speaking, to assist in their positive assimilation into our community. For more information, please contact Jim Tubman at 908-963-0546 or jet18@psu.edu.

Family Promise / Interfaith Hospitality – volunteers work with other churches to relieve the suffering of local people experiencing periods of homelessness. For more information, please contact Sue Sabol at 908-782-0482 or saboljr@comcast.net.

Homebound Ministry - gathers the elderly and homebound from our community twice per month to join together in Mass, spiritual formation, and fellowship. For more information, please contact Rita Rafalko at (908) 782-2922.

Lord’s Supper – volunteers shop for, prepare, and deliver meals to more than 50 people in need throughout our community. For more information, please contact Pat Beckman 908-788-5174 or pat.beckman@comcast.net.

Members of the St. Magdalen's Parish Military Outreach Ministry and the Diocese of Metuchen offer their own military-service experiences, practical expertise and support to military personnel. For more information, please contact Al Kosiarski at 908-782-7662 ext. 159 or email Al@fdsnj.com.

Our Lady of Hope House - brings hope in Jesus and healing to parishioners struggling with spiritual, emotional, or material difficulties, providing a wide range of goods and services including food, clothing, and household items. For more information, please contact Sr. Faustina at (908) 782-1773 or srfaustina@stmagdalen.org.

Respect for Life Ministry - keeps in view for the parish the supremely important cause for the support of all life from conception to natural death, through information, prayer, political activity, and planning for the March for Life in Washington, DC. For more information, please contact Eva Jane and Robert Woodruff at (908) 788-4042 or rejwoody2@comcast.net.

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry - provides support for those suffering economic hardship, particularly through the vital corporal work of mercy, to feed those in need. Our food pantry currently serves more than 85 families. For more information, please contact Tom Jeffas at (201) 637-3270.

* This is not an exhaustive list of all stewardship opportunities, as new ministries continue to emerge and take root in our community. While some groups are not currently in need of volunteers, we encourage you to contact organizers for more information.