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Peace and Justice Ministry

January 10, 2021

The Diocese of St. Petersburg has partnered with the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to encourage all parishes and Catholic schools to become “Trafficking-Free Zones” to end modern-day slavery and protect children and youth. Participating entities are asked to conduct training sessions, issue a proclamation and offer other educational opportunities. This initiative was announced on December 22, 2020, and the effort is ongoing.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish is the first parish in the Diocese to declare itself a “Trafficking-Free Zone.” This parish has also created an “Anti-Trafficking Event Planning Manual,” in collaboration with the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking.

Florida, particularly the Tampa Bay area, is considered a hotspot for human trafficking. Incidents are expected to spike as Tampa prepares to host Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021. As Catholics, we are called to preserve the sacredness of human life and endeavor to put an end to this form of modern-day slavery.

Parishes are also asked to consider starting an “S.O.S.” Ministry,(Speaking Out on Slavery), which originated at St. Paul Parish, Tampa. A few other parishes such as St. Timothy Parish, Lutz and Espiritu Santo, Safety Harbor, now have S.O.S. chapters and others are considering participation in this movement which seeks to educate about the atrocities of human trafficking, encourage advocacy and support local anti-trafficking organizations that serve local victims.

January is recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

 

On August 3rd, 2020 the ONE COMMUNITY NOW/CONNECTIONS organization located on Main Street, New Port Richey, began holding appointments to assist those in our community who have been financially impacted during the pandemic and are in need of assistance with paying their mortgage, rent, and/or utilities (water,electric).

Information on annual family income is required to determine eligibility for public services funded with federal CARES Act  money. Income is defined as the total current gross income of all family and non-family members 18+years living within the household. All sources of income must be counted from all persons in the household, to include, but is not limited to, Social  Security, child support, cash assistance, etc.

To schedule an appointment, call ONE COMMUNITY NOW/Connections @  727-849-4724.


September 2019

September 2019

PEACE and JUSTICE COMMITTEE support CONNECTIONS FALL FASHION FUNDRAISER
Recently our parish Peace and Justice Committee supported a Fundraiser Fashion Show for Connections Job Development Program . CONNECTIONS began 25 years ago when S. Joan Foley MMS was given a small office  on our original church property by then pastor Father Foynes. A free non-profit program, Connections provides free job search and interview skills training, personalized career guidance, computer training and interview apparel for all. And it all began in OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE PARISH.

 
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