Social Justice

“No one can claim, as Cain did, that he is not responsible for the fate of his brother.” – Blessed Pope John Paul II (1920 – 2005)

There is Life in the Womb by Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ – Matthew 25:40

“If human dignity were based solely on the successes and accomplishments of individuals, then those who are weak, sick, or helpless would have no dignity….[God] looks at every person and loves him as though he were the only creature in the world. Because God has looked upon even the least significant child of Adam, that person possesses an infinite worth, which must not be destroyed by man.” – Youcat, no. 280

Manna Kitchen

Manna Kitchen provides a free hot meal and fellowship for all who attend. The meal is held at the parish hall every Monday night from 5-6 p.m.

This outreach program is continued on Wednesday evenings at the First United Methodist Church, at the corner of First and Main, Maryville, and on Thursday evenings at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 211 S. Main, Maryville.

Volunteers: Each Monday, parishioners can volunteer at this important community ministry. First, parishioners are needed to help set-up and start cooking at around 3:30 p.m. Clean-up is usually finished around 6:30 p.m. Second, volunteers are needed to bring a covered dish or dessert. Third, parishioners are needed to provide transportation to those who do not have transportation or to take meals to the home-bound.

Ministry Center

The Maryville Ministry Center assists individuals and families in need through its food pantry/clothing closet. The Center also organizes the Backpack Program which provides backpacks filled with nutritious and kid-friendly snacks to children. The backpacks are refilled weekly. Located at 971 South Main Street, the Ministry Center is sponsored by the Maryville Ministerial Fellowship and receives donations from the community.

Clients: The Maryville Ministry Center is open 2–4 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Volunteers: St. Gregory’s Parish families are invited to bring food items to the church gathering space for the food pantry at the Ministry Center. Parishioners can also volunteer to sort clothing and stock shelves at the pantry. Those wishing to volunteer at the Center should contact the Ministry Center directly at 660-582-6649.

Prison Ministry

The mission of the Prison Fellowship Ministry is to assist those serving time in the Maryville Treatment Center in the rehabilitation process. The most important step in the rehabilitation is a spiritual one. This occurs when an inmate consciously turns away from their old way of life and dedicates their life to Jesus Christ. Those serving in the prison ministry provide education and support to the inmates on their faith journey. The ministry also serves to fulfill the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Meetings: Volunteers meet each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. to conduct communion services at the Maryville Treatment Center located in the former Mount Alverno Convent at 30227 US Highway 136.

Volunteers: There is a need for volunteers to teach, guide, and encourage inmates in their spiritual growth as well as give resources to inmates. The prison administration trains volunteers so they can follow the prison and Missouri state laws for their protection and safety.

Tri-County Right to Life

Tri-County Right to Life is a non-denominational chapter of Missouri Right to Life. They advocate for the right to life of the unborn, disabled, and elderly through legislation and education. Some of their projects are the “Life Chain” held in downtown Maryville in October and participating in the Nodaway County Fair Parade held in Maryville each July.

Meetings: Tri-County Right to Life meetings are held at the Maryville Pizza Hut at noon on the second Monday of every month.

Volunteers: Parishioners are needed to participate in the “Life Chain” and to hand out flyers at the Nodaway County Fair. There is also a need for members, officers, and committee chairs.

Angel Tree

Twice a year, the parish participates in the Angel Tree Program. This program gives parishioners an opportunity to give to others in the true spirit of Christmas. Family/individual recipients are suggested by Community Services, Inc. of Northwest Missouri. The names and their wish lists are placed on an Angel Tree in the gathering space.

Parishioners select an “angel” from the tree and buy a Christmas gift (December) or back-to-school clothing (July). Gifts are returned to the church and later distributed to the family/individual.