At Christ, Our Light!, many of our Christian Service groups are advocates for the vulnerable. On this page, we will provide information and requests for action pertaining to support of those in need of advocacy help and protection. To learn more, contact: Elaine Cervera; 248.649.5510, ext. 105 or [email protected]
- The Hyde Bill:
From the Michigan Catholic Conference (at link to Michigan Catholic Conference/Hyde Bill):
"The Hyde Bill is a federal policy which has prevented taxpayer dollars from paying for elective abortions. Its language has been approved every year since then, regardless of which political party has been in control in Congress or the presidency..."
Currently, there is an initiative to eliminate the Hyde Amendment. Provided below is a link that will allow you to sign a petition protecting this amendment:
Please feel free to also explore these advocacy groups that Christ, Our Light! supports:
Gianna House: Located in Eastpointe, Gianna House at giannahouse.org responds not only to the needs of housing pregnant women and new mothers, but is the base for their Community Outreach Program -- a vibrant and growing ministry that has served hundreds of women and children on the margins through educational classes such as parenting, childbirth, personal growth, nutrition, sewing, and finance management.
A Vision For Clean Water at https://avisionforcleanwater.org also know as AVFCW, is a non-profit (501c3) with the goal of teaching and training others how to design, implement, and sustain clean water and sanitation projects in countries around the world.
Strangers No Longer:
Special Zoom event on Monday, June 14, at 7 PM: The Strangers No Longer Circles of Support at Our Mother of Perpetual Help and Christ, Our Light! have had the opportunity to support and get to know some immigrant families in southeastern Michigan. We have come to see that there are many stories to hear and every one is different. Why do these immigrant families decide to make such a dangerous journey? What do they experience in their travels? What do they hope for from the U.S.?
Some of the members of the SNL immigrant women Circles of Support have made the difficult and courageous decision to reach out to our parishes and share their lived experiences.
Their stories are real and heartbreaking but they want to share them with us to help Americans understand how U.S. immigration policy affects real people.
Strangers No Longer (501c3) is a network of parishes and congregations in our Archdiocese and Wayne, Oakland and Livingston counties. Circles of Support in more than 20 parishes provide assistance to immigrants in the Michigan area and advocate for comprehensive and humane immigration policies. strangersnolonger.org Parish Circle Leader: Kay Sulfaro, SNL board member; [email protected]
Saint Dominic Outreach: Located at Warren and Trumbull near Wayne State University and serving the needs of eligible individuals and families in the Detroit community, Saint Dominic Outreach, a ministry supported by our church, continues to supply food pantry groceries (and much more). Donations may be made on their website: https://www.stdominicoutreach.org/donate.html The outreach will also be grateful for the food items brought to our large blue bin at our church entrance: pull-tab canned salmon, ham, chicken, ravioli, spaghetti; stovetop, boxed-rice and macaroni-and-cheese meals; packets of tuna, etc. With any questions, please feel free to call the center at 313.831.6070.
Catholic Community Response Team: ccresponseteam.weebly.com/
Saint Vincent de Paul: HOW THEY HELP: During these trying times, your SVdP (Saint Vincent de Paul) Conference can help individuals and families experiencing hardship. Please direct calls to the church office to leave a message on our SVdP line at 248.649.5510, ext. 112. A Vincentian will call within 24 hours. We can help with evictions, food and clothing needs, and utility shut-offs for parishioners and anyone living within our parish boundaries. People who live outside our parish boundaries will be referred to the SVdP Conference that serves their area. All communication and inquiries will be held in confidence.