Justice for Jesus Ministry

African Water Well Project St. Francis Kawama Zambia 07/01/18







"Be doers of the word”  James 1:22

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the basis of all the principles of our social teaching.

Helping the underprivileged and marginalized members of society stems from a long tradition dating back to when Christ walked the earth, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked.  Catholics today embrace this practice in myriad ways as we continuously endeavor to put our beliefs into action. 

At Ave Maria Parish, we strive to address the needs of those in our immediate community, as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world by focusing on the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Feeding the Hungry

  • We partner with Community Covenant Church in Peabody to feed homeless families serviced by Family Promise
  • Volunteers prepare and serve meals at My Brother’s Table in Lynn

Giving Drink to the Thirsty

  • Our 2018 Lenten Almsgiving Project funded water wells for parishioners of St. Peters Kansuswa and St. Francis West in Zambia

Clothing the Naked

  • We coordinated a diaper drive for homeless families living in a local hotel
  • We led a diaper coupon collection and purchased diapers for needy families

Sheltering the Homeless

  • We supported a “Mercy Bag” project collecting toiletries for the homeless
  • We coordinated with the Department of Children and Families to disseminate information to parishioners about foster care and offer support to current foster care families

Visiting the Sick

  • Members distribute Holy Communion at North Shore Medical Center in Salem
  • Our 2019 Lenten Almsgiving Project supported a medical clinic in Begoua, Central African Republic

Visiting the Imprisoned

  • A member leads a Rosary group at a local prison
  • We donated Bibles and Rosaries to a correctional facility
  • Members lead Divine Mercy prayer services for the intention of prisoners
  • A member held workshops for addicts in a recovery program

Burying the Dead

  • We sponsored Burial and Estate Planning seminars at OLA and SMG

We invite you to participate!  Due to current COVID restrictions and precautions, we are currently meeting via Zoom on the second Saturday of every month at 9:00 am.  When we resume in-person meetings, these will be held in the Parish Business Office, 17 Grove Street, Lynnfield. For those who want to participate, but can’t attend meetings, we can keep you informed via email.  Let us add you to the list! Whether you’ve prayed for us, donated financially, or shared your time and talents to support our work… WE THANK YOU!