Justice & Charity

“Service & Action, Charity and Justice are complimentary components of parish social ministry. Neither alone is sufficient; both are essential signs of the gospel at work.” Communities of Salt and Light NCCB,1193

Simply put, our work for justice is work to bring about "right relationships." We work for justice in the various communities of which we are a part: our families; the community of St. John Neumann; Eagan; the broader metropolitan area; the state of Minnesota; the United States; and the global community. Social justice complements our Christian charity ministries by focusing on root causes of human suffering and the prevention of problems. Justice is about living out the tenets of our Catholic social teaching.

Below you will find information about many of the Justice and Charity Ministries at SJN:

Catholic Social Teaching

St. John Neumann Catholic Church joyfully announces a series of monthly presentations and discussions on Catholic Social Teaching. These presentations will explore the seven fundamental themes, such as, the dignity of the human person, the dignity of work and God's care for creation. After each presentation we will gather in small groups for discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.

Where: St. John Neumann Catholic Church

4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN

When: Beginning this October and running each month through May of 2023

COST: There is no cost for attendance but a free-will offering is appreciated.

Format of the Evening:

6:30-6:40pm Welcome/Pray

6:40-7:20pm Presentation

7:20-7:30pm Hospitality

7:30-8:25pm Small Groups

8:25-8:30pm Closing Prayer

Registration Below

RSVP is needed for planning purposes. Please use the links to access RSVP for the event by clicking on REGISTRATION under each session.

An Overview of Catholic Social Tradition - Dr. Michael Naughton

October 25th from 6:30-8:30pm.


Life and Dignity of the Human Person - Dr. William Stevenson

November 15th, 6:30-8:30 pm


Rights and Responsibilities - Dr. Robert Kennedy

December 20th, 6:30-8:30 pm


The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers - Dr. Jeanne Buckeye

January 17th, 6:30-8:30 pm


Call to Family, Community, and Participation - Dr. Deborah Savage

February 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm


Option for the Poor and Vulnerable - Dr. Robert Kennedy

March 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm


Solidarity - Dr. Emily Dahdah

April 18th, 6:30-8:30 pm


Care of God’s Creation - Dr. Arthur Hippler

May 16th, 6:30-8:30 pm


Church of Gichitwaa Kateri --School Supplies*

Our sister parish in South Minneapolis, serves members of the Native American community.

Since 1975 (as the Blessed Kateri Community until 2008) members of the Catholic American Indian community celebrate Eucharist weekly in a way that respects the American Indian spiritual traditions incorporating religious songs, pipe ceremony, and use of the medicines.

Year Round Support from St. John Neumann

  • Food Donation: accepted weekly at SJN
  • School Supplies: June – August
  • Winter Apparel: September – October
  • Halloween candy - Fall Party: September – mid-October
  • Christmas Support through The Giving Tree: financial donations or gift cards are used to purchase Christmas gifts, warm clothing, and personal care items for the elders and their families

School Supplies for Gichitwaa Kateri--now through August 23rd*

Please place your donations in the assigned area in the Gathering Space

-Backpack, 24 ct. box crayons, pencil case/container, colored pencils, highlighters, narrow-tip washable markers, Dry erase markers, pencils, wide tip washable markers, mechanical pencils, pens, pencil sharpener, 3-ring binder pencil case, 3-ring binders, compass /protractor, Glue sticks, bottles of glue, large pink erasers, notecards, Construction paper, graph paper, college-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, wide-ruled loose leaf notebook paper, college-ruled composition books, graph Ruled Spiral Notebooks, spiral/bound notebooks (wide ruled), spiral/bound notebooks (college ruled), wide-ruled composition books, college-ruled composition books, Kleenex/tissues, box or small packs, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, Headphones, Ear buds, Scientific calculator, T-I 30 or T-I 84, pocket folders, Post-it notes, A clear ruler that is marked both standard/metric, safety scissors, watercolor paint set


Building the Common Good

Building The Common Good Ministry provides adult educational opportunities throughout the year that helps to develop awareness related to timely topics and challenges one to reflect on how to respond as it relates to our Catholic faith and Catholic Social Teaching. This ministry also collaborates with Twin Cities Catholic Charities, Office of Social Justice in offering a Sowers of Justice Meet up session yearly.

Ministry Team members brainstorm possible topics, and initiate contact with potential speakers. Once speakers are secured, ministry members write bulletin and pulpit announcements and assist with publicity related to St. John Neumann's electronic media. Team members assist with organizational logistics leading up to event and provide hospitality during sessions.


Feed My Starving Children

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: volunteers hand-pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children, and we send them to partners around the world where they're used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. FMSC food has reached more than 70 countries in our history.

Feed My Starving Children has been paused until further notice due to COVID-19

FMSC Eagan

990 Lone Oak Road #136
Eagan, MN 55121

For additional information:

Just Marketplace (Fair Trade)

The Just Marketplace ministry and annual Fair Trade sale strives to carry out the gospel values and Catholic Social Teachings of caring for the poor, providing dignity to workers and to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world by:

  1. Providing an alternative way to shop that encourages a direct beneficial relationship between producers and consumers
  2. Creating a greater understanding of global solidarity and generate cross cultural awareness
  3. Educating individuals on how purchases can impact economically disadvantaged producers and demonstrate how Fair Trade advances social justice.

Fair Trade: A commitment to Building Relationships

  • Promoting fair prices
  • Fostering safe working conditions
  • Creating cooperative work places
  • Providing just wages, credit and technical assistance
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Long term relationships
Fair trade Logo

When you purchase fair trade items at the St. John Neumann Fair Trade sale you are putting Catholic social teaching into action and helping to support a vision of economic justice.

Ministry Contacts:

More information

Loaves and Fishes

Dorothy Day Center

420 Dorothy Day Place

St. Paul MN 55102

To help on the next Friday or Saturday sign-up online: HERE

Loaves & Fishes serves the hungry and homeless at the Dorothy Day Center in St Paul on the 4th Friday and Saturday of every month. Volunteers are needed every 4th Friday to cook from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, serve from 4:00 pm 6:00 pm and every 4th Saturday to cook from 7:00 am – 8:30 am, serve from 8:30 am 10:00 am. For ages 16 and older.

Our mission:

  • Feed the hungry.
  • Educate the public.
  • Empower guests and volunteers.
  • Develop change for the sake of justice!

Ministry Contacts (name and phone/email):

SIGN UP: here

Meals on Wheels

Northwest Dakota County Meals on Wheels

During these difficult times, Meals on Wheels in Northwest Dakota County provides a safe and effective way to get meals to people in need. Meal deliveries occur on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Do you know of someone in need? Would you like to sign-up to have meals delivered to you? Call 952-393-9860

Are you able to help us with this endeavor? Join many SJN parishioners who are part of our team.


Or consider helping us with a donation. This organization is funded through the generous support of community groups and individuals. Click here to donate.


The Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) works with area churches to promote the building and preservation of affordable housing in local cities, Dakota County, and Minnesota. There are two MICAH groups in Northern Dakota County: MICAH-Eagan, and MICAH-South which includes people from various congregations in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, Rosemount, Lakeville, and Farmington.

Ministry Contacts:

What is MICAH?

Religious leaders, community members and low income housing developers founded MICAH in 1988 in response to the accelerating homeless crisis. Through MICAH, more than 150 congregations from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith traditions organize for justice in housing. We envision a metropolitan area where everyone without exception has a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.

What does MICAH believe?

• That God calls us to care about our neighbors and our communities.

• That being true to our faith means transforming faith into action at the public policy level.

What does MICAH do?

MICAH lives out the prophetic vision that calls us "to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God". (Micah 6:8). We act in our cities, counties, the region and the state legislature to create resources and policies to build affordable homes and to reduce the barriers to building affordable housing. MICAH has built relationships, established ourselves as an affordable housing resource, given decision-makers essential guideposts against which to make sound choices, built our credibility at the local level, and developed a history of affordable housing campaign victories

What are some of the results of MICAH's work?

• 4,371 families have an affordable home because MICAH leaders spoke up of their development or preservation.

• 20% set-aside policy. Minneapolis housing policy now guarantees that all new housing development with 10 or more units will set aside 20% of those units as affordable. It also targets the city's housing dollars to individuals earning below 50% of the metropolitan median income (MMI).

• 27 land use plans have been strengthened to reduce regulatory barriers to affordable housing, including inclusionary zoning, increased housing densities, and reducing development fees.

• In coalition, we increased state appropriations by $52 million for affordable housing programs.

• We increased local investment in affordable housing by supporting the Minneapolis Housing Trust Fund and incentive funds in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Please join us TODAY to ensure MORE children, and parents and elders in our communities have a safe, affordable place to live.

For more information about our work visit our website:


Metropolitan Interfaith Council On Affordable Housing

Questions: Jean MacFarland - jeanmeacfarland@comcast.net

Please go to www.micah.org for the latest information on meetings and events

MICAH South Chapter Monthly Meeting on the Second Tuesdays

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Monthly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZAqdOGrrTwvHNRJO_kW4MLiaUZqx2gnwgYY/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGsqTgiGdeStR-HRpwIB4jCWenztmZYgo1vtjDaCBcHTy__N9d4I6otF9bH

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 847 3833 7560

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdB1bH6sYP

The Military Service Prayer Board Ministry

The Military Service Prayer Board Ministry supports active and retiring military personnel and their families by leading and creating appropriate parish prayer, recognition, reintegration and volunteer efforts. It also identifies ways to honor deceased military personnel.

To add your Serviceperson to our MSSM Prayer Board, please read and fill out the form posted below!


San Lucas Toliman - Guatemala




FEB 17 - 27, 2023

Contact Terri Wong at 651-208-1693 for more information.

The cost of the trip, including airfare, housing, and meals, will be approximately $1,675.00 per person.

A non-refundable deposit of $200, payable to Friends of San Lucas by October 1st:

SJN San Lucas Ministry/Adult Trip Attn: Terri Wong Friends of San Lucas

3459 Washington Dr. Ste 207 Eagan, MN 55122


Come and experience Guatemala! A fabulous 11 day retreat, where we will work and learn about the beautiful Mayan culture!


Café Juan Ana is for sale in the Gathering space after all masses on the following dates. Proceeds go to the Youth Ministry program to support their upcoming trip to San Lucas next summer and help the small coffee growers in Guatemala.

September 17/18

October 8/9

November 12/13

December 10/11


Help Provide Stoves for San Lucas Tolimàn, Guatemala

For the past 18 years, St. John Neumann parish has supported the San Lucas Mission’s Stove Project for the people in and around San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. Due to your generosity, the San Lucas Mission has been able to build and provide more than 4050 stoves to needy families over the years. The San Lucas Mission hires local stove crews to build these needed stoves.

However, the need is still great. Many families still cook over an open fire inside their homes, and wood is scarce.

A family’s quality of life is enhanced through the significant reduction of smoke and fumes in their home with these new stoves. A fuel-efficient wood-burning stove burns two-thirds less wood each week while providing a safe cooking surface. A safer and cleaner environment is created not only within their home but also for the entire San Lucas Community.

For more info on how to help, click the links below:

St. John Neumann Trip Leaders Terri Wong and Arch Mrkvicka.


For more information, the Stove Project PDF can be found on the bottom of the page.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree allows parishioners to live the values of the Kingdom as we respond in loving service to the needs of our local, regional, and global communities. The Giving Tree supports organizations that provide basic needs and works to incorporate social justice to help address the underlying social and economic structures that cause poverty.

Beginning seven weeks before Christmas, decorated trees with ornaments will be placed in the gathering space. Each ornament represents a gift for a person or an organization. Gifts identified on the ornament are the needs expressed by the various organizations St. John Neumann is supporting.

  • GIVING TREE VOLUNTEERS: Please sign up at https://signup.com/go/L5awAm to help make giving tree ornaments (10/26), hang up ornaments (11/3), staff tables during weekend Masses to assist parishioners in selecting gift ornaments (11/6-12/5), and sort gift donations (12/5).

Church of Gichitwaa Kateri: A South Minneapolis parish, serves members of the Native American Community, is in need of gift cards to Walmart, Aldi, Walgreens, Target or CVS. Personal items for the elders, such as slippers, gloves, warm socks, reach tools, key finders, motion sensor night lights, lotion, etc. Any toys or games for kids of all ages 1-18.

Northside Child Development Center (Catholic Charities): Provides early childhood education programs, early prevention and intervention services, family visiting, parent programming, and school counseling. Your donations will allow families in need to purchase groceries, gas, and Christmas gifts for their children.

Donate at https://www.cctwincities.org/st-john-neumann-giving-event/

Dorothy Day Center (Catholic Charities): Financial donations fund monthly meals for Loaves and Fishes.

Mail or bring checks, payable to St. John Neumann, to the parish office or drop in the alms box, or by mail. Write “Loaves and Fishes” in memo.

Joseph’s Coat: Financial donations will be used for hygiene products, winter jackets, and operational expenses.

Donate at http://www.josephscoatmn.org

Meals on Wheels: Financial donations will help support and provide healthy meals to homebound individuals and seniors.

Donate at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Meals-On-Wheels-In-Northwest-Dakota-County

The Open Door Food Pantry: Financial donations help end hunger in Dakota County.

Send checks, with “SJN Giving Tree” in memo, to: The Open Door, 3910 Rahn Rd., Eagan, MN 55122, or donate online at https://theopendoorpantry.org/

Lewis House (360 Communities): Provides emergency housing and assistance for 600 people a year escaping domestic or sexual violence. Financial donations will be used for Christmas gifts, transportation, winter coats/clothing, and personal hygiene items. Send checks to: 360 Community, 501 E Hwy 13, Unit 112, Burnsville, MN 55337. Write “Lewis House (SJN Giving Tree)” in memo.

St. John Neumann: Donations of $25 gift cards from Target, Cub, Walmart, Aldi, for our local community. Write donation amount on gift card and drop off at SJN parish office.


The Open Door Food Pantry

The Open Door Food Pantry

The Open Door, Located in Eagan, is a hunger relief organization dedicated to ending local hunger through access to healthy food. Through its collective programs, The Open Door serves more than 6,000 Dakota County residents each month, and distributes over 1 million pounds of food annually, 70% of which is fresh and/or perishable. Clients are able to access healthy food choices through a fixed-site food pantry in Eagan, multiple Mobile Pantry sites, the Mobile Lunch Box, and the Garden To Table program.

The Open Door—with the support of the community—is able to assist thousands of local individuals each month through a variety of programs designed to connect those in need with fresh, nutritious options:

  • Healthy food support at our Pantry, 23 Mobile Pantry® sites, and The Mobile Lunch Box, provided to more than 6,000 individuals each month.
  • Garden To Table® program: 200+ community garden plots, orchards, and perennial gardens, allows families to grow the food their family needs, free of charge.
  • Family Advocacy/Community resource referrals link families to critical, stabilizing services at social service agencies.

How can you help? You can help by going to https://theopendoorpantry.org. There are many ways you can help with:

  • Food donation
  • Food trailer handlers: Please sign up, select your shift(s), and see detailed information regarding trailer and food duties at:
  • Financial donations
  • Volunteer


Thanksgiving Baskets

The community of St. John Neumann, in collaboration with Faith Formation Students and their families, donate non-perishable food items, special treats, and a cardboard basket from CUB to assemble beautiful Thanksgiving baskets which are donated to The Open Door food pantry. In addition, St. John Neumann provides a $25 grocery card collected through the Giving Tree for the baskets to purchase perishables. The Open Door distributes the baskets through a lottery system to their clients. This program runs from October to mid-November.

Volunteer to staff a table after Mass on October 15.

Click here to Volunteer


Click on "Thanksgiving Basket Instructions" below to view and/or download the instructions.