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:

Church of Gichitwaa Kateri

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


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.

Building The Common Good BTCG

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 - Bill Blazar will present "Immigration and the Minnesota Economy," from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the SJN Social Hall. There will be a free will offering.
  • Monday, February 7, 2022 - Eagan Police Chief, Roger New, will speak about "Policing in a Multi-Racial Society," from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Eagan City Hall Conference Room, 3830 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan, MN

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - Joan Miltenberger, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) Statewide Organizer, will present "No Poor Among You: Community, Policy and Politics," from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the SJN Social Hall.


Dakota County Temporary Shelter

(This ministry is on pause until further notice due to COVID)

The Adult Temporary Homeless Shelter in Dakota County is a rotating overnight shelter that operates from November 1 through April 1. There are many ways for us to help our neighbors in need; being a shelter aid, washing laundry in your home, helping move the shelter from church to church and donating items needed to run the shelter. SJN provides a meal once a month. Volunteers buy, prepare, and serve the meal.


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-10

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


Just Faith Registration Form

JustFaith has been revitalized and renewed. While it continues to be for those of you who want to further develop your understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and how it is to guide our behavior as Catholics while we face the world around us, particularly the poor and vulnerable. In JustFaith, small groups of people gather to pray, learn about issues, engage in conversation, and encounter the needs of the world through the lens of Church teaching.


Do you want to learn how to advocate for racial equity within your family, church and community?

JustFaith Ministries’ has created a series of programs to help you reflect on past and present racial injustices. St. John Neumann has enriched these programs with readings and videos that provide insight how Catholic Social Teaching and racism are connected. These programs will create a safe space for having conversations about how power and privilege have contributed to racial inequity. The programs include wisdom from community advocates, and tools to help you discern action steps for working toward an end to racism. The series of programs are:

Faith and Racial Equity - Exploring Power and Privilege and a Catholic Perspective

Faith and Racial Healing - Faith, Racial Teaching, and a Catholic Perspective

Faith and Racial Justice: Redirecting Systems and Structures and Catholic Social Teaching

You do not need to complete the series of programs in sequence. Program one will be offered September of 2020. Program two will be offered in January of 2021. The third program is planned for January 2022.

Ministry Contacts:

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

Time: 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

  • Feb 9, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Mar 9, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Apr 13, 2021 05:00 PM
  • May 11, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Jun 8, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Jul 13, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Aug 10, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Sep 14, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Oct 12, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Nov 9, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Dec 14, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Jan 11, 2022 05:00 PM

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

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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

2021 Mission postponed due to COVID-19

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

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


St. John Neumann Book Club

A group of book lovers who meet the 2nd Thursday of each month 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. We gather downstairs in meeting room #14.

Books are selected from member suggestions and have a variety of topics and interests.

Our annual service project is to collect teen books for the Open Door Food Pantry. We have also helped collect prizes (books) for the Summer Sizzle Picnic. Other projects have come about through ideas from the books we have read.

What we are Reading for the remainder of 2021:

  • August – The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennet
  • September – Inside the O’Briens- Lisa Genova
  • October – In a Far Off Land - Stephanie Landsem
  • November – The Paris Architect – Charles Belfourne
  • December – Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners – Gretchen Anthony


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 ensemble 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.


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