Parish Social Ministry

Parish Social Ministry

The parish social ministry program empowers parishioners to live out their baptismal call to serve the needs of those living in their local communities.

“Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church’s life… But until now, we have not specifically addressed the crucial role of parishes in the Church’s social ministry… we are convinced that the local parish is the most important ecclesial setting for sharing and acting on our Catholic social heritage.”

—Introduction to USCCB Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish

Parish Social Ministry hosts services that reach into local communities and strengthen the capacity of each parish to be Centers of Charity and Mercy for their neighbors in need. Catholic Charities provides leadership, formation, guidance and training to those called to serve and those who are served. We do this with mutual respect and caring, Christ-centered compassion, insight and adaptability to meet the varied and changing needs of those we serve.

Learn More

Below, you can find the various Parish Social Ministry initiatives the CCCNMO is supporting in the Diocese of Jefferson City. If you have additional questions or desire to learn more, contact Dan Lester, executive director of Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

Main Phone Line:

1015 Edmonds Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109

1240 E. Brown School Rd.
Columbia, MO 65202

421 West 3rd Street
Sedalia, Missouri 65301

Diocese of Jefferson City
Chancery Offices
2207 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 635-9127