How Parish Social Ministry (PSM) Works
“I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you made me welcome; lacking clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to see me … In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it to me.” (Matt. 25:35-36, 40)
PSM works with parishes in the Diocese of Jefferson City to empower parishioners to live out their baptismal call to serve the needs of those living right in their own communities. The program assists in establishing or enhancing current parish ministries and programs to address unmet community needs, gather and train volunteers, and help obtain any additional funding needed to implement these services.
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.
Charity & Mercy Grants
Charity and Mercy Grants are given to parishes directly serving vulnerable people in need, regardless of their faith affiliation.
We provide resources and support for Catholic clergy, religious and lay volunteers who minister to the incarcerated in correctional facilities located within the 38 counties covered by CCCNMO.
Faith Community Nursing
The Faith Community Nursing Ministry extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout several counties in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Learn More!
Education & Advocacy
Catholic Charities staff are available to meet a variety of education and training needs for parishes, social service providers, schools, and community groups. Learn More!
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is justice and charity in action through the Church. Learn more.
“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
In partnership with Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Jefferson City, Parish Social Ministry (PSM) is a resource specialist in the development and delivery of services that strengthens the capacity of parish communities to serve vulnerable people of all faiths and become Centers of Charity and Mercy for their neighbors in need. We provide leadership, 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.