Peace & Justice Ministry

St. Susanna offers a wide range of service opportunities in which parishioners may become engaged - from social justice initiatives to collecting food for our neighbors. Connections are made and activities are plentiful for parishioners to be “men and women for others" in our local community as well as global community. There are ongoing ministries as well as seasonal opportunities.

Ongoing Ministries

Schuh Center Food Pantry

Donations can be placed at the Peace & Justice Kiosk in the Gathering Space of the Church, or dropped off at the Schuh Center, at the rear door, during hours of operation. The Schuh Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-11:00am.

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St. Vincent De Paul

An international Catholic lay organization with a tradition of service dating back to 1833. The Society seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those in need and collaborates with other people of good will. The hallmark of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is to help those in need by person-to-person contact. This allows for an opportunity to listen and care with the intent to help those in need help themselves. Follow this link for more information

St. Vincent de Paul – St. Susanna Conference
Is active and in place to help those contacting the Parish for assistance with food, gas, rent, utilities etc. The parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference is comprised of parishioner volunteers who respond to the requests for assistance. Procedures and criteria are in place for the volunteers so they may give temporary assistance and also referral information to help individuals help themselves. The necessary funds to support the works of the St. Vincent de Paul – St. Susanna Conference come from the fifth Sunday designated Peace & Justice Ministries envelopes in the bi-monthly envelope packets. Prayerfully consider helping the parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference to help those in need.

If you have a desire to put your love for God into action and would like to be involved with the parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference contact the Parish Office at 513-398-3821 ext 3100.

Financial Assistance
If you or someone you know is in need of temporary financial assistance for utility payment, rent payment, purchase of clothing or food items etc, contact the St. Vincent de Paul – St. Susanna Conference at 513.398.3821 ext 3500

Fair Trade

The Fair Trade Ministry helps to educate people about fair trade, helps with monthly Fair Trade sales and helps with seasonal sales as decided upon. Lean more about Fair Trade.

Contact Mary Jo Burns, 398-3821 ext 3120.

Food For All

Every month, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio travels to Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Brown, Adams and Hamilton counties to provide nutritious food to our neighbors in the Archdiocese that reside in food deserts. Working with local organizations, a mobile pantry is set up for the day and volunteers are needed to set up and distribute the food items at each site.

St. Susanna Food for All mobile pantry volunteer info: 

  • Clermont County (2nd Friday of the month)
  • Highland County (4th Thursday of the month)
  • We meet in the St. Susanna parking lot at 7:45am, carpool to the pantry, and generally return by 2:00/2:30pm.
  • If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, contact Mary Jo Burns at burnsmj@stsusanna.org or 513-398-3821, ext. 3120.

Parishioners are also welcome to volunteer on their own for any of the mobile pantries. Visit ccswoh.volunteerhub.com, create an account and register for the site where you would like to volunteer.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County

For the past 25 years, St. Susanna’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Ministry has been providing meals and fellowship to the families working with Family Promise to better their futures.

If you would be interested in participating in St. Susanna’s IHN Ministry by preparing meals and/or being a meal host, fellowship host or overnight host, please contact Mary Jo Burns, burnsmj@stsusanna.org.  Training is provided for the host volunteer positions. www.familypromisewarren.org.

Peanut Butter Ministry
Every week, volunteers from St. Susanna make over 650 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches and 100 sack lunches that are then delivered to the St. Anthony Center in Downtown Cincinnati on Monday morning.  There they are distributed to the many local homeless and poor people.  Many recipients arrive as early as 5:00am to get in line for a day job, and do not get out of line when the soup kitchens open at 8:00am because they do not want to lose their spot in line. Each week, the following ingredients are used:
  • 700 ounces of Peanut Butter
  • 500 ounces of Jelly
  • 65 loaves of bread, or enough buns for 650 sandwiches
  • 100 drink boxes
  • 100 pieces of fruit
  • 100 servings of cookies or snacks
  • 650 plastic sandwich bags for sandwiches
  • 100 ziplock bags for cookies/snacks
  • 100 Oversized or 8lb lunch bags

How can you help?

  • Volunteers are needed to pick up supplies to make 60-70 sandwiches on a given Saturday, and then make and return them to the Fr. Dan Schuh Center on Sunday.
  • Those that like to drive, might like to help deliver the lunches on a Monday morning to the St. Anthony Center in Downtown Cincinnati.
  • Anyone with a love to draw, could help with decorating lunch bags made with love.  This is truly a gift to the recipients.
  • Maybe you are good at encouraging people, and could type up 100 notes to slip in the sack lunches?

There are so many ways to serve and reach out, without even leaving our homes.  Please contact Roberta Brunck at roberta.anne18@gmail.com or 777-1476.