Peace, Justice and Human Concerns
The Peace, Justice & Human Concerns Commission works to promote awareness within the parish regarding social justice issues. It seeks to publicize opportunities for outreach activities, provide educational materials and make suggestions to the pastor concerning the disbursement of Charity and Justice Funds.
The Compassionate Friends is a support organization for families who have experienced the death of a child at any age from any cause. In monthly support group meetings, bereaved parents, adult siblings, and grandparents can talk freely about the emotions and experiences they're going through and receive the understanding, hope, and friendship of others who have "been there." The Durham chapter is sponsored jointly by Holy Infant and Immaculate Conception parishes. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday monthly at 7pm at Immaculate Conception Church.
CROP Walk is an annual event sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to combat world hunger and supply food to local organizations such as Urban Ministries of Durham and Meals on Wheels. Parishioners can participate in CROPWalk by:
1) volunteering to walk the CROPWalk in March or April for eight kilometers (5 miles) or 2) sponsoring a walker by donating a specific amount of money for completing the walk. The walker’s time commitment is approximately three hours on CROP Walk day and about three hours collecting sponsor monies.
DSW is a Catholic service organization sponsored by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and based in the heart of Camden, New Jersey. A DSW retreat is an opportunity to spend time away for service activities, prayer and reflection to deepen one’s Christian vision and more readily recognize the need and the power of Christian virtues for every place in which we find ourselves. Subscribe to our Newsletter.
Families Moving Forward offers a temporary home to families with children in the crisis of homelessness. Working together, they create a path to stability and self-sufficiency through personalized services and ongoing community support. Holy Infant is a partner congregation to Families Moving Forward.
The Food Pantry is a support program for the Triangle community, especially those served by Baby Love and Catholic Charities. Parishioners are invited to bring non-perishable food items and baby necessities to weekend liturgies and place them in the food basket in the atrium. Volunteers on this committee sort the donated food/items, then prepare bags for pick-up by Baby Love and Catholic Charities. This is done on a weekly basis usually on Monday mornings.
Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate poor housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat homes are built by volunteers and the homeowner-to-be. Holy Infant participates by assisting on organized workdays on an as-needed basis. No previous building experience is needed as there are tasks for all skill levels. Volunteers must be the age of 16 or older to be on the work site. Holy Infant also supports Habitat by providing refreshments for special work events organized by Habitat. An email with forthcoming opportunities is sent to interested parishioners on a regular basis.
Holy Infant Community Garden
The HI Community Garden provides fresh, organically grown vegetables to organizations and churches that assist the needy with food, such as Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, Catholic Social Services, and Holy Cross Catholic Church. Volunteers from the parish and local community plant vegetables and flowers, weed, water, harvest, and construct new raised beds for planting. A limited number of beds are available for parish families to grow fresh vegetables for their own table. Volunteering in the garden, typically on Saturday mornings, is a great way to build community relationships and teach your children how to grow vegetables.
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers deliver hot noonday meals (Monday through Friday) to southern Durham County residents unable to provide for themselves. Some volunteers work alone while many team with a partner. Typically, the route is completed in less than two hours. Most volunteers deliver one or two days a month.
The Respect Life Committee mobilizes parish energies to work on behalf of life at all stages including issues dealing with the sick and terminally ill, abortion, biotechnology, the elderly and the needs of families. The Committee coordinates seasonal events such as collecting baby items for Catholic Charities and Pregnancy Support Services (PSS) after weekend liturgies, information dispersal, and similar activities. The Committee meets on an ad hoc basis. Please visit the News and Events sections on the front (home) page of the website for information on Respect Life initiatives currently of special interest.
Share Your Christmas
Share Your Christmas is a parish project designed to share the joy of Christmas with those in the Durham community who are in need. Names and gift suggestions are provided by Catholic Charities and Durham Social Services. In late November, participating parishioners select a name and purchase the gift. The wrapped gift is returned to the church during the first weekend of December. Committee members coordinate the project, make the gift tags, track the gift buyers’ names and phone numbers, and bundle the gifts for distribution. The primary time commitment for this project is from late November until early December.
Social Justice Education and Initiatives
The mission of this ministry is to enhance parishioner’s knowledge and understanding of social justice teachings in the Gospel and opportunities for promoting justice in our local and global communities.
Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) Dinners
The Urban Ministries of Durham offers a variety of services to the homeless of the Durham community. Holy Infant Parishioners help UMD by providing and/ or serving the evening meal at the UMD homeless shelter on the third Sunday of 10 months per year. A sign-up sheet is available in the atrium two weeks prior to the scheduled dinner, where parishioners volunteer to donate food items or to prepare and serve the meal.
The Yarn Ministry utilizes the traditional yarn arts of knitting and crocheting to provide gifts of handcrafted garments, blankets, and other useful items to those in need of physical and emotional comfort. Members are also committed to teaching others to knit and crochet as part of their monthly gatherings.