1st Sundays, 8 a.m.
Beatrice Soublet, Coordinator
The Social Action Committee at Our Lady of Lourdes participates in many outreach projects. We work with Habitat for Humanity on an annual basis to assist in the building of a home for a local family. In addition to working with three or four other churches to recruit and coordinate the many hands needed to construct the house over the course of seven Saturdays, Social Action works to raise money within the parish to help fund the project.
We have worked with other agencies to advocate for particular social justice causes, such as the effort to obtain a moratorium on the death penalty in Georgia. Over the past two years, the Social Action Committee has hosted an Alternative Gift Fair at the church to give parishioners an opportunity to purchase gifts that benefit worthy non-profit organizations.
Members of the committee also volunteer to provide a lunch each October at The Edgewood House, a residential outreach center and housing facility for persons living with HIV/AIDS. About four years ago, the committee spearheaded the parish twinning relationship with Our Lady of Fatima in La Fossette, Haiti, through the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA), by raising funds and arranging for the pastor of our sister parish, to make an initial visit to Our Lady of Lourdes.