Faith in Action Outreach Ministries

Working for peace, working for justice.

At the Franciscan Renewal Center, “Faith in Action” means putting your passion to work for social justice and positive change in the world. We are the hands and feet of Christ, and we are motivated by St. Francis’ revolutionary concept of what it means to embrace all of Creation with love, not blame. Here, 12 different ministry teams await you — to tackle real societal needs across greater Phoenix and North America.

Look for programs and events sponsored by Faith in Action ministries on the Casa's Calendar of Events.

 
Apache Fair Trade
Care for Creation
English as a Second Language
Casa Grounds for Solidarity
Guaymas Hospitality
Casa Habitat for Humanity
Hunger Action
Just Scripture
Justice Formation
Casa Veterans
Valley Interfaith Project
Partnerships & Resources
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Apache Fair Trade* (AFTCO)

Share in the rich history of the Apache people and support their economic development. The Apache Fair Trade Ministry partners with Apache Fair Trade Crafting Cooperative  (AFTCO). This vital cop-op helps American Indians from the San Carlos and White Mountain Apache tribes advance their economy, improve local wages and engage in meaningful work that is at the core of their ancestral spirituality. Volunteers act as “sellers” to set up craft sales at the Casa and other locations across greater Phoenix. Working with AFTCO gives Casa volunteers a deeper understanding and appreciation for our Apache sisters and brothers in Arizona. 

 

*This volunteer ministry is on hiatus, due to the pandemic. The Apache reservations have been on a tight lockdown, restricting the crafters from selling their handcrafts both within and outside of the community. To help our Apache brothers and sisters during this time, please  visit the co-op's eBay Store to view handmade items made by both San Carlos and White Mountain Apaches. To be sure they are made by our crafting co-op members, look for the tag. For more information, email aftco@thecasa.org

Volunteer Job Description

AFTCO Sale Volunteer Description

 
Care for Creation (C4C)

Franciscans acknowledge that all creation emanates from the goodness of God and exists exactly as it is intended to be a “footprint” of God. This worldview embraces all creatures, plants and minerals as our brothers and sisters. In solidarity, we are called to be in right relationship with creation and be mindful of our human impact.  The Care for Creation Ministry studies and recommends methods of change to improve environmental stewardship here at the Casa and elsewhere. This includes energy efficiency, renewable energy forms, recycling and more. For more information, email careforcreation@thecasa.org.

 

Care for Creation mission statement.

This ministry is currently meeting on Zoom.

Volunteer Job Description

Care for Creation Team Member Description

Visit the Volunteer Page to Get Started!

 
English as a Second Language* (ESL)

Imagine trying to live in a foreign country where you don’t know the local language. The ESL Ministry teaches basic English language skills to help immigrants rebuild their lives. Training is provided at the beginning of each school year (Sept. - May). We use a team teaching approach with a lead instructor and teaching assistants. The Lead instructor has educational experience, but this is not necessary for teaching assistants. Assistants are given training so they feel comfortable working with the students. Generally, students are Spanish-speaking, however students of other backgrounds can be found in the classrooms. The ability to speak Spanish is not a volunteer requirement. Lesson plans, classroom handouts, and teaching materials consist of a combination of purchased texts and donated materials, funded by cash grants and donated services from the Casa. Students are dedicated and instructor-student relationships often turn into friendships. As students learn English, volunteer instructors learn about students’ lives, their families, and their work. For more information, email  esl@thecasa.org

*This ministry is on hiatus, due to the pandemic.

Volunteer Job Description

ESL Assistant Instructor Description

ESL Lead Instructor Description

 
Casa Grounds for Solidarity  (Café Justo)

When Casa volunteers sell Café Justo brand coffee, rural Mexican farmers and roasters earn a fair wage that allows them to remain in their homeland with a better quality of life.  Last year the Casa community purchased 1,220 pounds of Café Justo organic, fair trade coffee. That volume supports a family of 10 for an entire year in Mexico.  See the different kinds of coffee sold.  And remember, the difference is in the roasting.

 

Casa Grounds for Solidarity Mission Statement (coming soon)

This ministry is currently meeting on Zoom and in-person with precautions. Visit the Casa's Calendar of Events for upcoming drive-through coffee sales until we can resume selling in the hospitality area and at special events. You can also purchase coffee from our front desk during open hours. For more information, email 

 casagroundsforsolidarity@thecasa.org

Volunteer Job Description

Casa Grounds – Coffee Seller / Team Leader Description (coming soon)

Visit the Volunteer Page to Get Started!

 
Guaymas Hospitality Ministry*

As a volunteer, you will provide overnight care and shelter for the children of Guaymas, Mexico and their families when they come to the Phoenix Shriner’s Clinic for medical care. We arrive at the Casa to pick up a parent and a child, and we help them by opening our home so the family has sleeping accommodations, bath/shower, and meals. These two very tired people show us such gratitude for a simple bed, a few meals and a great deal of love. Responsibilities and activities include meeting the family at the Casa on a Friday afternoon and returning them to the Casa early Saturday morning. Volunteers are asked to prepare a dinner and small breakfast and a snack for their return to Guaymas. Planning an activity for the child is recommended during their one-night stay. You do not need to speak Spanish, only the willingness to interact with the Spanish-speaking family and the desire to share your home with them for one night. For more information, email guaymashospitality@thecasa.org

*This ministry is on hiatus, due to the pandemic.

Volunteer Job Description

Guaymas Medical Ministry Volunteer Description (coming soon)

 
Casa Habitat for Humanity

Casa community members are invited to participate in Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona building projects as a team known as the “Casa Builders.” Be a part of this life-changing work. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate in building. There are a wide range of other roles that help, including organizing lunches for construction teams or babysitting for young families working on the site. See the Casa Build-A-Home video. For more information, email thecasahabitat@thecasa.org

This ministry is currently meeting on Zoom and in-person with precautions.

Volunteer Job Description

Visit the Volunteer Page to Get Started!

Hunger Action Ministry (HAM)
 

In Arizona, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 adults, and 1 in 7 seniors are food insecure. Who goes hungry in America?

 

Our Vision: To be a change agent in our community. Our Mission:  Promoting and supporting organizations in the local community that strive to reduce and eliminate hunger through awareness, advocacy and action. See our most recent HAM newsletter. Email us to sign up for future newsletters: hungeraction@thecasa.org

 

Awareness – Educate the Casa community on hunger issues

  • We educate​ through movie nights (such as "A Place at the Table"), speakers from local organizations that work to combat hunger, and short justice formation courses.

 

Advocacy – Promote state/national legislation affecting food security

  • We provide opportunities for interested participants to reach out and influence legislation on nutrition assistance programs that allows access to healthy foods and moves people toward self-sufficiency. 

Action – Organize service projects in our community

  • Service projects include Casa Kindness Bags for the homeless, food drives for St. Vincent de Paul, and in-person opportunities at food banks, such as St. Mary's and Desert Mission and meal service at St. Vincent de Paul.

This ministry is currently meeting on Zoom and in-person with precautions.

Volunteer 

Visit the Volunteer Page to Get Started!

Just Scripture
Justice Formation: Act Love Walk (ALW)*
 

How does God’s Word speak to you?

Participants in JustScripture study Scripture and Sunday lectionary readings in light of Catholic social teaching and topical issues.  Reflection leads participants to incorporate the Christian and Franciscan mandate to work for justice into their daily lives in a new way.

  • Sharing from a perspective of Franciscan values

  • Biblical issues of justice and mercy that impact our world today

  • An interactive process: a deeply personal and collective experience

  • No previous study of Scripture is needed

  • How to prepare for JustScripture

 

JustScripture currently meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month, from 9-10:30 am on Zoom. Register here.

 

Participate

JustScripture Group Member Description

Contact: justscripture@thecasa.org

 

ACT Justly, LOVE Tenderly, WALK Humbly! Micah 6:8

Justice Formation in the Franciscan Way

 

For seven months, a group of 8-12 participants explore Christ’s call to care for the poor and vulnerable. Participants discover what it means to live justly in today’s world, with the help of St. Francis. Together, the group will encounter Franciscan stories and their own stories in connection to issues in our world today. Additional short-course opportunities focused on faith and justice issues are published on the Casa's Calendar of Events. Registration is required for all faith formation courses.

*The full formation program is temporarily suspended, due to the pandemic.

Volunteer (facilitate or curriculum planning):

Visit the Volunteer Page to Get Started!

To participate:

Contact: alw@thecasa.org

 
Casa Veterans Ministry (CVM)

Connecting. Serving. Healing. The Casa Veterans Ministry provides a safe place where service members, veterans and their families join in community to find healing from their wounds of service. 

 

Purpose:  The purpose of  the Casa Veterans Ministry is to respond to the spiritual and emotional needs of service members, veterans and their families offering a welcoming and compassionate environment.

 

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Casa Veterans Ministry is to take concrete actions to assist service members, veterans and their families with healing and education programs, and with events and services designed to support their spiritual and emotional needs. For more information on this ministry or upcoming veterans programs, email casaveteransministry@thecasa.org.

Project Areas:

  • St. Francis Retreats:  We offer St. Francis Retreats, which are designed to offer healing insights from one of the most beloved but misunderstood saints.  Click here to learn more.

  • St. Joseph Baskets for Homeless Veterans:  Donations are accepted for the St. Joseph Baskets – a welcome basket that includes kitchen, bedroom and bathroom supplies for recently housed homeless veterans.  Click here to learn more.

  • Moral Injury Education:  We provide educational opportunities for the community to understand moral injury/moral repair.  Ministry members have done presentation to several first-responder agencies in the state, health care professional and clergy/ military chaplains, local homeless and housing providers. Click here to learn more.

  • Community Engagement:  We offer a variety of events to bring veterans together with each other and with our civilian community.  This includes Vets Reconnect, Veterans Day Picnic, Memorial Day Rosary and Veterans Day Stations of the Cross.  Click here to learn more.

This ministry is currently meeting on Zoom.

 

Volunteer

Visit the Volunteer Page to Get Started!

 

Valley Interfaith Project (VIP)
Partnerships and Resources
 

Our Catholic faith calls us to work in the public arena on matters that affect the dignity of the human person, and to work in solidarity with the most vulnerable in our society. Casa members are invited to participate in The Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) – a broad-based, non-partisan organization of institutions across greater Phoenix that trains and empowers people to affect change for families at the state and local level. 

VIP is committed to developing the capacity of ordinary people so they can be active participants in all levels of our democracy including: understanding local concerns, researching and presenting issues and developing the ability to interact effectively with public officials. As a founding member of the VIP, the Casa is integral to this Valley-wide organization. Participation by Casa members furthers our social justice imperative to engage in creating a just society. For more information, email vipvolunteers@thecasa.org

 

VIP Mission Statement and VIP member Institutions (coming soon)

 

The Casa VIP Core Team is currently meeting on Zoom.

Volunteer Job Description

Valley Interfaith Project Level 3 Core Team Member Description (coming soon)

Visit the Volunteer Page to Get Started!

 

The Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Our Faith in Action ministry is founded on the Church’s social teaching, a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Read about the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)’s website.

The Salt and Light Model

As a community of faith, we believe that we need to be, more than ever, a source of clear moral vision and effective action. In the words of the scripture (Mt. 5:13-16), we are called to be the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world.” The pursuit of justice and peace is an essential part of what makes us Catholic. Read the document.

Connecting Ourselves to Our Communities and Our World

This world needs you. What can you do? The Casa is all about service to others as we seek to follow the model of St. Francis of Assisi. The Faith in Action Ministry partners with the following charity and justice organizations.

Local & National Partners in Ministry

 

Care for Creation Ministry

 

Casa Grounds for Solidarity

 

Casa Habitat Ministry

 

Casa Veterans Ministry

 

Hunger Action Ministry

 

Valley Interfaith Project Casa Core Team

Other

 

International Partner in Ministry

Other Links and Resources

Local

 

 

Franciscan

 

National

 

Inquire with Patti Sills-Trausch at 480.948.7460, ext. 130 or socialconcerns@thecasa.org

Faith in Action Team
 

Patti Sills-Trausch

Director of Faith in Action Ministries

 

socialconcerns@thecasa.org

Laura Libertore

Faith in Action
Program Coordinator, Ministry Development

laura@thecasa.org

Mass Times

View 2020 Christmas Mass Times (all Masses indoors).

Regular Mass Times

Saturday at 5 pm
Sunday at 8 am and 10 am
Monday - Saturday at 8 am

Also livestreamed on YouTube

with Holy Communion offered on Sundays: 11:30 am - 12 pm

Reconciliation 

Saturdays: 3 - 4 pm

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