Fellow St. Mary's parishioners,

After the Advent adult forum on social justice, I felt led to help organize a meaningful way for us to serve those in need. With Fr. Charles's blessing, I'm asking your prayerful consideration to join me in this work.

Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) is an organization that, among other things, will connect volunteer pen pals to sex workers who are currently incarcerated. We are called to sustain those within God's community with the light of love, understanding, and compassion, and Christ included sex workers within His boundless community.

For those interested, we'll get together after High Mass on January 13th to fill out a volunteer form. From there, SWOP will contact us individually to connect us with our pen pals. I'll be sure to have frequently asked questions handy, so folks can know a little more about this program.

In Christ,
Chris Steinauer