Mary Mother’s Social Justice Ministry is based on the “two feet” of Charity and Justice.

Meals at Mary Mother
We seek to help those in crisis, but also to address the roots of injustice which foster difficulty and despair.

We are all God’s children, and as such, deserve to share in the gifts of God’s creation and to experience Christ’s love.

  • For a downloadable brochure about this ministry, please click here.
  • For more information, contact us

Meals at Mary Mother

Meals at Mary Mother is a program that started in January 2014 and is a response to a need for free community meals in our surrounding community. Mary Mother offers meals every Thursday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Center.

How can you help?

  • Become a volunteer. Make a one-time or long-term commitment. Click here to be linked to Sign Up.
  • Donate desserts through the online scheduling program (link is above).
  • Make a monetary donation by including “MMM” or “Meals” in the memo line of your check. Drop off donations at the Parish Office or in the Sunday offertory. To make a monetary donation to Meals at Mary Mother through our electronic giving program, please click here.
  • Become a sponsor: Other churches, nonprofits, businesses, employee groups, organizations or individuals can help sponsor the program. For more information, contact us
Meals at Mary Mother Cooks
  • For a downloadable brochure about this ministry, please click here.
Loaves & Fishes, Too

Mary, Mother of the Church encourages parishioners and staff to participate in Loaves and Fishes. You may prepare or serve food to the hungry at St. Stephen’s in Minneapolis, every third Monday of each month. The group serves 300-400 people every month.

You can sign-up at the Information Booth in the Atrium. Food prep begins at 2:45 p.m. and serving begins at 5:15 p.m., For more information about cooking or serving, call us at 952-890-0045.

  • Or, to make a monetary donation to Loaves & Fishes through our electronic giving program, please click here.
Loaves & Fishes, Too
Mary’s Food Shelf

We welcome food donations and collect them on the first weekend of every month. You may also support the monthly food collection financially by using your yellow charity envelope, or to make a monetary donation to Mary’s Food Shelf through our electronic giving program, please click here.

Donations of food can be dropped in the Atrium in the designated area. After collection weekend the food is then sorted by volunteers. The selected food items go to the Parish emergency food shelf, “Mary’s Food Shelf, ” named in honor of our blessed mother. The rest of the food is taken to the Eagan Resource Center and 360 Communities to help families with more extensive needs in this community.

Mary's Food Shelf
Open Arms

Each week volunteers from Mary Mother’s Open Arms ministry deliver a week’s worth of frozen meals to people living with cancer or chronic illness. The meals are prepared at the Open Arms kitchen and delivered to our church each Wednesday at 10:30 am.

Each volunteer driver takes meals to two or three people in Burnsville, Apple Valley, or Savage. We need more drivers and would welcome you to our team. For more information, contact us

Open Arms
Panera Bread Sorting

Volunteers pick-up and sort rolls and bread donations from Panera Bread every Monday evening and sort the donations for distribution Tuesday mornings.

Donations are put on carts near the Parish Office. Parishioners and community members are invited to take a package free of charge.

Panera Bread Sorting
Thanksgiving Baskets

In November of each year, our Parish comes together to provide Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. We partner with several area nonprofit organizations who distribute these baskets to needy families. Volunteers assemble baskets at home and our children and youth Faith Formation families come together one evening to assembly baskets from donated food items.

Last year Mary Mother parishioners donated 499 baskets. For this year to be successful we need your help. There will be a list for food donations and instructions for family sponsors at sign-up weekends. Register after all the Masses in the Atrium the weekend of:

  • October 22 & 23
  • October 29 & 30
  • November 5 & 6
  • November 12 & 13
  • In place of a basket, you may offer to make monetary or gift card donations, provide some items from donated items listed below, or help our children and youth assemble Thanksgiving baskets for families in need on Wednesday, November 16.

    Donations needed for Thanksgiving Baskets include:

    • Monetary donations for $25 Cub Foods gift cards (for turkey and other perishable items)
    • Cans of green beans
    • Cans of cranberry sauce
    • Boxes (no bags) one-step turkey stuffing mix
    • Jars of ready-made turkey gravy
    • Disposable storage containers
    • Disposable small turkey roasting pan
    • Cans of corn
    • Cans of mixed fruit
    • Cans of syrup-packed sweet potatoes
    • Boxes of instant mashed potatoes
    • Bottle (64 oz.) juice
    • Rolls of aluminum foil
    • Paper towels or napkins
    • For more information, contact us

      • To make a monetary donation to Thanksgiving Baskets through our electronic giving program, please click here.
      • To download the two-page flyer and instruction list to make a Thanksgiving Basket at home, click here.
      Thanksgiving Baskets