Social Justice Commission

The Social Justice Commission of St. Charles is a community of Christians, responding to the Gospel, inspired by the Beatitudes, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, who seek to educate themselves and the parish community on the themes of Catholic social teaching.

Social Justice meets every first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Luke Room from September through May.

Some of the ministries under Social Justice include, A.C.T.I.O.N. and Sister Parish.


Ron Fasano


Terry Sell

A.C.T.I.O.N. / Mahoning County

Why Should You Invest?

A.C.T.I.O.N. is a faith-based organization made up of leaders from congregations and organizations in the Mahoning Valley working in concert to improve life in our region.

  • We believe the need to unite faith communities to bring about social and economic justice is the core of how we practice our own faith.
  • We believe that by embracing the tools of community organizing and acting collectively on our values in the public arena, we can improve the lives of the people in the Mahoning Valley and across the region.
  • We believe by developing skills and relationships, working to surface the concerns of our constituents, democratically determining issues, and acting together in the public arena; we can make our community more like the kind of place we want it to be and expect it to be, as people of faith living out our values and beliefs.

With your help, A.C.T.I.O.N continues to make a difference.


Rosetta Carter

Alzheimer's Support Group

Alzheimer's disease is a tremendous challenge for both patient and caregiver.  To help caregivers better understand the changes brought on by the disease, a monthly support group is offered.  Quality information combined with non-judgemental understanding helps the caregiver better cope with their own changed role, as well as the changes in their loved one.  The setting is one of confidentiality where participants can vent, ask questions or just listen.

The Group meets every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the St. John Room year round.


Dorothy Barto



Beatitude House

Beatitude House, sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, is committed to all disadvantaged women and children.  By creating homes, providing educational opportunities and fostering healthy families, we provide them with the opportunity to transform their lives.

Three programs are offered:

Transitional Housing is a stepping stone for homeless women looking to rewrite their futures.  Living in one of our fully-furnished apartments, they have the time to focus on and overcome life's obstacles.  The program empowers them to gain stability and achieve permanent housing.

Permanent Supportive Housing offers long-term housing assistance to homeless women affected by a disability.  Families in this program benefit from structure and a stable environment, and the children have the opportunity to set down roots and flourish in their own home.

Service for English Language Learners is designed for those whose first language is not English.  English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered, and this program assists participants with basic needs and in acclimating to their new culture.On any given day, over 150 women and children are being served by Beatitude House.



Dorothy Day House

The Dorothy Day House feeds homeless men, women and children Monday through Thursday.  They offer a warm meal, hospitality and acceptance to all.  Sr. Ann McManamon is the director and is looking for a few good cooks to help with meals.  She will provide volunteers with a foil pan and two potential recipes.  She asks that people make a casserole using one of the recipes, or one of their own favorites that can be frozen, and either bring it to the Dorothy Day House or to St. Charles where it will be frozen until someone from the Dorothy Day House picks it up.  There is no long term commitment - volunteers can do this once a month, once a year, or whenever the spirit moves them. 


Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley sponsors a non-denominational memorial service at St Charles once per year.  The service is followed by refreshments.  Registration immediately precedes the service at the church.


Karen Lewis

Knights of Columbus, Msgr. John Lettau Assembly # 2596

The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree Knights is to foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic citizenship. Fourth Degree members, in addition to being members of their individual councils, are also members of Fourth Degree Assemblies, which is comprised of members of six local councils.

They meet every fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Room year round.


Tony Velasco

Men and Women United for Life

Men and Women United for Life is an inter-parish ministry responding to the late Pop John Paul II's pressing appeal to "respect, protect, love and srve life, every human life .... for the building of an authentic civilization of truth and love." (Evangelium Vitae).  Through prayer, education, and outreach, the group works to build a culture of life by offering formation experience, as well as promoting character development, healthy choices, and chastity among our young people.  Membership is open to parishioners ages 14 and older.


Judy Welsh


Paul J. Kim "Love vs. Lust" Presentation

Sunday October 2, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Hall

Paul J. Kim "Parenting from the Inside Out" Presentation

Sunday October 2, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Hall

Prison Ministry

St. Charles Parish does not have its own prison ministry. However, for persons interested in this special service, the Diocese of Youngstown offers a program that includes training, retreats and arrangements for visiting the imprisoned.  If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, call:

Contact Diocese of Youngstown

Catholic Charities Diocese of Youngstown

Catholic Charities is the administrative arm of the Bishop fro carryng out the social concerns activities of the Diocese of Youngstown.  Catholic Charities shares the mission held by Catholic Charities USA:  to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justic in social structures, and to call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.  Catholic Charities is devoted to helping meet basic human needs, strengthening families, building communities, and empowering low-income people. For more information:


Catholic Charities
144 West Wood Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Phone:  330-744-8451