Social Concerns

Catholic Relief Services speaker – Thomas Awaipo will be speaking at all the Masses the weekend of March 25th/26th, and he will also speak at the Adult Forum in the Parish Hall at 9.45am on Sunday morning.

Thomas works with Catholic Relief Services as integral part in bringing global solidarity. He lives in Ghana with his wife and four children. His story of initiative and his joyful presence has brought inspiration to thousands of people in the U.S.

Thomas Awiapo tells a truly inspiring story of survival and success. Growing up in a small African village in Ghana, Thomas was orphaned before the age of ten and left on his own to struggle for survival. He was the second of four brothers; his youngest two brothers died of malnutrition and lack of care.

His search for food led him to an elementary school, where he was fed a small meal every day. He survived, studied, and eventually won scholarships to attend college. He later earned a master’s degree from California State University.

Please see the attached link to hear some of Thomas’s own personal story onHunger in Ghana at :



Questions or if you would like to join Social Concerns, please contact:
Mary Dickins, 425-454-9536,


The Social Concerns Commission is rooted in our baptismal call and invites all parishioners to discover and share the gifts God has given them with the least among us.

The mission of the Social Concerns Commission is to educate the members of Sacred Heart Parish Community to act justly by sharing their time, talent and treasures, by providing opportunities for service, and coordinating the social works engaged in by the Sacred Heart Community.

The Social Concerns Commission lives out this vision by coordinating the following activities:

  • In August, working with Congregations for Kids by gathering School supplies for children in Bellevue, whose families have a limited or minimal income
  • In Fall, working with Congregations for Kids by collecting coats, hats, and mittens for children living in Bellevue whose families have a limited or minimal income.
  • In November, working with Congregations for the Homeless by providing the evening meal for the men who are homeless and in August providing lunches for the men who are homeless.
  • By participating in Catholic Advocacy Day, which is sponsored and organized by the Washington State Catholic Conference and Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center.
  • By joining the nation-wide program Rebuilding Together on the last Saturday in April, to help re-hab a house for a neighborhood family.

Social Concerns Internet Links