Community Life

Committee for Social Justice

 

The mission of the Committee for Social Justice is to educate and empower people in principles and practices derived from biblical injunctions to live justly and peaceably as these are embodied in Catholic Social Teaching, to encourage people to become actively involved with those in need, and to participate in programs that work for a more just and peaceful world. Committee members educate each other about Catholic Social Teaching, assist the pastoral staff in raising social awareness and concerns, and collaborate with other ministries and community partners in activities such as the Walk Against Hunger and the Local Giving Tree.

 

Upcoming Social Justice Events: 

  • REEL FAITH: “Roses in December” Film is 56 minutes in length Thursday, December 7; 6:30-8:30 pm Sponsored by the Committee for Social Justice. On December 2, 1980, lay missioner Jean Donovan, along with Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, and Ursuline Dorothy Kazel, were brutally murdered by members of El Salvador's security force. This "sensitive, marvelously constructed film" (Catholic New York) chronicles Jean's life, from her affluent childhood in Connecticut to her decision to volunteer with Maryknoll Sisters in El Salvador, to her tragic death. An awardwinning classic for the ages, Roses in December is both an eloquent memorial to the commitment of this courageous young woman and a powerful indictment of U.S. foreign policy in Central America. Co-Facilitators: MaryJoan Picone & Jack Wentland; Free-will Offering

Social Justice Advocacy Opportunities

Current Social Justice Issues: 

Refugee Crisis

The Pope says:

“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,... If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”  (Pope Francis, February, 2 2017)

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