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:

  • December 7, 2016 at 7:00pm – Committee for Social Justice.  Regular monthly meeting.   All are welcome.
  • November 26 through December 11 – St Patrick / St. Anthony Giving Trees.  Every year, St. Patrick - St. Anthony parishioners have  generously supported our Giving Trees with their prayers, time, talent and treasures.  See more....  

Current Social Justice Issues: 

Refugee Crisis

The Old Testament says:

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)

The New Testament says:

Let brotherly love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  (Hebrews 13:1-2)

The Pope says:

Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who flee death from war and hunger, and who have begun a journey moved by hope for survival, the Gospel calls us to be “neighbors” of the smallest and the abandoned, and to give them concrete hope. It’s not enough to say, “Take heart. Be patient”....   (Pope Francis, September 6, 2015)

Jesus says:

...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me  (Matthew 25:35)

What do you say?