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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:
  • January 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Franciscan Center – REEL Faith Movie: “Where God Left His Shoes”. A poignant look at a family that suffers the downward spiral of homelessness.
  • February 26,  2015 at 6:30 pm in the Franciscan Center – REEL Faith Movie: “A Place at the Table”. 50 Million Americans, 1 in 4 children, don’t know where their next meal is coming from. “A Place at the Table” tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat.
  •  March 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Franciscan Center – REEL Faith Movie: “Romero”. “Romero” is a look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his country.
  •  April 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Franciscan Center – REEL Faith Movie: “Chasing Ice”. This is the story of one man’s mission to gather undeniable evidence of our changing planet.  With a band of young adventurers, he deploys time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
  • February 4, 2015 at 7:00pm – Committee for Social Justice. Regular monthly meeting.  All are welcome. 

Current Social Justice Issues:

  • Thinking about Homelessness:

    “I want you to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people.”  (Isaiah 58:7)

    We all have a warm secure place to spend the night tonight.  Just image having to look for a place to block the wind and keep the rain off of you.  According to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, Connecticut ranked #25 in the nation in a state-by-state comparison of the homeless population in emergency and transitional shelters.
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Inspiring words from the Saints

“Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is on the street, today somebody is hungry. We have only today to make Jesus known, loved, served, fed, clothed, sheltered.  Do not wait for tomorrow.  Tomorrow we will not have them if we do not feed them today.” 

Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)  “The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living”.