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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:
  •  February 18, 2015 at 7:00PM in the Franciscan Center – “A discussion on Human Trafficking”.  The Men's Fellowship Committee will be hosting a speaker from the “Not For Sale” anti-trafficking group, who will be discussing the prevalence of human trafficking.  This is a much greater problem than most people would believe possible in a modern world.
  • 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 4, 2015 at 7:00pm – Committee for Social Justice.  Regular monthly meeting.   All are welcome.
  • March 5, 2015 – Better Know a Ministry Dinner.   The Committee for Social Justice and the Open Hearts Ministry will host a simple soup and salad dinner with the Sister Parish Ministry.  The purpose of the dinner is to encourage interaction and coordination between the different ministries at St. Patrick/St. Anthony.
  • 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. 

Current Social Justice Issues:  
On Tuesday, February 3, Pope Francis decreed that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr.  Such a designation clears the way for Romero’s beatification, the final step before being declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Inspiring words from the Saints

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