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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:
  •  April 1, 2015 at 7:00pm – Committee for Social Justice.  Regular monthly meeting.  All are welcome.
  • April 22, 2015 - Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. See the information below on the movie “Chasing Ice.” 
  • 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. 
  • April 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Franciscan Center – Urban / Suburban Dialogue. This will be a presentation and discussion on the opportunities and difficulties of living in the city vs. the suburbs. A flier on the session will be available shortly. Reserve the date on your calendar now. 
  • May 3, 2015  - Walk Against Hunger.  Reserve the date on your calendar now. The walk is sponsored by FOODSHARE and a portion of the money raised by our team directly benefits The House of Bread. There will be sign-ups and information available April 12 after the morning Masses on Community Sunday in the Franciscan Center.

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

 “I think also of the living conditions of many migrants who, in their dramatic odyssey, experience hunger, are deprived of freedom, robbed of their possessions, or undergo physical and sexual abuse. In a particular way, I think of those among them who, upon arriving at their destination after a grueling journey marked by fear and insecurity, are detained in at times inhumane conditions More....