Social Concerns

“For the Catholic faithful, the commitment to build peace and justice is not secondary but essential.”  Pope John Paul II, World Day of Peace Message 2000

One of the most encouraging signs of the gospel at work in our midst is the vitality and quality of social justice ministries in our parishes. Across the country, countless local communities of faith are serving those in need, working for justice, and sharing our social teaching as never before. Millions of parishioners are applying the gospel and church teaching in their own families, work, and communities. More and more, the social justice dimensions of our faith are moving from the fringes of parishes to become an integral part of local Catholic life. (USCCB Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish.)

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The seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching include:

        • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
        • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
        • Rights and Responsibilities
        • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
        • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
        • Solidarity
        • Care for God’s Creation

To learn more about each of these themes, please see this resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB.)

Within our parish, we have an Outreach ministry, a Respect-Life ministry, and we participate in the Rotating Homeless Shelter as part of the larger community. Please see the corresponding pages for each of these ministries to learn about volunteer opportunities and ministry needs.

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“Act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your God.”    Micah 6:8