Justice and Service

All Christians are called to lives of service, especially on behalf of the poor and vulnerable members of society. One can discern distinct themes in the body of Catholic social teaching which lead Christians to both action and advocacy for those in need. Catholics respond to the call to service in individual and communal ways.

Discipleship: Serving Others in Christ's Name

Disciples of Jesus embrace service as an integral part of their lifelong faith journey.

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Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities

Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities are the official efforts of the Church in the United States focused on meeting the needs of people in the Unites States and throughout the world. Learn about these great organizations and how Catholics in the pews can get involved in their good work.

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Discipleship: New Testament Role Models

The New Testament is filled with colorful characters who offer keen insights into the meaning of Christian discipleship. How can these followers be guides for us today?

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Economic Justice

The effort it takes to build a just and fair society requires heroic virtue. Saint Vincent de Paul and Dorothy Day were Catholics of heroic virtue and we celebrate their feast days this Fall. You may see yourself as much humbler than Vincent or Dorothy and be content to follow and let someone else lead. Even followers, however, have to be ready at times to pick up the flag of justice and carry it for those who are powerless to speak on their own behalf.

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Faithful Citizenship

We live in a country which stands for the separation of Church and state. Yet we know how much our Catholic values can potentially impact the way we engage in political life. The United States Catholic Bishops encourage us to practice faithful citizenship, to be good members of our democracy, and to be true to our discipleship at the same time.

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Living in Solidarity

We are one human family, and we are called to care for our brothers and sisters in every part of the world. How can Catholics overcome temptations of parochialism to work for the good of all?

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Poverty Awareness

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Respect for All Life

Catholics are called to respect human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. What does this mean? What are the issues involved? How do we extend this respect to all of the living creation?

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Sacred and Social: Call to Family, Community, and Participation

Learning sessions for the whole parish community on the Catholic social teaching theme of the Call to Family, Community, and Participation.

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Thanksgiving Tables

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Catholic Social Teachings - Following the Stepping Stones to the Kingdom

The basic principles of Catholic social teaching and their connection to the Word of God, are of vital importance in guiding us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.

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Weekly Justice Challenges

One justice challenge each week for parishioners to reflect and act upon.

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Early Church History • Generations of Faith

Home: Sent to Serve

Justice • Generations of Faith

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Care for God's Creation

As Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' reminds us, we are called to tend the earth—our common home—and care for all of God's creation.

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Building the Reign of God • Parent Learning Centers

Helping Our Family Live Our Faith

This session will help parents understand more fully what it means to live in the Reign/Kingdom of God. They will explore the teachings of Christ as they relate to our modern world and everyday life and how to allow our lives to more fully reflect the teachings of Christ. They will learn how to talk with their children about how we live in and build the Reign of God so they will grow into a lifetime of faith. • By Bill Huebsch

Following Catholic Social Teaching • Parent Learning Centers

Helping Our Family Live Our Faith

This session will help parents to learn about Catholic social teaching, including the exercise of virtue in society, the common good, the equal dignity of human persons, and the need to reduce excessive social and economic inequalities. They will learn how to talk with their children about our Catholic social teachings in ways that will help them grow into a lifetime of faith. • By Bill Huebsch

Building the Reign of God • Whole Community Catechesis

This session will help participants understand more fully what it means to live in the Reign/Kingdom of God. They will explore the teachings of Christ as they relate to our modern world and everyday life and how to allow our lives to more fully reflect the teachings of Christ.

Building the Reign of God (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

This session will help participants understand more fully what it means to live in the Reign/Kingdom of God. They will explore the teachings of Christ as they relate to our modern world and everyday life and how to allow our lives to more fully reflect the teachings of Christ.

Following Catholic Social Teaching • Whole Community Catechesis

This session will help participants to learn about Catholic social teaching, including the exercise of virtue in society, the common good, the equal dignity of human persons, and the need to reduce excessive social and economic inequalities

Following Catholic Social Teaching (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

This session will help participants to learn about Catholic social teaching, including the exercise of virtue in society, the common good, the equal dignity of human persons, and the need to reduce excessive social and economic inequalities

Faith Festival: Service Rocks! • Faith Festivals

This faith festival for families engages them in actual service projects as they learn Catholic teaching about being people who serve those in need. • By Jane Angha

St. Oscar Romero Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

Archbishop Oscar Romero was canonized on October 14, 2018 in San Salvador. This Faith Festival is an opportunity to invite households to celebrate his life and to examine how they too are called to serve and to advocate for the rights and dignity of others. • By Mariette Martineau