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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Called to Service

This home activity provides a resource for acts of service inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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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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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

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to think about the tables we gather around and the tables Jesus gathered around, and the implications of those gatherings. These resources can be used in conjunction with Thanksgiving or anytime you want to teach about justice and service.

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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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Justice Learning

Leader Article

There are so many options out there now for a mission trip or service trip that we might get discouraged trying to figure out what is best for our parish or school. Having tried several, I offer some suggestions on what would make this a powerful experience that will strengthen your catechetical efforts and build a foundation for young people in your setting.

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Early Church History • Generations of Faith

Home: Sent to Serve

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Justice • Generations of Faith

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Pentecost: Solidarity Through the Spirit • Generations of Faith

Incorporates the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity into the celebration of Pentecost Sunday and also can be used to prepare a parish for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation.

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Heroes of Justice Quiz • Generations of Faith

Many people have gone before us and have given a great deal, sometimes their very lives, for the sake of those who suffer from poverty and injustice. Use this quiz at home or at a parish gathering to learn about some of our heroes of justice.

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Understanding & Practicing Justice • Generations of Faith

This adult session helps the participants understand our call to justice.

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Understanding & Practicing Justice • Generations of Faith

This youth session helps the participants develop a foundational understanding of justice and human rights, and practical ways to live justly and work for justice in our world today. Can be adapted for intergenerational learning.

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Reflection Activities on Human Rights • Generations of Faith

Something within us proclaims that injustice and human rights violations destroy children's and youths' dignity and should not exist. Use these activities to take a critical look at the religious traditions and values that challenge injustice and offer an alternative vision of how live can and should be.

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Poverty & Hunger: Action Activities • Generations of Faith

If your family is looking to take action on poverty and hunger issues, use this resource to get started.

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Catholic Social Teaching Scripture Journey • 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

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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

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Building the Reign of God • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

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.

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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

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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

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Introduction to Justice: Solidarity • Generations of Faith

Use this parish activity to introduce the idea of Solidarity.

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All About Solidarity • Generations of Faith

This session on Catholic Social Teaching explores the concept of solidarity.

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Introduction to Justice: Call to Family, Community, & Participation • Generations of Faith

Reflect on how the call to family, community, & participation challenges us to strike a fine balance between our personal wants, our family responsibilities, and our obligations to the larger community.

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Introduction to Justice

A collection of resources to introduce the concept of justice.

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Saints of Service • Generations of Faith

As a family, can you match a list of Saints with the people they served?

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Who Needs You to Be Neighbor? • Generations of Faith

Read the story of the rich man & Lazarus, and for one week track all of the stories, personal experiences, news reports, and other ways you hear about people in need.

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Called to Serve

A collection of resources focused on our call to serve.

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Praying with Many Cultures • Generations of Faith

This session engages the facilitator in learning the importance of being in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the globe through prayer.

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Dignity of Work • Generations of Faith

This learning session is designed to give you an overview of the Catholic Church's position and its social teachings on work and workers' rights.

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Consumerism • Generations of Faith

This session will provide young adults with an experiential learning experience that addresses the influence of consumerism on individuals and our world and will give them an opportunity to reflect on their own participation in consumption.

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Money & Faith • Generations of Faith

Using the pastoral circle process, this workshop explores the relationship between how young adults spend money and the impact on those who are denied the life goods needed to live a life of dignity and hope.

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Dignity & AIDS • Generations of Faith

This pastoral circle process employs a forced choice continuum and a panel presentation to help young adults get in touch with their own feelings regarding persons with HIV or AIDS. It also gives them insight into Catholic teaching on AIDS and homosexuality, and offers ways they can use Catholic social principles to address concerns raised by these issues.

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Upholding the Dignity of Women • Generations of Faith

This pastoral circle exercise takes young adults through a discussion of the stereotypes men and women have about each other, analysis of the causes of sexism, reflection on the Church's teachings about the human dignity which all persons deserve by virtue of being created in God's own image and likeness, and selection of appropriate action in response to what they've learned.

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Hunger Activities • Generations of Faith

Use these parish ideas to dive into issues related to hunger. Includes an involvement activity, an exploration activity, a reflection activity, action activities, and a prayer service.

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Refugee Activities • Generations of Faith

Use these parish ideas to dive into issues related to refugees. Includes involvement activities, exploration activities, reflection activities, action activities, and a prayer service.

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Service Ideas for Fall • Generations of Faith

This resource includes many ideas for fall service projects. They can be adapted for other times of the year.

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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

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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

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