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 & 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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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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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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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. • By Jane Angha

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Early Church History • Generations of Faith

Sent to Serve

A prayer for a family member preparing to serve others.

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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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Everyday Christianity: Justice • Generations of Faith

YA & Adult Small Group Session

Catholicism does not call us to abandon the world, but to help shape it. This does not mean leaving worldly tasks and responsibilities, but transforming them. Social justice and the common good are built up or torn down day by day in the countless decisions and choices we make. This session will guide participants in reflecting on our vocation to pursue justice.

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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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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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Reflecting on Justice & Service • Generations of Faith

Use this resource to guide a whole-group sharing experience on 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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Called to Serve

A collection of resources focused on our call to serve.

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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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7 Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

A collection of resources on the 7 themes of Catholic Social Teaching: Life & Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community, & Participation; Rights & Responsibilities; Option for the Poor & Vulnerable; the Dignity of Work & the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; Care for God's Creation.

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Mission Sunday

A collection of resources about Mission Sunday.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. • Generations of Faith

Use this activity to reflect as a family on justice, equality, and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Standing for Life in All Ways • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help families grow in their understanding and appreciation of the Catholic vision for respecting life – all life and all issues that touch life and the human experience. • By Jane Angha

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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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