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"Many parishes are joining with other
churches and groups to rebuild a sense of community in their own neighborhoods
and towns. . . . Parish participation in such community efforts develops
leaders, provides concrete handles to deal with key issues, and builds the
capacity of the parish to act on our values."
- United States Catholic Bishops, Communities of Salt & Light; Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish
This reflection series prepared by the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development can help Catholics reflect on and respond to poverty, unemployment and inequality in the U.S. in the light of their faith.
Using the contest, schools and parishes can
engage youth in grades 7-12 to learn about poverty
in the U.S., its causes, Catholic social teaching, and the work of Catholic
groups to address poverty. Youth then work to educate others through creative
work of any medium.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development carries out the mission of Jesus Christ to bring good news to the poor, release to captives, sight to the blind,and freedom to the oppressed(Luke 4:18). See how Catholics around the country are getting involved.
Consider collaborating with people of other faiths to work together to make a positive difference in your community. This is a directory of diocesan ecumenical/interfaith contacts.
"A key test of a parish's "Catholicity" is its willingness to go beyond its boundaries to serve those in need and work for global justice and peace."
- United States Catholic Bishops, Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of Parish
This website is a joint initiative of the U.S. bishops and Catholic Relief Services. It contains information about addressing global poverty in the light of our faith and features resources for parishes, schools, and other audiences to mobilize Catholics to fight poverty.
This statement of the U.S. bishops reflects on our membership in a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world.
This website from Catholic Relief Services is a gateway to activities, lesson plans, simulations, prayer services, and other resources that explore global issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching.
Catholics taking action in our families, parishes, schools and communities to
reduce our carbon footprint, care for "the least of these"
(Mt. 25,) and raise our voice on behalf of Creation and the poor.
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