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"Just as the gospel tells us our lives will be judged by our response to the "least of these," so too our parishes should be measured by our help for the hungry, the homeless, the troubled, and the alienated-in our own community and beyond."
United States Catholic Bishops, Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of Parish
foundational tool describes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can
respond to the Gospel call to put love in action: social justice
(addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable
works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals). A brochure,
facilitator's guide, and handouts can help you educate others.
resource from Catholic Charities USA is a collection of strategies,
resources and practical steps developed by parish social ministry leaders from
across the country.
page from the Campus web site gives tips and best practices for effective
service projects, and also provides resources to integrate reflection on
Catholic social teaching and social justice issues into service experiences.
CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services' Lenten faith formation program. Participants pray together; give things up, or fast, in solidarity with those who hunger; learn about our global community and the challenges of hunger and poverty around the world; and give sacrificial donations to those in need.
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