Communities of Salt and Light: Anchoring Discipleship in Prayer and Worship

"The most important setting for the Church's social teaching is not in a food pantry or in a legislative committee room, but in prayer and worship, especially gathered around the altar for the Eucharist. It is in the liturgy that we find the fundamental direction, motivation, and strength for social ministry."

- United States Catholic Bishops,  Communities of Salt & Light; Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish

catholic social ministry gatheringThrough our homilies and preaching, do we effectively call Christ's followers to conversion, discipleship, and love for neighbor?

Homilies and Preaching

These excerpts from "Preaching the Mystery of Faith: the Sunday Homily," the 2012 statement from the U.S. bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, describe how homilists can incorporate love of neighbor, justice, and compassion into homilies.

How do we help disciples reflect on attitudes, words, actions, and inactions that affect our relationships with God, self, and neighbor?

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

This examination can supplement a traditional examination to assess how well your choices and actions reflect love of neighbor.

During liturgical celebrations and communal prayer, how do we recognize Christ's presence in the community? How do our gatherings lead to sending forth?

Prayer, Liturgy and Social Mission

This excerpt from In the Footsteps of Jesus: Resource Manual on Catholic Social Teaching includes suggestions for highlighting the social mission of the Church within the Liturgy, as well as sample General Intercessions and a table of lectionary references that connect to the themes of Catholic social teaching.

In what ways are our social ministry efforts clearly rooted in Scripture and our faith tradition, and connected to liturgy and prayer?

Prayers for Justice

This page features prayers—for use by individuals, in families, or with large groups—on a variety of topics, from workers to peace to care of creation.