The mission of the Justice & Peace Ministry is:
Food Drive for the Homeless
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
Mother and Child Shower
Precious Life Shelter, Mary's Shelter, Casa Teresa
Bus Pass and Gift Card Drive
Back Pack, School Supplies and Clothing Drive
Colette's Children's Home
Catholic Social Teaching can be applied to many issues confronting us today. If you have an issue you are passionate about, call Joe Sullivan at the number above and we will bring Catholic Social Teaching to bear on it. Issues we have discussed so far include:
For additional info, check out the California Catholic Bishops’ website at:
The popes’ social teaching encyclicals are listed at:
You should also check out the material on the US Bishops’ website at:
For the full Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on the Vatican website, go to:
Catholic Social Teaching emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about Himself. We believe in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social. Therefore, we who are made in God’s image share this communal, social nature. As social beings, we long for relationship, to know and love each other as God intends. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice. The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Based on the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, modern Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents over the last 120 years. These teachings lay out what is necessary to live a dignified human life in today’s world, and our joint responsibility to each other to make that happen.
Through Catholic Social Teaching, the Church describes what a just society looks like, says Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est, but it is up to the lay faithful – working within their political system – to create that society. Documents at the US Catholic Bishops’ website describe seven principal themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
There are also other important principles to be applied such as Subsidiarity, but we will primarily focus on these seven themes. To learn more about each of the themes listed above, simply click on the different links above. For more information, or if you have questions, please call Joe Sullivan at 842-9707.