Mission Statement

The mission of the Justice & Peace Ministry is:

  • Energizing people to actively pursue the protection of all life, justice and peace
  • Identifying and responding to areas of justice and peace in our community
  • Promoting programs that encourage prayer, education, pastoral care and advocacy in light of Catholic Social Teaching

Calendar of Events

JAN
Food Drive for the Homeless served by HOPE Office
FEB   MAR  APR
Environmental Clean-up
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
MAY
Mother and Child Shower
Precious Life Shelter, Mary's Shelter, Casa Teresa
JUN
Bus Pass and Gift Card Drive
Build Futures 
JUL
Back Pack, School Supplies and Clothing Drive
Colette's Children's Home 
AUG
SEP 
Invite Volunteers for Home Visitations
OCT
Walk for Life
Pennies from Heaven
NOV  DEC 

Justice Issues

Catholic Social Teaching can be applied to many issues confronting us today. If you have an issue you are passionate about, call Deacon Joe Sullivan at 714-842-9707 and we will bring Catholic Social Teaching to bear on it. Issues we have discussed so far include:

 

Catholic Social Teaching

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, said 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:

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity (with people all around the world)
  7. Care for God’s Creation

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 Deacon Joe Sullivan at 714-842-9707.

For additional info, check out the California Catholic Bishops’ website at:
http://www.cacatholic.org/catholic-social-teaching

You should also check out the material on the US Bishops’ website at:
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/

For the full Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on the Vatican website, go to:
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html

 Please contact Deacon Joe Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or comments.