Serving the Lakeside Communities of Avon Lake and Bay Village

Social Justice Ministry

St. Joseph and Holy Spirit Parishes have formed a ministry group for Social Justice

What we do:  Educate individuals about the social justice issues surrounding our communities and participate with local groups to support and provide assistance and knowledge where we can.

If you are interested in joining the Social Justice Ministry, we meet in the St. Joseph Rectory at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. ***Due to COVID-19, we have ZOOM meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.

If you have questions, contact Donna at 440-937-9210 or [email protected]

The Social Justice Ministry is made up of parishioners representing the parishes of St. Joseph and Holy Spirit.  The purpose of this ministry is to provide experiences that enable our parishioners to learn about issues of injustice and engage their faith through an exploration of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  *According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of the wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society."  The USCCB further clarifies that "Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith."  It is Jesus Who calls us to this mission, not any political or ideological agenda.

Inspired by Scripture and Tradition, all members of the Catholic Church are called to be a people of faith and action, people who strive to be the light of Christ in the world as advocates for peace and justice.  As Catholics seeking a more peaceful and just world, we are called, in keeping with the seven themes:  to promote the life and dignity of the human person; act in solidarity with God's people around the world; to care for God's creation; to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first; to promote the dignity of work and the rights of workers; to encourage policies that support community, the family, and participation in society; and to defend human rights and encourage the acceptance of the responsibilities that correspond to those rights.

* http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-belive/catholic-social-teaching/index.cfm

 

For information about voting issues, go to ivotecatholic.com.

 

Season of Creation Corner

Putting Prayer into Action

The Social Justice Ministry took time during our COVID-19 quarantine to read and discuss Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. It is an inspirational letter that calls us to examine our hearts, transform our social values and take action for global solidarity.

Pope Francis has invited Catholics to pray and act for our common home during the “Season of Creation” which is being celebrated this year from September 1st to October 4th. This particular year, the need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Putting Prayer into Action

9/6 We prayed at Mass today:

That we all may work together, realizing our commitment to promoting respect for all life includes caring for all God’s creatures and the planet with which the Lord has entrusted us, we pray…

Choose something you might want to do to make a difference this week.

  • Donate to Catholic Charities Baby Bottle campaign in October or the Lorain County Right to Life.
  • When out for a walk, carry along a plastic bag, in order to pick up trash along the way.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
  • Email or write a letter to your legislators, calling on them to protect our environment through legislation.

Putting Prayer into Action

 9/13 We prayed at Mass today:

That parents, teachers and catechists may inspire the young people under their care to show their gratitude for life by respecting all human life, advocating for the poor and caring for the earth, we pray…

Choose something you might want to do to make a difference this week.

  • Help out with a donation of food items for the Saint Vincent DePaul Society or the St. Elizabeth Shelter.
  • Take time to read…USCCB “Open Wide our Hearts” and contemplate how you can work toward bringing about racial reconciliation.
  • Contact your legislators and encourage them to always include help for the most vulnerable, marginalized, and disadvantaged during this pandemic.

Putting Prayer into Action

 9/20 We prayed at Mass today:

That the Lord may help us to recognize His many gifts to us and to thereby develop and display an attitude of gratitude, we pray…

Choose something you might want to do to make a difference this week.

  • Be intentional about praying on your own, or as a family, grace before and after meals.
  • When walking through your yard or on any walk, take time to see the beauty of God’s creation and remember to thank our wonderful Creator.
  • Do something special for the loved ones in your life and thank them for all that they do for you.
  • Write a thank you note for someone that especially helped you during this pandemic.
  • Take a walk in the Emerald Necklace, at the lake, or a nearby park and talk to God about the beauty that you encounter.  Thank Him for the gifts of the birds, flowers, trees, and the life-giving water that you encounter.

Putting Prayer into Action

9/27 We prayed at Mass today:

That each of us may contribute to the rejuvenation of nature by reducing our consumption and living more simply, we pray…

Choose something you might want to do to make a difference this week.

Pledge to put your beliefs and values into practice by reducing carbon emissions at

www.livingthechange.net.

You can calculate your carbon footprint EPA free carbon footprint calculator

  • Make a concrete commitment to a lifestyle change in one of the three high-impact areas of transportation, diet, and energy.

Examples include:

  Diet: Promote sustainable consumption by

  1. Lessening red meat consumption
  2. Buying ecological and fair-trade foods from local producers
  3. Reducing food waste
  4. Avoiding disposable(single-use) articles
  5. Promoting reusable food packaging items
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle plastic or paper throughout the coming weeks.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature.
  • Minimize water waste by turning off the faucet when brushing teeth or washing hands for 20 seconds.