Parish Social Mission & Ministry

Christian Service Coordinator
Grace Keane, OSF
Phone: (248) 243-0258

Parish Social Mission and Ministries

From Communities of Salt & Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish a statement of the U. S. Catholic bishops    USCCB Website

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Please find time  to reflect on the following 12 Statements related to Parish Social Mission and Ministry, also known as Christian Service.

1. Social justice is an integral part of evangelization, a constitutive dimension of preaching the Gospel and an essential part of the church’s social mission.

2. The pursuit of justice and peace is an essential part of what makes a parish Catholic.

3. There has been a tremendous growth of education, outreach, advocacy and organizing in parishes. But in some parishes, the social justice dimensions of parish life are still neglected, underdeveloped or touch only a few parishioners.

4. We need to build local communities of faith where our social teaching is central, not fringe; where social ministry is integral, not optional; where it is the work of every believer, not just the mission of a few committed people and committees.

5. When social mission and ministry is an integral part of the entire parish, it is woven into every aspect of parish life: worship, formation and action.

6. Worship that does not reflect the Lord’s call to conversion, service and justice can become pious ritual and empty of the Gospel.

7. Preaching that ignores the social dimensions of our faith does not truly reflect the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

8. Our social doctrine must also be an essential part of the curriculum and life of our schools, religious education programs, sacramental preparation and Christian initiation activities.

9. Our parishes need to encourage, support and sustain lay people in living their faith in the family, neighborhood, marketplace and public arena. The most challenging work for justice is not done in church committees, but in the secular world of work, family life and citizenship.

10. Parishes are called to reach out to the hurting, the poor and vulnerable in our midst in concrete acts of charity.

11. Catholic social teaching calls us to change the structures which deny people their dignity and rights as children of God. Service and action, charity and justice are complementary components of parish social ministry. Neither alone is sufficient; both are essential signs of the Gospel at work.

12. Parishes need to promote a revived sense of political responsibility calling Catholics to be informed and active citizens, participating in the debate over the values and vision that guide our communities and nation.