The Christian Service Commission exists as a model and resource of Catholic Social Teaching to enable the entire parish community to put the social teaching of the Church into action. The Commission empowers the members of the parish to fulfill the Church’s mission of love, justice, freedom and peace under the mantle of evangelization by communally responding, in an organized way, to societal and individual needs. The Commission creates and/or promotes programs that strive to address human needs and achieve justice whether locally or in the broader communities of vicariate, region, Archdiocese, state, nation, and world. This group is for anyone who is interested in sharing the Christian Service concerns of the parish and supporting the many committees, which fall under Christian Service. Meetings are usually the third Saturday of the month from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Christian Service Commission Members:
Cheryl Bida, Cynthia Fererra, Adriana Fernandez, Bill Hill, Betty Maciejewski, Karen Schenk, & Grace Keane, OSF
Catholic Social Justice Teaching:
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. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In these brief reflections, we wish to highlight several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition.
The mission of the Justice and Peace Committee is to educate and empower people in principles and practices derived from biblical injunctions to live justly and peaceably as embodied in Catholic Social Teaching. JPC encourages parishioners to become actively involved with those in need and to participate in programs that work for a more just and peaceful world. Committee members educate parishioners about Catholic Social Teaching, assist the pastoral staff in raising social awareness and concerns, and collaborate with other ministries and community partners in activities and advocacy efforts.
Direct Service allows parishioners a chance to witness the lived experience of the poor, to see their own lived experienced in a new light, and to begin a process of relationship-building where all are invited to change their lives for the better. This collective transformation and renewal are what inspires us to continue living our faith and seeking justice.
In addition to direct service opportunities inside and outside the parish, there are opportunities for parishioners to help form the strategic direction of the work of the ministry in the following areas: Volunteer Engagement, Advocacy, and Education, Events and Hospitality, Tithe and Communications.
Education not only involves learning about social injustices happening in our world, but also discerning God's spirit and the Greater Good in prayer and reflection on what is happening in our hearts and habits.
Advocacy and Structural Justice includes engaging with elected officials about matters affecting the poor and other disenfranchised members of the community in order to effect positive structural change. Homelessness, Immigration, and Transportation are current issues.