Social Justice

Catholic Social Teaching

Leaving No Parishioner Separated From Us

As a parish community, united in faith, hope, and love in our Lord Jesus Christ, and sustained by the Holy Eucharist, we are called to care for each other, attending particularly to those who may be separated from us physically, ensuring that no one is separated from us spiritually.

Please help us do this by letting us know if you or a loved one is currently home-bound or residing in a health care facility. Even if there is already pastoral care available and being received, we are updating our records as to who our parishioners are and where they reside so that we can be assured of their continued connectedness to our parish commmunity here at St. Jude the Apostle Parish.

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At St. Jude the Apostle Parish, our understanding of Social Justice is rooted in our centuries-old tradition of Catholic Social Doctrine, expressed in more modern times as Catholic Social Teaching. Catholic Social Teaching officially includes a body of literature spanning about 125 years: papal encyclicals, apostolic letters, conciliar and episcopal documents, and pastoral writings from Pope Leo XIII in the late 19th century to St. John Paul II at the turn of the 21st century, and now Pope Francis with his latest encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home.  These writings are based on the social mission of the church, which answers the express call of the prophets in the Old Testament and of Jesus in the New Testament to treat all people with mercy and justice, but primarily society's poor, oppressed, and marginalized.

Seven key themes have been gleaned from Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity: War and Peace
  • Care for God's Creation

Social Justice vis-a-vis Charity (Direct Service)

A Prayer for Social Justice (Pope Pius XII)

Almighty and eternal God,

may your grace enkindle in all persons

a love of the many unfortunate people

whom poverty and misery reduce to a

condition of life unworthy of human beings.

Arouse in the hearts of those who call you God

a hunger and thirst for social justice and for fraternal charity

in deeds and in truth.

Grant, O Lord, peace in our days, peace in our souls,

peace to our community and peace among nations.

Amen.