Social Justice Ministry

Social Justice Group 2020 Logo OnlyWho we are:
Saint 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 via Zoom at 7pm the second Thursday of each month.

We would love to meet you! If you have any questions, contact Donna Dugan at (440) 937-9210 or ddcorita@aol.com.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, concern and prayers for those less fortunate than ourselves.

 

The Diocesan Social Action Office seeks to shape a more caring and peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, community development and organizing. CLICK HERE to be taken to their website for up-to-date news and actions that can be taken.

USCCB Committee Chairman Encourages Dioceses To Implement

"Walking With Moms in Need"

March 23, 2021

 

Warm Greetings, Friends,

May is the month in which we typically honor Our Heavenly Mother, Mary, and the myriad ways she has led us to Jesus, particularly her fiat... her total, complete, and selfless "yes" to all that God asked of her to bring forth love... His Son... into our world!

While there has been disheartening pro-life news (particularly on Capitol Hill) this past year, with many of "our nation's legislators exploiting this crisis to expand taxpayer funded abortions," there have been some major pro-life victories as well, according to Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas (Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities). “One year ago," Naumann continued, "in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life)—the U.S. bishops launched an exciting, nationwide initiative to serve pregnant and parenting mothers facing difficulties, entitled: "Walking with Mom's in Need"

When they launched the ground-breaking pastoral effort, no one could have foreseen the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on our Church and nation. “While the pandemic disrupted much of our initial momentum, it has also provided us with opportunities to adapt and expand this important initiative, and it reaffirmed the need for the Church to accompany mothers facing difficulties, especially in these trying times.

We look forward to the time in the very near future when the Cleveland Diocese will roll out its plans for the Walking with Moms in Need initiative, when our parishes can join together to help fill the gaps in services and resources to mothers facing challenging pregnancies as well as helping those parenting young children in difficult circumstances. Together, we can work toward a society where mothers and children are protected in law and welcomed in love!

To that effect, we joyfully celebrate ALL mothers/mother-like figures; those that are still with us and those that will eternally hold a special place in our hearts, this week in particular! For all of your long, sleepless nights. For the wisdom you share. For your open arms and warm hugs. For all the times you said "I believe in you!" or "You've got this!" For your strength and your resilience. And for all the JOY you bring to all of the lives you touch. This prayer goes out to YOU, Mom! Thank you for your incredible, unconditional love! ??

 

A Prayer for Mothers

Good and Gentle God, we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women of history who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.

Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly. Give them the faithful support of family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children. Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.

We ask this as we ask all things, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Care for God's Creation Great Events and Initiatives:

Parish Network Program, Catholic Climate Conference, Laudato Si’Week!

“Call to Action to Care for Our Common Home” Online Catholic Climate Conference

By Citizens’ Climate Lobby Catholic Action Team, supported by Catholic Climate Covenant

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 12:00-4:00 PM EST: Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Catholic Action Team invites you to their very first virtual CCL Catholic Conference: Call to Action to Care for Our Common Home. The conference will explore tools you need to reach Catholics effectively to care for creation and in support of major climate legislation. Speakers include Bishop John Stowe (Dioc. of Lexington); Bishop Robert McElroy (Dioc. of San Diego); and Jose Aguto, Catholic Climate Covenant staff as a keynote speaker. See if your Congress member is Catholic to invite them too, or to share your views post-conference. When you register, you will receive a Zoom link closer to the date. Register here! You can view the conference schedule here.

 

Diocesan Care for God's Creation Parish Network Zoom Program:

"Atlanta Archdiocese Laudato Si' Action Plan" Presentation, and a Laudato Si’ Week Prayer Service

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 7:00-8:30 PM

DSAO and the Dioc. Care for God’s Creation Parish Network will host Atlanta Archdiocese staff on Zoom to share the background and planning process for their Laudato Si' Action Plan. The gathering will end with time for related parish events and idea/resource sharing. To register and receive the Zoom info, email Jeff Campbell: jcampbell@ccdocle.org.

 

Laudato Si’ Week 2021 Coming May 16-24!

This global event is sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Global Catholic Climate Movement and 150 Catholic organizations, including Catholic Climate Covenant. The week features global online events and hundreds of local and regional events by partners worldwide. The week culminates the Special Laudato Si' Anniversary Year (proposed by Pope Francis from May 2020 to May 2021) to celebrate Church progress toward ecological conversion. The week also focuses on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and to prepare for the future with hope. For more info and to participate, click here. To share your parish/school event or celebration, email Jeff Campbell: jcampbell@ccdocle.org.

 

CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION BULLETIN BLURB YEARLY SERIES BOOKLET (c/o St. Basil Social Concerns Commission: This creative booklet, "Earth-Friendly Habits: Putting Your Catholic Faith into Action", offers weekly environmental bulletin blurbs based on Catholic Social Teaching in Laudato Si' for parish bulletins, school newsletters, parish/school social media, including timely blurbs for liturgical seasons. Share with your bulletin/newsletter editors. Download Care for God's Creation Bulletin Blurb Booklet here.

 

Catholic Ohioans: Take Action to Support Death Penalty Abolition

Catholic Mobilizing Network is encouraging Catholic Ohioans to ask their state legislators to support two bipartisan death penalty abolition bills in the state House and Senate. Contact your state senator and representative TODAY to urge them to support SB 103 and HB 183.

You can play a role in ending Ohio's death penalty. Customize and send this prepared letter to support this life-affirming legislation!

The death penalty violates the dignity of the human person and the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. The practice does not serve as a deterrent, it risks innocent lives, and costs tax payers millions of dollars more than alternative sentences.  

The Catholic voice will be critical in helping this piece of Ohio abolition legislation cross the finish line — will you help us get there?

 

Register: CCHD 50th Anniversary Celebration Celebration

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). That is 50 years supporting initiatives that empower families, immigrants, new mothers, the elderly and those in need!

Through this important work across the U.S., CCHD has also empowered individuals to become active participants in their communities by partnering with other local organizations. Our goal is to transform society into one which supports the flourishing of all our sisters and brothers.

The celebration will take place May 14 & 15, 2021.

Register here to stay informed about CCHD's upcoming virtual 50th Anniversary Celebration, to access resources and toolkits on addressing poverty in our communities, and to learning more about how our faith in Christ and his Gospel calls us to act!

 

ADVOCACY: From the Office for Human Life

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) has again been introduced in Congress to protect babies from infanticide.

But efforts to bring the bill to a vote in the House are being blocked. Your action is needed to urge your Representative to sign a discharge petition that would allow this vote to occur.

Some states have passed laws to expand abortion and to repeal laws providing specific protections for babies born alive after surviving an attempted abortion. The Born-Alive Act would provide these specific protections nationwide to help prevent newborns from being killed or left alone to die.

We must continue to push Congress to pass the Born-Alive Act, so babies born alive following an abortion attempt are treated the same as any newborn baby. PLEASE ACT TODAY!!!

Click here for more information.

 

Upcoming Events

"A BALM IN GILEAD: Deepening our Understanding and Conversation about Race with Eyes of Faith" Online Series, presented by Ignatian Solidarity Network

With: Danielle Harrison, Co-Director, Slavery, History, Memory & Reconciliation Project

WEDNESDAYS, MAY 5, 12, 19 at 7:00 PM

This interactive three-part virtual series will be an opportunity to deep-dive into the topic of Race, Racism and Faith through the lens of Ignatian spirituality. To register, click here.

 

 

Essential Workers

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Says that Vaccine Usage During the Pandemic is Morally Acceptable

“It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.”

Due to the situation of the ongoing pandemic, “all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive.” Read the full article.

Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines -Resources from the USCCB including answers to key ethical questions.

 

Here are some of the things that our Social Justice Ministry is currently working on during the times of COVID: 

1. Social Justice Ministry group is now reading and discussing each month  Pope Francis' Encyclical Fratelli Tutti.

2. Social Justice Ministry group is also involved in preventing Human Trafficking. We have divided up the Westside hotels between our members, about 7 hotels each. We go to the hotels each month and give the managers the latest poster of the girls missing from our area. They hang the poster in the break room for their staff to see. We also give them "Red Flag" cards for their staff--especially Housekeeping to be aware of and what to look for even during COVID time. The acronym for the organization that we belong to is called S.O.A.P.  (Save Our Adolescence from Prostitution).  We offer the hotels packages of bars of soap with the Sheriff's phone number on it. It is a great reminder to Housekeeping to keep their eyes open. We went to a workshop about a year ago to learn more and to be trained as to what to do when we go to the hotels.

 

Lorain County Action Alert to Protect the Poor and Vulnerable:

Call or Email Today!

 

Recently, the members of the Lorain County Commission voted to revoke millions of dollars in grants awarded by last year’s commissioners to local area non-profit organizations. You can read more about this decision here. This loss would be staggering not just to the organizations but, most importantly, to the poor and vulnerable they serve. Catholic Charities-Diocese of Cleveland and our parishes work with many of these organizations.

 

We are calling on parishes and faithful Catholics across the diocese, but especially those who work or live in Lorain County to call or email the three Lorain County Commissioners and urge them to reinstate these grants in service of our neighbors that are most in need. 

 

Please find a statement from Catholic Charities-Diocese of Cleveland here and a sample script for calling/emailing.