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.

Peace be with you ...and with those with whom you might passionately disagree.

With the increasing polarization and incivility in our country, we can all benefit from a sincere examination of conscience. How can we move toward humility, reconciliation and peacemaking by asking ourselves: "In what ways might I contribute to polarization? What instead can I do to build mutual dignity, dialogue, understanding and depolarization? What do the Gospel and love of Christ ask of me to walk this more challenging path of Christ's peace?" In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy of racial justice and nonviolent Christian peacemaking, may Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez's January 15 remarks inspire and challenge us:

Statement for Observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

(January 15, 2021)

 


Pope Francis' Prayer for Peace

(June 4, 2014)

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!

Amen.

 

Laudato Si' Resources

 

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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.