“Christian love leads to denunciation, proposals and commitment to cultural and social projects; it prompts positive activity that inspires all who sincerely have the good of humanity at heart to make their contribution.” – No. 6 Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching
Founded in 2005, the Social Justice Commission is chaired by Sr. Mary Rita Grady. Its tasks are threefold:
- The Commission serves as an umbrella for the many outreach projects that the parish performs. Information that is gathered and analyzed facilitates communication and coordination among the many parish projects. Compiling a list of, and describing, each of these projects also serves to acknowledge the many ways in which parishioners exercise compassionate love, both within and beyond the geographic boundaries of St. Julia Parish.
- The commission serves as a clearing house for new service opportunities as they present themselves for consideration. The commission helps the parish prioritize among the many local, regional and global needs that cry out for justice and provide a forum to help assess the talent and resources that are realistically available at any given time.
- The commission strives to provide opportunities for all members of the parish to live up to our call to be ‘salt of the earth’. The Roman Catholic Church has well-developed teachings on social justice, and we hope to reflect on the Gospels, social encyclicals and pastoral letters that challenge us, and to share these opportunities for information and growth with the parish at large.