- Parish Social Ministry Starter and Sustaining Kits -- Request your copy from the Office of Life, Justice & Peace
WATCH! St. Francis, Pope Francis and the American Catholic Church, by Jack Jezreel. St. Francis and Pope Francis evangelized by being out in the world, but today's parishes tend to gather parishioners in but have forgotten to then send them back out into the world. The Catholic Church is a missionary church; its core nature is to be of this world and out in the world.
His speech is a perfect tool for parish social ministry leaders to share with their committees to become reenergized, inspired and provoke new ideas.
- Guidebook for Creating and Sustaining a Vibrant Parish Social Ministry For best results, print in "Landscape" and on both sides. Then fold in half, with pages 6 and 7 as the center pages, creating an 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" convenient booklet.
- we are salt and light -- an online resource hub from USCCB designed to help communities assess and strengthen this expression of social missionary discipleship.
- Becoming a Community of Salt and Light: Formation for Parish Social Ministry (Contact the Office to borrow a copy!)
Two Feet of Love in Action
Involve the Parish with the St. Ignatius Discernment and Engagement Process
Videos: Online or DVD
Why We're Here: Foundations of Parish Social Ministry
Matt Cato, Director of the Office of Life, Justice & Peace, Archdiocese of Portland
Empowered by the many gifts of the Holy Spirit, we ground ourselves in Catholic social teaching to inspire and form Catholic disciples – Parish Social Ministry – to build God's kingdom of justice and faithfully witness His love. Our Baptism calls every person to participate in some way.
Moving from Multitude to Community, From Anonymity to Communion
Pia de Leon, St. Clare Catholic Church, and Father John Kerns, Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake
We recognize that we all identify ourselves as parishioners. But how well do we really know our parish community? Being connected in our parishes is the building block for social action. Building community is foundational for all parish social ministry work. We are moved to Social Action – helping others – when we know each other and care.
This workshop provided the tools to assess and build a vibrant parish community that becomes our church home and our family
Bringing Parish Social Ministry Back Home
Sheila Gilbert, National President of St. Vincent de Paul
This closing keynote encouraged participants with practical insights and motivation for carrying out the duties and responsibilities necessary to grow their parish social ministries programs and organize their parish community.