Social Concerns

Seeking to affirm and support parish commitment and creativity in social ministry while defending human life and dignity.

Victims of Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Need Help

 A 7.5 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami to strike a coastal city on Indonesia’s island of Sulawesi. Families face devastation with loss of lives, homes and livelihoods. It is likely that the number of lives lost (current estimate is 1400 dead) will rise as reports of family members missing come in.  Catholic Relief Services has mobilized a team to reach the families affected by the devastating tsunami. Along with local partners, CRS will provide emergency shelter and critical living supplies.

Your gift will help provide important lifesaving care for the families affected by this disaster.  Your sisters and brothers in Indonesia need you now.  Click here to donate.

 

The Immigration debate must be informed by Faith

For a Catholic perspective on the immigration debate, visit the website of Justice for Immigrants, a partner of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  There you will find current news, background information, Bishops’ statements and action alerts.  You will also find stories that put a human face on this issue.

Send a message to Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin on the Supreme Court Confirmation Process 

An alert from Human Life Action, a partner of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

We received a tremendous response to our alert asking the Pro-Life Community to contact Senators about filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

What’s more, on Friday, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop for Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a strong, clear letter to the U.S. Senate. You can read the letter here.

If you have not had an opportunity yet to contact your Senators, please do so now, send this message. Also, please share this alert with all your friends, family and people at your Church.

Even if you have never written to the Senate before, please take a couple minutes right now to send this message.

Finally, please keep our Bishops and our elected officials in your prayers during this very important time for our country and for Life.

 

ACTION ALERTS:

US Bishops Urge Legislative Support for Religious Freedom

  • The First Amendment Defense Act (S. 2525) would bar the federal government from discriminating against individuals and organizations based upon their religious beliefs or moral convictions that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
  • The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) protects the religious liberties of child welfare service providers regarding the placement of children, including adoption and foster care agencies.

Click here to make your voice heard in support of these bills.

 

“Share the Journey” campaign to encounter Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis has launched a two-year “Share the Journey” campaign aimed to encourage Catholics to learn about and encounter migrants and refugees, breaking down barriers of fear and building bridges.  Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the USCCB are part of a global network of organizations participating in the campaign.  Visit the Share the Journey website to learn more and to see how you can be involved.