For Parish Social Justice Ministry
- Join your Parish Social Justice/Action Committee or any other Social Justice or Social Outreach group in your Parish.
- If there is no such group in your Parish, ask for help and take action in forming one.
- Identify social concerns in your parish, or wider community, such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, affordable housing, healthcare, unemployment, minimum wage. Bring it to the attention of your community, ask for help and take action.
For Diocesan Social Justice Ministry
- Become a Parish contact or representative to the Diocesan Social Justice Office.
- Professional and any other help to identify and address current Social Justice issues is welcome.
- Organizational and clerical help for workshops and events. Please make your availability known to the Social Justice Office.
Below is a selection of Outreach Opportunities supported and promoted by the Office of Social Justice.
Office of Social Justice
"Our relationship to God is best illustrated by our relationship to others, and to creation as a whole. Therefore, a right relationship to God demands an unselfish, caring and respectful relationship not only to others, but also to the environment and to the whole created world."
Visit the Office of Social Justice page.
Development and Peace
"Inspired by Gospel values, particularly 'the preferential option for the poor,' the goals of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE are to support initiatives by people in the Global South to take control of their lives and to educate Canadians about North-South issues."
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Western Regional
"To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy."
Website : www.ssvpwr.ca
Inn from the Cold
"To provide emergency shelter, support and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need, with the goal of building healthy, stable families and ending homelessness."
Neighbour Link Calgary - All Roads Lead Home
Diocesan Homeless and Affordable Housing Committee
"Its mission is to help families adjust to their new environments and communities through friendship as well as material and financial support provided by volunteers from their neighbourhood."
Prison Ministry Diocese of Calgary
"Provide practical leadership in the Diocesan Community's effort to respond to the needs of prisoners, released prisoners, their families and victims of crime."
Website : www.prisonministry-rcdiocese-calgary.com
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has released a new publication titled Caritas in Veritate: On Integral Human Development in Charity and Truth. A Guide for Discussion and Action. The guide is a very user-friendly resource for individual or parish group study of Pope Benedict XVI's latest social encyclical.
This guide, created by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice at the request of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, is designed to facilitate small group study and discussion of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate. The guide can be used by parishes, secondary schools, colleges and universities, union, NGOs, professional and business associations, as well as by any group or individual interested in learning about the Church's Social Teaching. The seven session format seeks to present in user-friendly language a biblical and practical appreciation of the Encyclical's central theme and questions.
The guide is available for purchase ($5.00 per copy) on the CCCB website at www.cccbpublications.ca/ or by telephone at 1-800-769-1147. For further information on the guide or on upcoming Caritas in Veritate Study Guide workshops in the diocese, please contact Jana Drapal at the Social Justice Office at 403-218-5519 or e-mail at email@example.com.
- To call the Diocesan Community to a deeper understanding of the Social Teachings of the Church as an integral part of Christian life and spirituality.
- To encourage the Diocesan Community to be in solidarity with the poor, the suffering and the voiceless; and to take action for the transformation of unjust political, economic and social structures both nationally and internationally.
- Ensure that Catholic Social Teaching plays an essential part in all the formation programmes of the Diocese.
- Help to infuse the Gospel message of Justice in all aspects of parish life and mission.
- Coordinate collaboration on Social Justice issues among Catholic and other groups and institutions at a diocesan, national and international level.
- Help individuals to participate in the work of existing groups in the Diocese, or pursue new Justice initiatives
Building a New Culture: Recent Church Teaching on the Environment The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission for Justice and Peace has completed a text summarizing recent Church teaching on the environment entitled "Building a New Culture: Recent Church Teaching on the Environment". It points to eight key themes in recent Church teaching and provides citations from Blessed John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
The Commission consulted Catholic experts who also contributed to the final version of the text. Its goal is to provide key principles on the environment that will guide Catholics as they discuss, respond to, and make judgments concerning current environmental challenges.
A pdf version is available here for your viewing, however, additional printed copies can be ordered from CCCB Publications by calling 1-800-769-1147 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://www.cccbpublications.ca. As well, attached are short extracts from the document, which can be printed in diocesan newsletters or parish bulletins, or referred to in homilies.
Please bring this document to the attention of parishioners, parish social justice groups, educators, and youth groups.