Mission of the Social Justice Ministry:
to encourage our
parish community to take action to address the roots of social and
political injustice by increasing parish awareness of the faith and
scriptural foundations of Catholic Social Teaching.
If you have any questions or comments, please email
Social Justice Committee meets in the Parish Center at 8:45AM on the
second Thursday of each month. We discuss issues of interest, and
organize events for the Parish.
The Social Justice Calendar below provides examples
of issues in which the committee becomes involved. For more information
on Social Justice issues and on how you can get involved, please see our
Take Action page. Join us!
Social Justice Calendar
Summer Education Series
Plan to join us on three Monday evenings in July
popular, thought-provoking summer adult education
series. All presentations begin at 7 p.m. in the Church.
On Monday, July 16, Father Iasiello, President of
Washington Theological Union and retired Navy Admiral
will speak on War and Christianity.
On July 23, Professor Morris, Ph.D. of the Boston
College Theology Department will speak on Islam and
On July 30, Dr. Lou Savary, Teilhardian theologian,
speak on Evolution and Christianity.
by Father Andrew Massawe of Holy Cross Parish in Nairobi, Kenya (June
Father Andrew visited St. Joan of Arc in June to
celebrate Masses and tell us about the work of his parish. There were
receptions after all Masses on Sunday the 24th for coffee, refreshments,
bulletin insert here, and see the photos below.
Father Andrew delivers the homily at the 9:30 Mass
Lunch at Capt'n Elmer's
Father Andrew greets a young parishioner
Jim Schermerhorn's presentation on the Holy Cross Parish's Boma
Rescue program (Parish Lenten program, below). Jim has been working with
Holy Cross Parish through the
Catholic Medical Mission
Immigration/Migration - "Who would Jesus deport?" (April 25,
Video on Justice for Immigrants from the US
Conference of Catholic Bishops
The issue in S.E. Massachusetts - activities of Catholic organizations
Update on the Haitian family from Dennis
For more information on immigration, please see the
for Immigrants Web Site
Parish Lenten Program Coffee and Conversation / Soup and Conversation
(February 23, 2007) Hosted by Social Justice
Social Outreach—What is the Power of A Grain?
Included a presentation by parishioner Jim
Schermerhorn on a program to rescue children run by Holy Cross Parish in
Nairobi, Kenya (see Father Andrew's visit, above).
View the presentation (requires Adobe pdf Reader).
Catholic Relief Services Lenten Program:
Martin Luther King Day Interfaith Program
(January 14, 2007)
Fair Trade Bazaar (November 18-19, 2006)
Each year, parishes all over the country work with
Catholic Relief Services to support "The Work of Human Hands" to host
bazaars where parishioners can purchase a gifts to provide income,
dignity and hope to artisans and farmers in developing regions of the
Please use these links to learn more:
Photos of The Event
Fair Trade from Catholic Relief Services
Monthly Review timely information and analysis on the interface
between trade and sustainable development for the growing number of
actors involved in the global trade debate
Sojourners May 2007 Issue on Fair Trade