WHAT ARE THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL MINISTRY?
“If you want Peace, work for Justice.”
Pope Paul VI
A quick introduction to Catholic Social Teaching (CST) can be viewed in this video:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us:
“The Church’s love for the poor … is a part of her constant tradition.”
“This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor.” 
“Because of our love and worship of God, we care for all of his children.
Thus, we all find a call to social ministry, rooted in scripture.”
I John 4:10-11; James 2:14-18; Mark 12:28-34; Matthew 22:34-40, 25:34-40; Luke 10:25-37
The mission of our Cluster social ministry is to provide all members of the Cluster with opportunities to understand and act on Catholic social teaching; and to help us understand that our love and worship of God is expressed in our care for others, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
HOW DO WE CARRY OUT SOCIAL MINISTRY?
EDUCATE MINISTER ADVOCATE
- Education on Catholic social teaching
We read about Catholic social teaching, figuring out what it means to say that love and worship of God is shown through our care for others
- Direct service
We care for others by providing service, meeting their immediate needs for food, clothing, housing, emotional support, spiritual growth, and other necessities
- Advocacy for social justice through change
We work toward the goal of changing those structures of society that leave some people marginalized — the vulnerable, powerless, voiceless — in our parishes, our community, and our world
“Happiness is not found in dominating one’s fellows, or in wanting to have more than his weaker brethren, or in possessing riches and riding roughshod over his inferiors. … But if a man will shoulder his neighbor’s burden; if he be ready to supply another’s need from his own abundance; if, by sharing the blessings he has received from God with those who are in want, he himself becomes a god to those who receive his bounty – such a man is indeed an imitator of God.”
William Walsh & John Langan, “Patristic Social Consciousness–The Church and the Poor,” in The Faith That Does Justice, ed. John Haughey (New York: Paulist Press, 1977), 116-117.
For more information about social ministry, or about the Social Ministry Committee, call the Cluster office and leave a message for the committee chairperson, Mary Lisa Sisson. Call: 473-9656