Peace and Justice

Welcome to Blessed Sacrament’s Peace and Justice Committee’s webpage.

May Christ’s Peace be with you.

The Peace and Justice Committee is a parish’s link both with the larger communities (local, national, and global) in which the parish is involved, and with the universal Church and its Catholic Social Teachings. Our work is pretty much “where the tire hits the pavement”. We apply Catholic Social Teachings in very concrete programs of service and education. Just take a look at what we have going on, and if you would like more information on any of these activities, please contact Bernadette at BlSacPandJ@aol.com

OUR YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITIES

A FOOD PANTRY servicing parishioners, agencies, on behalf of their clients, and individuals. The food is collected on the last full weekend of each month, which we call Food to Share Weekend. Parishioners are invited to bring non-perishable food items, laundry or cleaning supplies, or personal hygiene items to Mass that weekend, and to leave them at any of at the Church entrances. Items that are needed are usually listed in the bulletin on the next to the last weekend of the month.

In 2013, thanks to your generosity, our pantry served over 160 individuals (69 un-duplicated families). Some of these families, especially parish families received continued help. God bless all who are so faithful to this ministry.

We also provide A YEARLY PEACE EFFORT for our parishioners. Previously we have made the Family Pledge of Nonviolence our common commitment.  Information on it can be requested via our e-mail address.

PARISH COFFEES (approximately bi-monthly) at which fair trade coffee is served and may be purchased, along with fair trade teas and chocolates.

An annual holiday CRS FAIR TRADE CRAFTS SALE.  Crafts are purchase through CRS’ fair trade program.  They are the work of artisans from around the world.

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Our parish really got involved with CRS Rice Bowl this Lent. Now that Lent is over, there are still many ways we can be involved with

Catholic Relief Services’ work of helping to serve our sisters and brothers around the world in their need for emergency assistance, development, peace and freedom.  Catholics Confront Global Poverty is a Catholic Relief Services program that offers ways you can address some of the root causes as well as the immediate problems of poverty and violence through prayer and action. Please check out their website, www.confrontglobalpoverty.org and consider joining other Catholics as we work for our sisters and brothers in need.

 

On behalf of all our sisters and brothers around the world who will benefit from your sacrifices, thank you.