Frequently Asked Questions about Parish Social Ministry

What is parish social ministry?

“Parish social ministry is the empowerment of the parish as the people of God to fulfill the Church’s mission of love, justice, freedom, and peace by communally responding in an organized way to societal and individual human needs.” -Parish Social Ministry: A Vision and Resource; a Catholic Charities Perspective Catholic Charities USA

Rooted in the U.S. Bishop’s Statement Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Ministry of the Parish Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry works to help parishes realize the vision of an integrated model of social ministry.

“Parish Social Ministry is simply the effort to organize the Church’s ever-broadening love for the world.” -Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith Ministries

What do you offer to parishes?

Looking for opportunities for retreat days? Educational sessions on social justice? Information on social concerns issues? Advocacy?

We are happy to discuss with you your parish’s needs and possibilities. We can consult with the pastor and staff, appropriate committee members, and/or the pastoral council. These conversations may result in a program(s) offered in the parish that meets the particular needs of your social ministry.

We encourage parishes to develop their social ministry to include both charity and justice rooted and grounded in the spiritual growth and development of their members.

What is Catholic Social Teaching?

The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. To learn more or to view the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching, visit our Catholic Social Teaching page.

What is the Social Ministry Convocation?

Designed around a social justice theme, the Annual Archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation provides an opportunity to learn about the Church’s commitment to social justice, reflect on issues of concern locally and globally, and network and fellowship with others doing this vital work in the Archdiocese.

How can parishes participate in the work of Catholic Charities?

There are many opportunities for parish involvement with Catholic Charities. Our programs that serve those in need in our Archdiocese rely on volunteers to help fulfill out mission. To learn more about volunteering with Catholic Charities, click here.