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2013 Annual Gathering Parish Social Ministry Institute Tool Kit

2013 Annual Gathering Parish Social Ministry Institute Tool Kit

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Tool kit presented at the Parish Social Ministry Pre-Conference Institute at the Catholic Charities USA 2013 Annual Gathering in San Francisco, Calif.
Tool kit presented at the Parish Social Ministry Pre-Conference Institute at the Catholic Charities USA 2013 Annual Gathering in San Francisco, Calif.

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Parish Social Ministry Professional Interest Section, Catholic Charities USAIntroduction....................................................................................................Page 3Rachel Lustig. Sr. Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Catholic Charities USAChapter 1: How to Plan Your Parish Social Ministries…….………………Page 5Sr. Mary Lou Stubbs, DC. Parish Partnership Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Ogdensburg, NYChapter 2: The Foundations of Parish Social Ministry……………………..Page 7Lourdes Taglialatela. Director, Parish Social Ministry, St. Peter of Alcantara Church; PortWashington, NYChapter 3: Catholic Social Teaching……………………………………….Page 16Sr. Mary Lou Stubbs, DC. Parish Partnership Coordinator, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Ogdensburg, NYChapter 4: Parish Social Ministry, Public Policy Advocacy, and Social JusticeEducation……………………………………………………………………Page 20Harry Ford. St. Peter the Apostle Church; Libertytown, MDChapter 5: Communications and Relationship Building…………………...Page 26Shannon Kelly. Director of Community Partnerships, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, NYChapter 6: Skill Development………………………………………………Page 32Therese Gustaitis. Director of Parish Social Ministry; Catholic Charities of WestTennessee, MemphisChapter 7: Prayers, Pennies, and Practical Advice…………………………Page 42Jacqueline Ogg. Director, Outreach and Community Relations Division:Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem. Manager of Mission and Ministry, Catholic Charities USAAppendices:About the authors………………………………………………………...….Page 50Glossary of terms………..…………………………………………………..Page 51Suggested reading list and websites…………………………………………Page 52
 
 
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Introduction
 Sacred scripture consistently calls us to care for poor people and work for justice. The callis reinforced in our liturgy and the sacraments. So consistent is the call to compassionatediscipleship that it resounds in the heart of Catholics. It is a part of who we are. It is partof what we do.As a community of believers, we come together and practice our faith. We regularlygather in prayer, worship and fellowship. So too, the parish comes together to practice thesocial mission of our faith. Like many relief, development, organizing and advocacyefforts, the parish provides a service to the community that protects the sacredness of lifeand the dignity of people and strengthens the common good. Together we follow Christwho proclaimed as he began his ministry, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because hehas anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty tocaptives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,” (Lk 4: 18).Our practice of social ministry has an additional benefit that it brings us closer to God. AsPope Benedict articulated in his first encyclical, “Only my readiness to encounter myneighbor and to show him love makes me sensitive to God as well,” (
 Deus Caritas Est 
 #18). How we grow in love of God is intimately linked to growing in love with our neighbors. Led by the Word of God, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and the teachingand living witness of the Church, the parish advances the causes of love, life, justice,freedom and peace. As a community, the parish takes what we have learned from theGospels and draws from the strength of the encounter that we have with God in thesacraments and puts into practice our love for God by showing our love for one another.Yet, parish social ministry can be challenging. With so many compelling needs and sources of injustice, it can be difficult to determine what a parish can do, where to begin,how to respond. It can also be difficult to preserve the spiritual nature of the ministry; theurgent needs of the moment can become over consuming and detrimental to the slow,disciplined work of spiritual practice.Despite these challenges, parish social ministry is flourishing. In their 1994 statement, U.SBishops spoke with great pride abou parish social ministry across the country, “One of themost encouraging signs of the gospel at work in our midst is the vitality and quality of social justice ministries in our parishes. Across the country, countless local communitiesof faith are serving those in need, working for justice, and sharing our social teaching asnever before,” (
Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of theParish,
1994).

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