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Connecting Your Networks

Melissa DuCharme Diocese of Raleigh Office of Human Life and Dignity

Communities of Salt & Light


Prayer & Worship Education Family, Work, Citizenship Outreach & Charity Legislative Action Organizing for Justice Building Solidarity

Communities of Salt & Light


The role of parish social ministry leaders is to create the structures and programs that enable the entire parish to act on our social mission.
These committees and coordinators best serve parishes by facilitating and enabling the participation of the parish community, rather than simply doing the work on behalf of the parish. --p. 13

What is the Reality for your parish/office?


Who Are Your Key Constituencies?
Parishioners/Co-workers People in need neighboring parishes/community partners Current Ministries of Your Parish Pastor/Parish Council

What Are Their Resources and Needs?

Strategies for Researching


Surveys Conversations One-on-ones

Always plan ahead. It wasnt raining when Noah built the ark.
Richard Cushing

Organizing Model: USCCB

National Partners
Catholic Charities USA Catholic Relief Services Catholic Campaign for Human Development United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Just FaithMinistries Government Agencies

Diocesan Staff Partners


Catholic Charities Diocese Formation Departments Diversity Groups- Hispanic Ministry, African American, Native American Pro-Life Offices

Community Partners
Catholic Charities Diocese Catholic Campaign for Human Development Funded Group Council of Churches Area churches- think ecumenically Community Groups Government Agencies

Parish Ministry Partners


Mens Group (TMIY) Bible Study Groups Women of Grace Ministry Preschool School, PTO Respect Life Ministry Leaders RCIA Knights Sister Parish Social Action Ministry Leaders Faith Formation AAMEN New Parishioner Events Merton Group Centering Prayer Group Eucharistic Ministers Music Ministry Immigration Group Staff Pastoral Council Deacons

How do we invite people to be part of this work?

Disciple Recruitment
Pray Purposely for vision Specifically for people Ask other to intentionally pray for you Learn What skills do you need? Have you analyzed? Love Languages- how do you make people feel valued? Act Cast out the vision given to you by God Invite! Invite! Invite! Involve others in the asking. (One on Ones) Give Give away ownership of vision Give feedback Give clear roles

One-on-Ones

Building Community
We need to build communities of faith where our social teaching is central, not fringe; where social ministry is integral, not optional; where it is the work of every believer, not just the mission of a few committed people and committees. USCCB, Communities of Salt & Light, p. 4

We End Where We Began!


You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.