Justice + Peace Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Justice & Peace Ministry is:

Energizing people to actively pursue the protection of all life, justice, and peace

Identifying and responding to areas of justice and peace in our community

Promoting programs that encourage prayer, education, pastoral care and advocacy in light of Catholic Social Teaching

Coming Events

 Mother and Child Shower

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Psalm 127: 3

 The Justice and Peace ministry will host an “April Shower” to support the three shelters for pregnant women as listed on the Diocese of Orange website.  These local non-profit Orange County organizations provide food, shelter, and support for homeless pregnant women, and training so they can build a better future for themselves and their children.  Donated items will be collected after all masses on the weekend of April 28 and 29, and given to the women in the shelters for Mothers’ Day.  Suggested items are:

                         For Babies                                                     For Mothers

                         Blankets                                                         Nursing aids: pads, creams, pillows

                        Bottles, bibs                                                   Comfort items: slings, carriers

                        Pacifiers, teethers                                         Lotions, body oils, soaps

                        Clothing, Size NB – 2T (girls & boys)          Walmart, Marshalls or Ross - Gift Cards

                        Lotions and soaps                                        Nursing milk storage bags

                        Porta crib sheets size 16 x 28                     Deodorant

                        Non-scented baby wipes                           SPF 15 lip gloss

                        Booties neutral in color                               Women’s undergarments 7 & 8

                        Gallon and quart zip lock bags                   Toilet paper

 The three recipient organizations will be Casa Teresa in Orange (www.casateresa.com), Mary's Path (formerly Mary's Shelter) in Santa Ana ( www.maryspath.org), and Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos (http://www.preciouslifeshelter.org).  Casa Teresa’s mission is to save lives by providing a temporary home and ongoing support for pregnant women age 18 years and older who are alone.  They provide emergency maternity and family shelters, counseling, and programs designed to build self-confident and self-sufficient women. Mary's Path provides a loving home to pregnant minors committed to carrying their babies’ full term and teen mothers and their babies needing support services. This organization strives to break the negative cycle of teen pregnancy: abortion, high-risk births with premature and low birth-weight babies, interrupted education, repeat pregnancy, poverty, dependence on public assistance, and child abuse and neglect.  Precious Life Shelter provides residential support services in a safe, loving environment for homeless, pregnant, adult women with no place to have their child.  The services include career planning, life skills development, health and nutrition education, instruction in childbirth and parenting, and drug diversion and counseling, which allows each woman to regain stability and become self-reliant for themselves and their child. Please help us bless these mothers and babies by supporting these three organizations!

  

Help Build a Habitat for Humanity Home

Date: TBD

A “Catholic Coalition” of parishes in the Orange Diocese is going to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a homeless veteran family in Tustin.  Work will start soon, and the home will take about a year to construct.  Saint Bonaventure is going to pick a day or two to provide volunteers, and you are invited to join us.  It should be fun to spend a day working together while at the same time helping a needy family get into a home. 

 You don’t have to have construction skills to work on the site (the Habitat team provides training and supervision), but you do have to be willing to work 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM on the day we pick (with your input). Volunteers must sign a waiver and must be 18 to work unsupervised.  Teens 16-18 can work if a guardian is on site, who can supervise multiple teens. Younger kids can be part of a family “lunch bunch” crew bringing lunch for the workers, which is really helpful.  Families can also sign up to build playhouses off-site.

If you would like to be involved with this effort in some way, please contact Deacon Joe Sullivan at 714-842-9707 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Let us know how you would like to participate, and thank you for caring!

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about Himself. We believe in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social. Therefore, we who are made in God’s image share this communal, social nature. As social beings, we long for relationship, to know and love each other as God intends. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice. 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. Based on the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, modern Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents over the last 120 years. These teachings lay out what is necessary to live a dignified human life in today’s world, and our joint responsibility to each other to make that happen.

Through Catholic Social Teaching, the Church describes what a just society looks like, said Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est, but it is up to the lay faithful – working within their political system – to create that society. Documents at the US Catholic Bishops’ website describe seven principal themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3. Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  6. Solidarity (with people all around the world)
  7. Care for God’s Creation

There are also other important principles to be applied such as Subsidiarity, but we will primarily focus on these seven themes. To learn more about each of the themes listed above, simply click on the different links above. For more information, or if you have questions, please call Deacon Joe Sullivan at 714-842-9707.

For additional info, check out the California Catholic Bishops’ website at:
http://www.cacatholic.org/catholic-social-teaching

You should also check out the material on the US Bishops’ website at:
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/

For the full Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on the Vatican website, go to:
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html

 Please contact Deacon Joe Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or comments.