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Ministries support Catholic social teaching

Peace, Justice and Human Concerns Commission focuses on justice.

Holy Infant offers parishioners ample opportunities to live Jesus through outreach to our community.

The Peace, Justice and Human Concerns Commission promotes awareness within the parish on social justice issues ranging from hunger and homelessness to the sanctity and dignity of all lives.

Bobi Gallagher, a parishioner involved in numerous social justice initiatives, notes that we are called to value the vulnerable and feed the hungry. 

Commission ministries do just that, helping to feed the hungry through meal service at area shelters, food pantry donations and produce from our own parish food justice garden. Parishioners connect with and assist various organizations that promote the sanctity and dignity of human life. In addition to direct service to our community, our parishioners partner with local groups engaged in social justice initiatives such as restorative justice with the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and the Living Wage Project with Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods (CAN).

According to a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind"(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with "the least of these," the hungry and the stranger (Mt 25:45).

Adrienne Manhard is the current PJHC chair. In the coming months, you will hear more about the individual ministries that support Catholic teaching on social justice.

Next week, our ministry focus will be on the Parish Life Commission, which supports the rich fellowship among parishioners.

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