Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Pam Long – Regional Director
Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036
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Resources and Programs for Parish Social Ministry
A Witness of Love: 2013 Survey of Parish Social Justice, Respect Life, and Charity Ministries in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, and Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley conducted a survey in 2013 to report on the amount of parish-level social action ministry taking place in the Archdiocese. As the U.S. Catholic bishops state, “Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church,” and consequently, “the Church’s social mission is an essential measure of every parish community” (Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish, pg. 1,7).
Our survey aims to celebrate the great amount of social justice, respect life, and charitable activity taking place in parishes throughout the 19 counties of the Archdiocese, to appreciate where such ministries promote a more consistent ethic for life by affirming each other, and to identify areas for growth.
Salt and Light Program: Training in Catholic Social Teaching and Parish Social Ministry
Salt and Light is a program designed adult Catholics to facilitate the integration of the Church’s social mission into the life of the parish. The program, consisting of five two and a half hour sessions, focuses on Catholic social teaching, prayer, and skill development for social justice ministry.
- Number of participants needed: 15-30 (can combine with another parish)
- Cost per participant: $25
- Facilitators: Provided by the Catholic Social Action Office
- Location: Your parish
Note: Preference may be given to hosting parish’s parishioners. Please check with listed contacts for details.
To learn more, download our overview of “Salt and Light: A Transformative Journey into Catholic Social Teaching.”
Journey to Justice Retreat
Journey to Justice is a transformative education process designed by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to bring together members of Catholic parishes and CCHD-funded groups so that they might better understand and act on the causes of poverty and injustice. The main event of the Journey to Justice is a weekend retreat providing parishioners the opportunity to: Immerse themselves in Scripture and Catholic social teaching; Interact with empowered low-income groups who are effecting changes in their situation; Commit themselves anew to the struggle for a more just society.
- Number of Participants: 20-25
- Cost: determined by the parish (includes things like meals, materials, etc.)
- Facilitators: The Catholic Social Action office trains a retreat team from the parish.
- Time: Usually Friday evening through Sunday afternoon (participants return to their own home in the evenings).
Justfaith is an in-depth adult faith formation program designed to deepen understanding of and commitment to the Gospel’s call to build a more just society. The program involves prayer, reading, discussion, faith sharing, journaling, videos, guest speakers, actions, and a supportive community.
To learn more about JustFaith visit http://www.justfaith.org/
To learn where JustFaith is happening in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati e-mail the Catholic Social Action Office.
Catholic Social Teaching Parish Toolkit