Peace and Social Justice



Based on Catholic Social Principles, our organization educates, organizes and acts on social issues facing our local and global community by deepening an awareness of the Gospel's call to love our neighbors.

St. Jude Peace & Social Justice Ministry bases our mission on the Gospel teachings of Jesus and the Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  We provide projects in which all parishioners can participate, including: regular sales of Fair Trade coffee and other food items, a Fair Trade Fair, and letter writing campaigns to our legislators.  We have also provided guest speakers on issues including poverty and hunger, non-violence, immigration, peace initiatives and environmental concerns. 

St. Jude Parish is the recipient of the 2008 Community of Salt & Light Award presented by the Diocese of Joliet.  This award is given to the parish best fulfilling the U.S. Bishops' vision of service and justice as put forth in the Communities of Salt & Light Pastoral.  

If you would like more information on this important ministry and/or would like join us for a meeting call Lorrie Tracy at 815/485-8049.


To link to the Diocese of Joliet Office of Peace and Social Justice go 


  Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
  • Life & Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation

Ask any of our members about the Peace Pole outside the front door of the church and its significance.

News Bulletin:


April 15-16 St. Jude Offering of Letters

Seen through the eyes of faith, our federal budget is a moral document, especially when it comes to helping those in need.  Powerful forces in Congress are pushing to dismantle or cut funding for programs that help hungry and struggling people in our country and worldwide.  This includes programs that help buy food for infants and families in this country, like WIC and SNAP.  Also at risk are international programs, including nutrition assistance for young children and investments that help struggling farmers grow more food and nourish their families and communities.  On the weekend of April 29-30, you may take a sample letter home to read, so that the letter can be personalized.  All letters are important, but personalized (your reason for writing ) letters carry more weight.


April 22-23 St. Jude Offering of Letters

Domestic nutrition programs for hungry Americans comprise less than 3% of our budget, while international poverty-focused programs make up less than 1/2 of one percent of our budget.  Cutting these programs will not significantly reduce our debt, but will have dire consequences for hungry people.  Our letters to Congress will allow us to add a moral voice to the public debate.  Please plan to stay after mass next week to write a brief letter to Congress to support domestic nutrition and international development programs that are vital to health and well-being of our hungry brothers and sisters in this country and abroad.  We will supply all you need to write a 5- minute letter:  a sample letter, paper and pens.  You are welcome to write your own letter and we will gladly send them with our form letters to senators Durbin and Duckworth.





Peace and Social Justice Sponsors
which offers quality products such as coffee, tea,
olive oil, and chocolate.  This is not a fundraiser at St. Jude.
We offer all products at our cost. Watch the bulletin for
upcoming sales and events. 



  • Builds right relationships between buyers and sellers that are rooted in the principles of human dignity and solidarity
  • Respects human dignity
  • Promotes the common good  
  • Advances economic justice
  • Empowers disadvantaged people 
  • Connects us with the people who create the things we buy 
  • Cultivates global solidarity


  • Watch the Bulletin for dates when Fair Trade items are available in the West Narthex.  
  • SERVV CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES  (CRS), on-line shopping 
    Stores:  Oak Park, 121 N. Marion St, 708/848-4572  
                  Evanston, 719 Main St., 847/733-8258
                  Glen Ellyn, 503 Pennsylvania Ave., 630/790-1166 
    Store:    Hammond IN,  219/933-1044


For additional information about the Peace and Social Justice Ministry
click on the links below:


To read the full text of the Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, <click here.  


For more information on: Communities of Salt and Light:Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish,   <click here.