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 to:www.paxjoliet.org
Ask any of our members about the Peace Pole outside the front door of the church and its significance.
Peace and Social Justice SponsorsThe FAIR TRADE PROGRAM 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.
FAIR TRADE SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES:
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.