Justice & Peace

Social Ministry

“What is good has been explained to you, man; this is what Yahweh asks of you:
only this, to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God.” 
Micah 6:8 (Jerusalem Bible)

The St. Anne Social Ministry Committee works to educate our parish in the area of Catholic Social Teaching and how this affects our daily lives as Catholics.  We also work to create and assist our community in outreach to those less fortunate.  The Committee meets on a monthly basis.  If you are interested in promoting Justice and Peace Issues, you are invited to join us at our monthly meetings.(this would take them to the parish calendar or to a special listing of the  committee dates)

As stated in our Parish Mission Statement (located on the front of the bulletin and in the Commons) under “Outreach”:
“That individually and as a community we pledge ourselves to be aware of the needs of others.  We must not hesitate to respond to suffering, deprivation, separation or the loss of human dignity.”

And so the Social Ministry Committee work towards these goals by addressing a number of issues such as Haiti Twinning and Global Solidarity (could we link this to the Diocesan page for Haiti?);  Education in Catholic Social Teaching (link to the Commonwealth Catholic Charities web-site?); Support of Bristol Faith in Action (link to their website?); Faithful Citizenship through Legislative Advocacy (I’d like to link this to the two advocacy arms in Virginia and Tennessee) and civic responsibility; Respect Life Issues (link to...?) and many other areas.

As Catholic Christians we are called to work to promote Justice and Peace in our daily lives by how we live and how we reverence each other.  This is stated in our Parish Mission Statement under “Fellowship”
“That individuals, small groups and the parish community
recognize our responsibility to welcome all,
accept our rich diversity, reverence our uniqueness,
and reconcile our differences.”

How can you help? Read the weekly bulletin to see what opportunities are available to serve.
   Assist with the volunteer efforts during the weeks we are hosting families for Family Promise of Bristol.
   Work with members of the Respect Life arm of the Social Ministry Committee
   Make time to pray for the efforts of those who work with the poor.
   Exercise the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

If we want Justice we must work for Peace: If we want Peace we must work for Justice.
Contact the parish office at: stannes@stannes-bristol.org or call 276-669-8200 for more information or with ideas for Justice and Peace Initiatives.

Respect Life

Our mission statement calls for us to live out the teachings of the Catholic Church on the sanctity of life by supporting individuals and families who are in crisis over a present or past pregnancy, educating the community on the sanctity, and urging our government to pass legislation which respects
life from the moment of conception to natural death.

Current Efforts:
. Educate parish community about issues of life and death.
. Collect baby and maternity items for Abortion Alternatives and Crisis
. Pregnancy Center.
. Encourage participation in the one mile walk for support of Abortion
. Alternatives and Crisis Pregnancy Center.
RESPECT LIFE ROSARY prayed at 5:30p on Thursdays before evening 6p Mass.

How you can help:
. Your time, talent, and ideas to fulfill our mission; and expand our efforts to new areas.
. Assist with walk-a-ton and collection of items.

For more information, please call  276-669-8200.