Social Ministry Committee
St. Anne's parishioners collected cleaning supplies for the clients of Bristol Faith in Action. Many people don't realize it, but cleaning supplies and paper products are not eligible expenses for food stamp programs, and are much in demand at food pantries.
"What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness and walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
Our church mission statement expresses it as follows: One of the great challenges for Christians is as old as our faith, how do we connect our Sunday worship with our everyday life? How do we carry the values of our faith into family life, our vocations, and our interactions in the public area? How do we love our neighbor, pursue peace and seek justice in everyday choices and commitments?
Catholics are called by God to protect human life, to promote human dignity, to defend the poor and to seek the common good. This social mission of the Church belongs to all of us. It is an essential part of what it is to be a believer. Catholicism does not call us to abandon the world, but to help shape it.This does not mean leaving worldly tasks and responsibilities, but transforming them. Catholics are everywhere in this society.
Working for justice in everyday life is not easy. There are complex and sometimes difficult challenges encountered by women and men as they try to live their faith in the world. We applaud the efforts of all Catholics to live the Gospel by pursuing justice and peace in their everyday choices and commitments.
Our Social Ministry committee works to educate our parish concerning our Catholic teaching on topics relevant to Justice and peace. And assist our community in developing outreach to those in need. Please contact the parish office to join more fully in this effort.
Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice. Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 1991