Social Justice and Charity is vital to St. Edward’s as a means of following in the footsteps of Jesus and reaching out to our neighbors in compassion and good will.
John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
We have many groups of committed people living this command through social action and charity. They are guided by scripture, the Holy Spirit, and principles of Catholic social teaching.
Our parish is committed to uphold these principles:
The Life and Dignity of ALL Human Persons – As everyone is a reflection of God among us, we are required to honor the human person, to give priority to the person.
The Call to Family, Community and Active Participation by ALL – How we organize our society — in economics and politics, in law and policy — directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Everyone has a responsibility to contribute to the good of the whole society, to the common good.
The Rights and Responsibilities of ALL people – Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency – starting with food, shelter and clothing, employment, health care, and education. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities — to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable – The option for the poor is a perspective that examines personal decisions, policies of private and public institutions, and economic relationships in terms of their effects on the poor – those who lack the minimum necessities of nutrition, housing, education, and health care…. who have privileged claims if society is to provide justice for all.
Participation – All people have a right to participate in the economic, political, and cultural life of society. It is a fundamental demand of justice and a requirement for human dignity that all people be assured a minimum level of participation in the community.
The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers – The economy must serve people, not the other way around. All workers have a right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, and to safe working conditions. … People have a right to economic initiative and private property, but these rights have limits. No one is allowed to amass excessive wealth when others lack the basic necessities of life.
SOLIDARITY with the human family in all walks of life and all over the world – We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Solidarity means that “loving our neighbor” has global dimensions in an interdependent world.
Constructive Role of Government – One of the key functions of government is to assist citizens in fulfilling their responsibility to others in society… Citizens need the help of government in fulfilling these responsibilities and promoting the common good. According to the principle of subsidiarity, the functions of government should be performed at the lowest level possible, as long as they can be performed adequately.
Promotion of Peace – In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Peace is not just the absence of war. It involves mutual respect and confidence between peoples and nations. It involves collaboration and binding agreements… it is an action-oriented concept.”
Care for God’s Creation – The goods of the earth are gifts from God, intended for the benefit of all. We humans are not the ultimate owners of these goods, but rather, the temporary stewards. We are entrusted with the responsibility of caring for these gifts and preserving them for future generations.
Social Justice Commission
Our Social Justice Commission is the coordinating body of St. Edward’s tremendous commitment to social justice and charity. Encouraged by Pope Francis’ strong support for reaching out to and caring for the poor and vulnerable as an important part of our faith, St. Edward’s Social Justice Commission represents a wide range of outreach activities sponsored by or supported through St. Edward’s volunteer participation or donations. In whatever way YOU might see yourself reaching out to be the hands and feet of Jesus, you will easily find just the right activity to volunteer and truly make a difference!
Our Commission meets monthly during the Parish Leadership Meetings. As representatives of the various outreach ministries, we gather to support, affirm and help one another as well as evaluate how we are meeting the needs of our community, of social justice and of charity here at St. Edward’s.
Jake Lynch, representative of VEAP at our Commission meetings says, “The best part of our meetings is the sharing of what we are each excited about. I gain energy to continue my ministry with a happy heart from this commission.”
We Want Your Ideas
We are always interested in any new project ideas you might have and we encourage new people to join our Commission or to build an outreach ministry that flows from your own passions.
For questions or more information, please contact the parish office at 952-835-7101.