Social Concerns

Social Concerns: As disciples of Jesus, we build up the Kingdom of God by helping all people live according to their dignity as children of God.

Poverty USA
   A website by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It describes the circumstances and needs of those in poverty in the U.S.

There are "two feet" for social concerns. We need to walk with both of them:

1. Direct services. These are social ministries which provide aid directly and usually immediately to people in need. Examples of them are food banks, clinics, homeless shelters, etc.  In Plymouth, the religious community cooperates to form and support Care and Share of Marshall County.

Care and Share of Marshall County

2. Social action. These are efforts to change the structures of society to ensure that the needs of all are met.  They involve changes in public policy and laws.

Diocese Fort Wayne--South Bend

Social Justice
   --Project Encounter
   --Jail Ministry
   --Economic Justice and Treatment of Workers

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Faithful Citizenship
   Our values should guide our actions in public life.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
    The bishops' domestic anti-poverty program. The goal is to help those in poverty to be able to help themselves: "A Hand Up, Not a Handout."

Justice For Immigrants
The program sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to deal with our broken immigration system. It includes the pastoral letters on our theology and values about immigration, as well as specific policy proposals.

Catholic Relief Services
The U.S Catholic Bishops' program to reduce poverty and suffering overseas.