Justice and Peace

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upcoming Events

First Sunday of Every Month
St. Bernardine of Siena
Sandwich Sunday

Bagged meals, cases of bottled water, blankets and new socks for the homeless will be collected at all of the Masses. Click here for more details.
Email sandwichministry@earthlink.net to volunteer.

Third Sunday of Every Month
Food Gathering Sunday
for the Guadalupe Center

Canned and non-perishable food donations are collected after all of the Masses, including the Sunday Night Youth Mass. Food may be dropped off anytime Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers are needed to transport donations to the Guadalupe Community Center. If you would like to become a regular volunteer, please call John Reeves at (818) 883-7413.

Please Join Us!
Third Monday of Every Month
The men and women of the St. Bernardine Justice and Peace Committee meet every third Monday in the Hall at 7:30 p.m.
                
Click here to read the minutes of recent meetings.

Click here to see photos of recent activities.


~ Links ~



Los Angeles Archdiocese
Home Page



Los Angeles Archdiocese
Office of Justice and Peace



Office for Social Justice
St. Paul & Minneapolis



United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops



Contact Us

Current Events

2013 Reflection
Thank you to all of who shared your time, talents, and resources to touch the lives of those in need.
• Adopt a Family – $19,600 was donated to the Guadalupe Center. This donation allowed the center to provide food and gifts to 980 people.
• Concern America – Crafts sold generated $2,100 to support this non-profit organization.
• Pumpkin Pies – Over 120 pies where donated. There was enough pie to serve 960 seniors on Thanksgiving Day.
• Cell Phone Collections – 100 + phones donated to help victims of domestic violence.
• Sandwich Sunday – Provided over 2400 bagged lunches to the Family Rescue Mission. These lunches are provided to those in need in our own community.
• Athletic Shoes – Donated 30 pairs of shoes to the Family Rescue Mission to meet an urgent need in the community.
• Operation Gratitude – 500 cards were addressed to our service men and women and included in care packages sent by Operation Gratitude
• My Stuff Bags – 120 blankets were made with lots of LOVE. These blankets are provided to children who are removed from their homes and placed in Foster Care.
• Shower Sunday – Donations allowed us to assemble 650 shower/hygiene kits for distribution through the Shower Program at MEND.
• Food Donations – Third Sunday of every month. Our donations helped the Guadalupe Center provide groceries to approximately 2400 people
Your kindness and generosity quietly touched over 8140 lives in 2013.
God Bless you and thank you for your continued support of these programs and the Justice & Peace Ministry.

Catholic Social Justice Teaching

Learn more about NETWORK, a national Catholic Social Justice lobby, a progressive voice within the Catholic community calling for peace and economic justice in our nation and the world. Click here for more details.

Are you interested in what the Catholic Church teaches about Social Justice? Click here to learn more.

Homelessness & Hunger


REAL WORDS FROM POVERTY, USA
The State of American Poverty

What does it mean to be poor in America? For the past two years, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has posed this question to people in poverty across the nation, through its annual Low Income Survey. Read some of their answers below, and remember: for every one you read, there are 33 million more Americans still living in poverty, still waiting to be heard. (http://www.usccb.org/cchd/povertyusa/povfacts.htm)

"It means having to do without basic needs. It means being last, forgotten, judged wrongly by others."
Male, 44, Delaware, household of three, income less than $8,860

"Struggling to pay bills, constant disconnection notices, not having money to wash and purchase clothing to work in because bills and household needs have to come first. Listening to your children say they are hungry, but not knowing what you are going to be able to give them before your foodstamps come."
Female, 32, Missouri, household of five, income of less than $8,860

"Being unseen and unheard."
Female, 70, Washington, household of one, income of $8,860 to $11,939


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