Charity and Justice

What is Justice?

In our current environment it’s hard to tell what’s ‘fair’, ‘right’ or just.

Over the next few months we will share what our faith tells us justice is, what we believe, and how we take action for justice in our parish and in our community. I hope you will join us in exploring justice by reading our monthly posts, considering how justice can take shape in your everyday life, and contributing to this especially important conversation.

All justice boils down to one overriding belief in the Fundamental Value of the Human Person, also described as the brotherhood of humanity (CCBS).

Promoting Justice consists of 3 things: EDUCATION –PRAYER—ACTION

The US Catholic Bishops organizes this fight for human development into 7 Themes of Catholic Teaching on Justice. Each month we will explore one of these themes to increase our own knowledge of each, offer scripture and prayer and sources of more in depth information. We will also include ways we can act on each theme in our everyday lives.

Finally, we will highlight projects at Our Lady that you see often, but may not know the justice cause behind, as well as offer opportunities to engage in conversation and action as we move forward.

The Seven Themes of Social Justice

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Examples that fall under this theme include euthanasia, cloning, stem cell research, peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Call to Family, Community, and Participation

How we organize our society in economics, in law and in policy directly affects human dignity. Supporting policies that uphold marriage, the family, and our right and duty to work together to seek the common good are central to a just society.

Rights and Responsibilities

Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency.

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

 Our call is to focus on how our most vulnerable members are faring. Policies that address the deepening divisions between rich and poor are the focus of this theme.


The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Catholics support the right to work, fair wages, the right to private property and access to economic initiative.


We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters’ keepers, and are to work for peace and justice.

Care for God’s Creation

We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of His creation and care for the Earth 

For more information on each of the themes go to; https://www.usccb.org/resources/seven-themes-catholic-social-teaching

Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

Life and Dignity of the Human Person


Charity and Justice Chair
Karen Hoffman       ph.216-513-6444 

email: [email protected]  



As a way of life, we receive strength from the Eucharist, seeking to educate and provide opportunities for parishioner involvement to respond to needs and injustices locally, nationally and globally.



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Day of Service

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 Equal Exchange




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 Safer Future Shower






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