Life Justice Ministry


21 Day Environmental Justice Challenge

For more information and to sign up, go to:21-Day Catholic Enviro Justice Challenge (



On Sunday, June 20, we celebrate all refugees in our world. Let us continue to open our hearts to the invitation and challenge of the image of the Holy Family as a family of refugees. To celebrate World Refugee Day, pray with the Lead the Way on Migration Digital Retreat.



Parish Lenten Series


“The Church’s Best Kept Secret”

Catholic social teaching is often referred to as “The Church’s best kept secret."  That may be true.  But the teachings themselves are no secret at all.  In fact they are very much common sense.  Essentially, Catholic Social Teachings are just a means of putting the concept of “Love thy Neighbor” into action. 

The Parish of St Maximilian Kolbe Life & Justice Ministry hosted a series of workshops to discuss Catholic Social Teachings and relating the teachings to our communities and our role in those communities.  The purpose of the  presentation(s) was to provide participants with an introduction into some topics of Catholic Social Teaching.  The hope would be to encourage a greater investigation into this rich tradition and to see how this touches our everyday lives.

The sessions featured presenters who are involved in a variety of community based initiatives.  Presenters focused on their topic and service and relate this topic and service to Catholic Social Teachings including Life & Dignity, Participation, Rights & Responsibilities, The Poor & Vulnerable, Rights of Workers, Care for our Environment and Solidarity.

These relaxed conversational presentations demonstrated how these principles are being actively applied in our community on a daily basis.  We also discussed opportunities for attendees to participate in these efforts.

For more information, go to  Love your Neighbor

March 22, 2021: 5th Meeting Video: Love Thy Neighbor-Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Good

March 15, 2021: 4th Meeting Video: Care of God's Creation

March 8, 2021: 3rd Meeting Video: Love Thy Neighbor-Solidarity

March 1, 2021: 2nd Meeting Video: Love Thy Neighbor-Call to Family, Community and Participation



January 31, 2021

The Life and Justice Ministry continues to study the themes of Catholic Social Teaching. This week we look at the “Call to Family, Community and Participation”. 

The person is not only sacred but also social. 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. Marriage and family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.   

Sister Connie Trainor, SSJ


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