Social Justice Ministry


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 is hosting 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) is 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 will feature presenters who are involved in a variety of community based initiatives.  Presenters will focus 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 will demonst.rate how these principles are being actively applied in our community on a daily basis.  We will also discuss opportunities for attendees to participate in these efforts.

Sessions may take on a variety of formats, as determined by the presenter(s).  Workshops will run from 7p-8:15p, Monday evenings in Lent and viewable on the internet.  The second workshop will be on Monday, March 1.

Monday, March 1 at 7:00pm 

Bethany Welch, Phd, Justice and Peace Fellow for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and a current professor of Urban Studies at Rutgers University-Camden

Bethany will develop another aspect of Catholic Social Taeching and will focus her presentation around questions such as: "How can we deepen our committments to family and community in uncertain times?" "How does our participation advance the common good?" Join us at 7 PM to find out! 

For more information, go to  Love your Neighbor

To Register for the Lenten Series go to:  Love Thy Neighbor Registration Form

(You only need to register once. A weekly zoom link will be sent to your email address)


February 22, 2021:  1st Meeting Video: Love Thy Neighbor - Life and Dignity of the Human Person, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable


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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