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jpic (Justice, peace, & integrity of creation) AT ST. DOMINIC'S

What we do: JPIC is grounded in real people's experiences, study of the issues, prayer, and action for life, justice, and the common good.

  • EXPERIENCE: name and discuss current issues of social concern to us and our community, listen to others’ experiences, build solidarity

  • STUDY: deepen our knowledge of Catholic social teaching and the facts/problems/possible solutions

  • PRAY: pray for justice and peace in our community and our world

  • ACT: mobilize and plan social action for the sake of justice in our society

~All at the level of personal relationships, organizations, & public policy~  

Our way of proceeding:

  • We respect others and their right to have a different opinion

  • Be ready to explain how our opinions are related to the values of Catholic Social Teaching

  • No ad hominem attacks against those present or absent


Join us, or observe a session!

The JPIC committee usually meets the 4th Thursday evening of the month at 7pm in the Aquinas Room for a planning meeting,  and hosts an informal " Justice Cafe" once a month on the First Friday at 9am in the Siena Room.

Our current rotation of working groups are focusing on:

  • Gun Violence  (see the USCCB Backgrounder)
  • Immigration, Refugees, and the fate of Non-Citizens in the U.S.
  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness


Coming up:
  • Friday, Mar. 29th, 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall LENTEN SOUP & SPEAKER: DigDeep.org founder George McGraw, speaking on our Lenten Water Challenge recipient (Navajo Water Project).  
  • Friday, January 25th: St. Dominic's Church hosted the annual Prayer Vigil for Life, on the eve of the Walk for Life West Coast.
  • Friday, March 15th: LENTEN SOUP & SPEAKER on Gun Violence, Catholic Principles, and Policy Reform, featuring Elizabeth Moore from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.   
  • Friday, Mar. 22nd, 7:30 PM in the Church STATIONS OF THE CROSS, justice-themed
  • Contact Michael, our staff liason, at michaelosmith@stdominics.org. 
  • LIKE us on Facebook!




“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
- Matthew 5:13-16
Social Justice "concerns the social, political, and economic aspects and, above all, the structural dimension of problems and their respective solutions" (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, no. 201). We step with this foot when we work to address the root causes of problems facing our communities by advocating for just public policies and helping to change the social structures that contribute to suffering and injustice at home and around the world.
Charitable Works are our "response to immediate needs and specific situations: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for and healing the sick, visiting those in prison, etc." (Deus Caritas Est, no. 31). We step with the Charitable Works foot when we work to aid or assist others both locally and globally to meet their immediate, short-term needs. Examples include engaging in direct service or providing food, clothing, shelter, or monetary assistance to help those in need.
-- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops