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

Our Mission: To reflect on the experiences and socials concerns of our community, study the issues and Catholic Social Teaching, pray, witness, and act for life, justice, and the common good.  

The JPIC committee 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.

Currently, our working groups are focusing on:

  • Justice @ Standing Rock, the oil pipeline in North Dakota, justice for Native Americans, and climate change.
  • Immigration, Refugees, and the fate of Non-Citizens in the U.S.
  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Parish Hall: Practicing Solidarity During Immigration Raids, Training
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd, 9AM, Siena Room: Justice Cafe--informal conversations w/ coffee about social justice.
  • Friday, Mar. 3rd,, 6PM, Parish Hall: Lenten Friday Soup & Speaker--on Pipelines, Standing Rock, and our Environment; followed by a 7:30pm Stations of the Cross in the church, w/ reflections from Pope Francis' encyclical on Laudato Si.
  • Friday, Mar. 10th, 6PMParish Hall: Lenten Friday Soup & Speaker--a discussion on immigration in light of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Thursday, March 23th, 7PM, Aquinas Room: JPIC Planning Meeting--updates on working group topics, study, planning. 

Questions? Want to get involved? Contact michaelosmith@stdominics.org. 

“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