Vicariate V Peace and Justice Team

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MAKING THE WORLD A PLACE WHERE GOSPEL VALUES ABOUND CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE IN VICARIATE V

An overall degradation of the environment is occurring, especially through climate change. What does the future hold for us and our children? Violence is growing everywhere, in nearby neighborhoods, our country, the world. Women and children are trafficked for sex trade and forced labor. Can we sit on our hands a look away? Pope Francis doesn’t think so, and neither do we.

Join us, Catholics on the Southwest side and Southwest suburbs, as we strive under the guidance of the Church’s social teaching to make the world a better place:

  • Working for a future for immigrants through humane laws.
  • Partnering for the reduction of violence in Chicago neighborhoods.
  • Exposing human traffickers.
  • Spreading the message that it is a Christian duty to care for the environment.
  • Ever seeking ways to address the full list of social injustices plaguing our country and the world.

WE HAVE…

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Since 2006, Peace and Justice in Vicariate V has learned about social injustices, sought methods for improving the lives of marginalized people, and advocated for changes in the many laws and policies which have institutionalized discrimination and marginalization. We have:

  • Sponsored talks on Catholic social justice principles and practices. Simply put, social justice refers to everyone having access to basic human needs – food, housing, health care, education, and a job sufficient to support one’s self and/or one’s family.
  • Taken part in vigils, marches, and visits to government officials’ offices to demand the passage of fair and humane immigration laws. Also, we have provided direct assistance to those awaiting deportation.
  • Participated in events that have focused on the plight of our neighbors in the neighborhoods of the South and Southwest sides of Chicago.
  • Assisted at local agencies and activities such as the Chicago Food Depository and PADS locations.
  • Provided opportunities for parishioners to improve the economic distribution system in favor of poor farmers and artisans (Fair Trade sales).
  • Educated fellow parishioners on the Gospel’s insistence on everyone’s responsibility to directly assist the poor and marginalized. (Matthew 25:35-46, “For I was hungry….).
  • Advocated for more attention to and support for social justice advocacy within the Catholic Church of Chicago.

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OUR MEETINGS

We meet the morning of the third Saturday of each month to ponder the unjust situations faced by so many in today’s world with a view toward identifying actions which will remove the causes of this suffering. We share ideas and experiences, plan activities, and, of course, pray.

Everyone interested in participating in these get-togethers is welcome. The meetings take place at Incarnation Parish, 5757 West 127th Street, Palos Heights, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. It must be emphasized that meeting attendance is not considered necessary for full participation in our efforts. We keep in contact through monthly distribution of meeting agendas and summaries, e-mail alerts and social media.

CURRENT ADVOCACIES

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Comprehensive immigration reform under the leadership of the Archdiocese
http://www.catholicsandimmigrants.org


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Violence in the neighborhoods of the Southwest side of Chicago Thou Shalt Not Murder, 2016
http://www.thoushaltnotmurder.com/we-run-this.html


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Human Trafficking under the auspices of the Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking
http://www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org


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Alleviate hunger in our communities through local gardens under the auspices Grace Seeds Ministry
https://graceseedsministry.org/a/mission-statement/