The role of the St. Luke Peace and Justice Committee is to move social justice and accompanying peace issues from the fringes of parish life to become an integral part of the parish's life. The parish is where the Church lives. The parish is the place we meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church's life. It is where we are formed and sent forth to renew the communities in which we live and work. Carrying out the Gospel command to work for justice is what keeps a parish alive and makes it truly Catholic.
The Committee has been in existence for more than 30 years. We form our members through reflection on the Scriptures and its call to work for justice, by prayer, and by studying the numerous pastoral statements of our Pope and Bishops. We then move from prayer and study to action on justice issues that confront our parish, our local communities, our state, our nation, and the world.
Every four years the Committee uses the Bishops' Faithful Citizenship document to inform the parish about the social justice issues that need to be considered when we vote. The Committee coordinates the parish's participation in United Power for Action and Justice. We are an active part of the Universal Catholic Church with ties of faith and humanity to sisters and brothers all over the world. The committee sponsors the annual John Clark Lenten Haiti Appeal and CRS Rice Bowl collections.
Meetings: Second Monday of each month from September through June. The meetings are held at 7:30 pm in the Hospitality House. All are invited to attend.
For more information, contact Terry Norton at 771-6635 or Tony Graefe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-848-9753.