Charity & Social Justice

 

The Charity & Social Justice commission is a group organized within the Parish Pastoral Council that assists the Council by developing pastoral plans and policies in the areas of Christian service and social action. The goals of the commission include providing education to the parish community regarding the social mission of the Church so those members understand both charity and justice are essential in living out the Gospel.

Charity & Social Justice is an umbrella organization encompassing a wide variety of social justice related committees and programs that serve local, national and international needs. Committees include Cleveland Latin American Ministry (CLAM), Family Promise, Respect Life and Thea Bowman to name a few. See the full list of committees on this website under the Service tab. The commission encourages all parishioners to get involved with one or more of the many worthy service ministries.

Parishioners are welcome to attend meetings or join the membership at any time. Charity & Social Justice meets on the second Monday of each month (summer meetings may vary) in the lower level meeting room of the Parish Offices at 7:30 p.m. If you would like more information, please contact Daphne Held at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER & AWARENESS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING 


"Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity." —Pope Francis

February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.

The Catholic Church describes human trafficking as an affront to the God-given dignity of the human person. The Church stands resolutely against this modern-day slavery, which affects people in the United States and around the world. The Church in the United States educates about and advocates for an end to trafficking in the US and also addresses root causes of human trafficking globally. 

Papal teaching prioritizes efforts to eradicate human trafficking. All three of the Church's most recent papal leaders, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis, have publicly decried trafficking in persons, calling for its eradication and for the protection of survivors.

We each have a responsibility to fight against the violation and degradation of our brothers and sisters. On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to pray to end slavery in all forms. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.  For more information visit: USCCB Fight to End Trafficking and CRS Stop Human Trafficking

LET US PRAY

Oh God, we didn’t see them. But your did - the hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery. Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes and haul water. Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles. Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don’t really want to see them. But you see them all, God of the poor. You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist: NO MAS. NO MORE. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educate - learn why your purchase matters. 
Purchase Ethically - Buy products that support workers and the environment. 
Reflect- Pray for the dignity of works around the world. 

Purchasing fairly traded goods ensures that our purchases have a positive impact. It’s also a powerful way to deepen our connection to God, His people and His creation. 
For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Happy Anniversary!

This year Catholic Relief Services celebrates 75 years of service assisting the poor and vulnerable overseas. Founded in 1943 in the aftermath of World War II by the U.S. bishops, Catholic Relief Services is an international humanitarian organization that seeks to end poverty, hunger and disease. It is one of the most trusted international relief and development agencies in the world, working in 110 countries and reaching more than 136 million people.

Recently 3 members of St. Rita parish have been commissioned as CRS ambassadors - Claudia Kotich, Daphne Held and Kathy Lamancusa. As ambassadors they will be sharing information and resources regarding programs that work to end poverty and injustice and encouraging parishioners to live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. Please watch the Church bulletin, the Charity and Social Justice page on the parish website and Facebook for information regarding ethical trade, the Lenten Rice Bowl, Food Fast, special prayers and much more or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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FEBRUARY 8 International Day of Prayer & Awareness Against Human Trafficking

"Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity." —Pope Francis

February 8th is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.

The Catholic Church describes human trafficking as an affront to the God-given dignity of the human person. The Church stands resolutely against this modern-day slavery, which affects people in the United States and around the world. The Church in the United States educates about and advocates for an end to trafficking in the US and also addresses root causes of human trafficking globally.

Papal teaching prioritizes efforts to eradicate human trafficking. All three of the Church's most recent papal leaders, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis, have publicly decried trafficking in persons, calling for its eradication and for the protection of survivors.

We each have a responsibility to fight against the violation and degradation of our brothers and sisters.

On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to pray to end slavery in all forms. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.

LET US PRAY

Oh God, we didn’t see them. But your did - the hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery. Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes and haul water. Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles. Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don’t really want to see them. But you see them all, God of the poor. You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist: NO MAS. NO MORE. Amen

For more information visit:

USCCB Fight to End Trafficking and CRS Stop Human Trafficking