Social Justice

 Learn to Write Letters to Legislators


If you missed our workshop on learning to write letters to your legislators you can find all of the information in a packet on the Archdiocese website on the Office of Life, Justice & Peace page  Look for the link titled ‘Advocacy Made Simple: A Toolkit’ for the packet.  There is a lot of great information about issues facing us today and the positions taken by the church.  There are also easy links for taking action!





Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis’ Encyclical

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Laudato Si’ study guides

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach – Laudato Si’ Study & Action Guide for Individuals & Small Groups


National Catholic Reporter’s ‘A readers’ guide to Laudato Si’


Things you need to know about Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’


Catholic Climate Covenant – St. Francis Pledge


A Christian prayer in union with creation

By Pope Francis*
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
* Pope Francis published this prayer in his Laudato Si’ encyclical, and is meant for us Christians to ask for
inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.




Ongoing Opportunities

St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry:  The SVdP food pantry has been in operation since our dedication, November 1, 2010.  This is an ongoing very active ministry of our parish.  For more information, see the St. Vincent de Paul page.

Northwest Children’s Outreach Volunteers: help pack bags of clothing, books and toys for children on the first Monday of the month. For more information please e-mail and put NW Children in the subject line or visit:

Faith Café: – Faith Café serves a free hot meal every Sunday and the last Thursday of the month at 5:00pm at Bethel Congregational United Church.  This is an ongoing active ministry of our parish with St. Juan Diego volunteering once every 7 weeks.  See our Faith Café page for more information, or Faith Café’s main website at  If you would like to join this team please e-mail and put Faith Café in the subject line.

Habitat for Humanity: In 2013 eight St. Juan Diego women participate in a “Women’s Build”. Periodic work days on construction sites are scheduled.  If you are interested in helping please e-mail and put Habitat in the subject line.


Mission Statement

In accordance with the teaching of Jesus, to act as both a catalyst and a participant, and to collaborate with both local and national communities, we will affect short-term and long-term solutions to build a just society that reflects the Kingdom of God.



The Social Justice Ministry has been a part of St. Juan Diego Parish since its earliest inception. After the Epiphany mass of January 2003, 75 parishioners continued the discussion of what our parish would look like. 67% of these people listed social concerns as an important priority. From the first St. Juan Diego mass, 5% of the offertory collection has been designated for this ministry. These funds made it possible to start our St. Vincent de Paul conference and the food pantry, as well and to be of aid to many neighbors who have requested help from our parish.  In accordance with the Catholic Church’s teaching on social justice, with its seven themes of social justice, St Juan Diego has been, and will continue to be involved in a wide range of social justice activities.


Contact Us

If you’re interested in joining the Social Justice Ministry please e-mail

All are welcome. Our regular meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the church.