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Parish Social Ministry (Outreach)

The definition of Parish Social Ministry is the empowerment of the parish as the people of GOd to fulfill the Church's mission of love, justice, freedom and peace by communally responding in an organized way to societal and individual human needs.  
Parish Social Ministry:  A Vision and a Resource (The National Conference of Catholic Charities, 1985)

The vision of Parish Social Ministry is to assist parishioners, through parish community, to understand and act on Catholic Social Teach. 
Parish Social Ministry:  Strategies for Success (Tom Ulrich, 2001)

Parish Social MInstry is a vibrant growing part of our faith community here at Holy Family Parish.   This ministry is staffed by the Coordinator of Parish Social Ministry, Sr. Carol Radosti, OP and parishioners committed to helping the people of our community.   Volunteer minsiters give freely of their time and talent providing assistance to those with basic needs, ministering with compassion, sensitivity and confidentiality while striving to treat each person with the dignity they deserve in Christ.

Holy Family Parish Social Ministry provides:

  • Direct Service: food, clothing, shelter needs, transportation, at home or telephone visits, financial assistance and special services. 
  • Support Groups: Bereavement, Emmaus, Caregivers (projected to begin Fall 2011)
  • Advocacy: speaking for the vulnerable in an effort to move from charity to justice

The Seven Basic Principles of Catholic Social Teaching:

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person.  Every person is precious; people are more important than things; the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances this life.
  2. Call to Family, Community and Participation.  The person is not only sacred, but social;  marriage and family are central social institutions; people have a right and duty to participate in society, seeking the common good and well being of all.
  3. Rights and Responsibilities.  Every person has a fundamental right tolife and those things required for human decency; corresponding to these rights are duties and responsitbilities to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.  A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are fairing, recalling the Last Judgment (mt. 25:31-46) to put their needs first.
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers.  Basic rights must be respected; to productive work, fair wages, organizing unions, private property and economic initiative.
  6. Solidarity.  We are one human family; we are our brothers' and our sisters' keepers; our love for all demands that we promote peace and justice in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.
  7. Care for All God's Creation.  We show respect for our Creator by stewardship of creation; the environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions. 

At Holy Family over 125 generous parishioners serve and touch the lives of others through:

  • Food Pantry/Outreach Office
  • Thrift Shop
  • Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound
  • Ministry of Consolation
  • Bereavement Ministry
  • Emmaus Ministry
  • Transportation Ministry
  • Project Linus
  • Telephone Ministry
  • Welcoming/Hospitality Ministry
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Gift Giving

For more information please contact the Parish Social Ministry Office at 516-938-3846 ext. 322