Social and Racial Justice Ministry

Sub-Groups

The Social and Racial Justice Ministry is a collection of sub-groups that are led by Ministry members who are interested in galvanizing action in a subject area that is aligned with the overall mission. Active sub-groups are listed below, and all parishioners are encouraged to get involved by contacting [email protected] to join the group. When emailing please mention which sub-group(s) (if any, but not required) you are interested in. If you have a passion that you believe is aligned with the mission of the Ministry but not listed below, please bring your energy to one of our monthly  meetings for discussion.

Environmental Justice

Ever heard of Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home?

Pope Francis’ landmark 2015 encyclical provides a faith-based critique of consumerism, irresponsible development, environmental degradation, and global warming. In doing so, he calls for all people — not just Catholics — to act urgently in improving our collective care for creation. This subgroup of the Social and Racial Justice Ministry uses the teachings in this encyclical to guide discussions and actions (on both the personal and parish levels) related to stewardship of our environment and all who dwell in it.

Environmental Justice Resources:

Laudato Si

Boston Catholic Climate Movement

Catholic Relief Services: 

Global Catholic Climate Movement

Racial Justice

In the past several years, race has been at the forefront of many news stories and public discourse. People of color have consistently been discriminated against in this country — by our prison system, housing system, hiring practices, educational system, and in many other ways. This subgroup aims to bring awareness to issues of race; to educate parishioners on how to be an effective ally; and to call those to action who wish to stand up for the rights of people of color, especially in our own community, in concrete ways.

Racial Justice resources:

Article: “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh

Book: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Book: Waking up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Article: The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Series: “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.”

Housing Advocacy

Homelessness and lack of access to affordable housing are significant issues confronting the Greater Boston area. The Housing and Homelessness Committee seeks to explore these problems through group readings and discussion, guest speakers/experts and participation in relevant events to educate participants so we can knowledgeably, effectively and appropriately advocate for policies and actions that promote and execute solutions to homelessness and improved access to affordable housing.

Outside Organizations

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Under One Roof Initiative aims to assist homeless clients in finding homes and providing resources to make sure they are successful.

Habitat for Humanity collects a wide variety of household, outdoor, building materials, and automobiles.

GBIO is a Boston area organization that is focused on uniting different faiths and communities to work for the common good.

Book Drive 

Please set aside any non-religious children’s books that are gently used to be donated to the students of the Edison K-8 School in Brighton. The Edison is a Boston Public School that serves about 650 students from over 60 different countries. Of these students, 83% qualify for subsidized lunch, 43% are English language learners, and 22% have special needs. In most low-income urban neighborhoods, it can be very difficult for a child to find something to read during the summer. Research has shown that access to books has both immediate and long-term impacts on the academic and socioeconomic outcomes of children. Let’s end the book desert in Boston one school at a time! Please drop off your donations at St. Cecilia. If you wish to receive a handwritten note from a student, attach a post-it note with your full name to the books you donate. If you have any questions, please reach out to Camila from the Social and Racial Justice Ministry at [email protected]

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