Parish and Community Engagement is an opportunity for the faithful to live the Gospel mandate to love and serve all people through an organized program at the local parish putting Catholic Social Teaching into action. In addition, it is the action that the faith community takes to:

  • Protect the life and dignity of all people
  • Help parishioners grow in love with God and neighbor.

Parish and Community Engagement activities are based on the principles of Catholic Social Teachings and utilize the skills of convening, facilitating, organizing, educating for spiritual formation, advocacy, and forming relationships. The Office of Human Life and Dignity coordinates the Parish Social Ministry support activities and the diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). In addition, the Office of Human Life and Dignity assists parishes in the following ways to participate in social ministry more effectively:

  • Promotes the social mission of the Church to bring about change for greater social and economic justice
  • Recognizes the dignity and value of all life
  • Advocates for structural and legislative change to eliminate the causes of needs which are addressed through charitable programs
  • Works toward a more peaceful world
  • Organizes for service and/or action for changing unjust systems
  • Educates parishioners, students and community members regarding Catholic Social Teachings on social and economic justice