People have a right to decent and productive work, to fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic initiative. The economy exists to serve the people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation.

Alternative Giving
Every year this committee offers a meaningful Christmas shopping alternative by bringing together organizations that work with people in developing nations. These organizations enable families to move toward greater self-reliance through the gift of livestock, loans, tuition, etc. along with training in environmentally sound practices. These are the gifts that keep on giving; these are the gifts that change people’s lives.

Fair Trade Coffee
The parish has made a commitment to use only Fairly Traded Coffee on the St. Joseph University Parish Campus. Fairly Traded Coffee helps small-scale farmers in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the U.S. as they build a better future for themselves and their families. Through the project, farmers earn a fair price for their products, have access to affordable credit, and gain a long-term trading partner they can trust. With our support, these communities of farmers are able to invest in education, health care, and agricultural improvements.

For information about serving in one of these ministries or to sign up, please fill out the Ministry Contact form under Get Involved and someone will be in touch with you.