The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Believing with the universal church that action on behalf of justice is an essential dimension of the mission of the church and the preaching of the gospel, the Social Justice Concerns Committee, through its many sub-committees, undertakes a program of education and action to bring about a more just society.

Focusing on the key themes that are the heart of our Catholic social tradition we strive to bring about the Kingdom of God by working for systemic change.

Social Justice Concerns Committee.
Believing with the universal church that action on behalf of justice is an essential dimension of the mission of the church and the preaching of the gospel, this committee undertakes a program of education and action to bring about a more just society.

This poem was written by Mary O’Herron, a parishioner and member of the Social Justice Committee and the Interfaith Climate Justice Community (ICJC) Steering Committee. -September 2020

“I Can’t Breathe”

Without trees and grasses and flowers
I can’t breathe

Without the Milky Way
I can’t breathe

Without the rains
I can’t breathe

Without the whole web of life
I can’t breathe

With a belly of plastic
I can’t breathe

Entangled in a net I can’t spout
I can’t breathe

Swimming in toxins
I can’t breathe

Slick with black oil
I can’t breathe

In forest fires and air of ash
I can’t breathe

In clear-cut forests
I can’t breathe

Carried away by flood
I can’t breathe

With COVID full lungs
I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe Pachamama
I can’t breathe

Inhaling pesticides
I can’t breathe

Without food and clean water
I can’t breathe

In the refugee camp
I can’t breathe

Caged at the border
I can’t breathe

Choking on tear gas
I can’t breathe

Amidst coughing prisoners
I can’t breathe

On gated streets
I can’t breathe

Stopped by police
I can’t breathe

With a knee on my neck
I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe, Mama
I can’t breathe
I can’t breathe
I can’t…