Peace and Justice

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Catholic Social Teaching states:
“Social life becomes more human the more it is characterized by efforts to
bring about a more mature awareness of the ideal towards which it should be oriented,
which is the ‘civilization of love’”

The St Pascal Peace and Justice Ministry Mission is:

The Peace and Justice Ministry of St Pascal, in light of the Gospel message of peace and justice, seeks to enlighten and empower our faith community, to seek justice and promote human development through education, formation and action.

  1. To continually pray, educate and inform ourselves about Catholic social teaching and current social justice issues.
  2. To provide educational resources for the parish in the form of bulletin inserts or information packets about select
    justice issues.
  3. To inform parishioners about social injustices and encourage letter writing campaigns and volunteer experiences.
  4. To seek out and collaborate with other parish-based and Archdiocesan social justice committees.
All Saint Pascal Parishioners are invited to join the Peace and Justice Ministry
the Fourth Sunday of the Month.
The Next Meeting is Sunday, September 22, 2019
in the West Sacristy after the 10:00 AM Mass.
Facilitator: Tom McGuire
313 399 4598
Comments are welcome.

Peace & Justice in Illinois

Advocacy in Springfield /a> - A website which provides Catholics a voice regarding public policy Illinois - A Non-Partisan Full Service Watchdog Fact Check with Politifact

Food Assistance Cuts Are Immoral!

The most vulnerable Americans now face the prospect of losing critical nutrition support for their families. A 2018 farm bill proposal in the House Agriculture Committee, officially known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), ties critical food support to work requirements, affecting more than 2 million people who rely on the program.

The bill cuts SNAP benefits by more than $20 billion over 10 years, diverting much of that money to sweeping new work programs with unforgiving penalties. Under one provision, an individual who doesn't meet work requirements within a month of receiving food benefits would be kicked off the program for a year. In most states, a three-month time limit is already in place for recipients without kids who aren't working 20 hours a week. Even among those receiving SNAP who do work, more than one in four would fail to meet the proposed new requirements. The expanded work requirements apply to parents with kids ages 6 and up. If these parents lose food assistance, children will come home to empty refrigerators.

The House committee plan would also repeal a state's flexibility to extend nutrition assistance benefits to working families who earn enough to put them barely above the income eligibility limit for the program. Taking away food support from families just as they are finding stability can set them backwards again. Many SNAP recipients already work, and those who don't often struggle to find jobs in an economy where even low-wage, temporary work without benefits can be difficult to find. An economy of exclusion and inequality presents systematic barriers.

SNAP (a cost-effective success story) helps one in eight Americans afford a basic diet. Most recipients are children, seniors, or people with disabilities. For a benefit averaging about $1.40 per person for each meal, the program has an impact that keeps people out of hunger and healthier. Along with proposed changes to food assistance, the government has offered guidance that allows states to take Medicaid coverage from people who are not working or not working a specific number of hours each month. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has already approved Kentucky's plan, which allows the state to take away coverage from people if they fail to document 80 hours of work or work activities every month. This means low-income adults will lose health coverage. Several faith-based organizations are leading campaigns to restore decency and justice to the 2018 farm bill.

Learn more from them on how to take direct action: Network, the Catholic social justice lobby

Advocacy in Springfield

Do you wonder how we get from principles to position in Springfield? Did you know that the top five legislators in Springfield are Catholic (Rauner, Madigan, Cullerton, Durkin, Brady)? Did you know that 35% of the members of our state congress are Catholic? Do you know where your legislators stand on important state issues?

The Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) was created in 1969 to serve as the public policy voice of the Illinois bishops and lay Catholics. It interacts with the state legislature, the governor’s office and all elements of state government to promote and defend the interests of the Church.

Each Catholic diocese in Illinois is led by a bishop. The Board of the Catholic Conference of Illinois is made up of these bishops, in addition to auxiliary and retired bishops and lay Catholics.

The Catholic Conference of Illinois is here to serve you and our Church. Sign up now for Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network (I-CAN) to stay informed on issues affecting the Church and her mission at both the state and federal levels.

  • Regular email updates on respect life, education, family, immigration, social services and social justice topics under consideration by state and federal lawmakers
  • Pre-written messages on urgent issues you can email to your elected representatives
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  • You can sign up for updates on issues affecting the Church from Catholic Conference of Illinois and the Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network (I-CAN) by going to: , and click “Join I-CAN” under “Take Action.”

    Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants - January 29, 2017


    The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection or the Worl Day of Peace 2015
    A Pastoral Letter by His Excellence, The Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
    Bishop of Belleville, IL Text amd Study Guide

    The Catholic Church and The Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the U.S. Revisited
    A Pastoral Letter by His Excellence, the most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville, IL
    To be read as a companion piece to The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015

    The Response of God's Mercy

    The war in Syria has killed as many as 250,000 Syrians, and has uprooted more than 11 million people. Children, who make up more than half of Syrian refugees in the Middle East, are paying the heaviest price: many have witnessed violence and the loss of homes or loved ones; the vast majority have been out of school for years.” -Source: Catholic Relief Services

    ACTION: Ask Congress to provide funding for poverty-focused international humanitarian assistance and fulfill our nation’s commitment to help Syrian and other refugees. Call your members of Congress using this toll-free number: 888-562-8232. Visit

    Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education Elena Segura (312) 534-5333,,

    The Truth About Recycling

    The amount of municipal waste being collected in America has reached over 400 million tons to date. In 1980 America recycled only 9.6% of this waste. Today the rate stands at over 50%. Is it worth it? By all means! Researchers have found that it is indeed better for the environment. It conserves natural resources, reduces landfill space, saves energy and raw materials, and reduces pollution. Recycled materials reduce the need to mine ores, cut trees, and drill for as much oil. Chicago has made the process easier for us recently. Blue Bins have been provided, and recycled material no longer needs to be sorted. All goes to a central facility to be sorted, packaged, and sold. This new technology also provides jobs and adds to our economy. Besides using our Blue Bins, there are many other resources available to recycle larger and more toxic materials. Click here for available resources.

    A Prayer for the People of Equador

    God, you are in the midst of those who suffer.
    May all affected by the earthquake in Ecuador feel your healing presence.
    God, you are in the hands of those who reach out.
    Help responders in their courageous work.
    God, you are in the still small voice.
    The gentle whisper that follows.
    May our ears always hear,
    May our hearts always cry out for one another,
    And may we always walk like you walk in solidarity with those who suffer,
    And so reflect your presence and comfort.

    Citizens Utility Board - Free Home Energy Audits

    In order to help customers cut down on their utility bills, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and ComEd have partnered to provide free energy audits for all customers, in compliance with Illinois law, in order to economize on these bills and update your home’s energy efficiency. They will provide a personalized energy assessment report, energy usage cost guides, and free products, which may include programmable thermostats, Energy Star certified CFL bulbs, smart power strips, WaterSense certified showerheads, faucet aerators for bathrooms and kitchens, and hot water pipe insulation, all at no expense. They will send a professional consultant to your home, at your convenience, who will assess your energy needs, answer questions, and install the above mentioned energy-saving products. The process takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Several parishioners have taken advantage of this program and have been very satisfied with the results. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call 844-367-5867, or visit, or


    Migrant and Refugee Crisis Emergency Appeal

    Providing Relief to Families Fleeing Conflict

    Catholic Relief Services is working with Church partners in Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia to provide immediate assistance, including food, water, sanitation, medical care, legal services and trauma counseling. CRS and partners will adapt programming to meet the rapidly changing needs on the ground, remaining faithful to our principles to support those in greatest need, regardless of national, religious and ideological beliefs.

    Conflicts, civil strife and economic conditions in the Middle East, Asia and Africa have dramatically increased the flow of refugees and economic migrants to Europe. As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, a combination of desperation and hope is leading growing numbers of Syrians to attempt an extremely perilous journey toward Europe. Harrowing stories have emerged of death, starvation and abuse at the hands of people smugglers. In 2015 alone, some 2,000 Syrians have drowned in the Mediterranean in their attempt to reach European shores.

    Click here for additional information and to donate.


    I/We pledge to:

    PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God's Creation and protect the poor and the vulnerable.

    LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.

    ASSESS how we - as individuals and in our families, parish, and other affiliations - contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste.

    ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate chanage.

    ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

    GO TO: to take the pledge.

    Click here for additional information on Aid for Women.   

    A Resource Guide for Workers Who
    Seek Justice in the Workplace

    Workers Manual (English)

    Workers Manual (Polish)

    Have you heard of Fair Trade Coffee?

  • Did you know that nearly 25 million people grow coffee?
  • Did you know that coffee costs about 80 cents a pound to grow and most coffee companies pay the growers only 40 to 60 cents a pound?
  • The Fair Trade Label on coffee means that its growers are paid a minumum of $1.26 per pound.
  • Purchasing Fair Trade Coffee enables the growers to support and educate their families because they receive a fair wage which lifts them out of poverty.
  • Purchasing Fair Trade Coffee is more than just donating to the poor, it's enabling the poor to earn a living wage.
  • Please consider purchasing coffee with the Fair Trade Certified Label. For more information contact