Foster a visible, active and growing culture of Gospel-centric peace and justice within our parish.
The Peace & Social Justice Ministry seeks to help parishioners see the challenges of modern society – poverty, homelessness, immigration, racism, globalization – through the lens of our Catholic faith. Grounded in the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, we seek to live out the Gospel by calling attention to social justice issues, finding ways to work directly with the poor, and advocating for change wherever injustice exists. Key themes of Catholic Social Teaching include:
- Life and dignity of the human person
- Human rights and responsibilities
- Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable
- The dignity of work and rights of workers
- Solidarity beyond borders
- Care for God’s creation
We have some exciting plans for the new year, including a Peace & Social Justice film series, a robust education/advocacy campaign, thought-provoking speakers, a fair-trade market, and a human trafficking event. We invite you to learn more about us and how you can get involved in being the hands of feet of Jesus Christ to the world.
For more information, email Peace.SMCC@gmail.com
Upcoming Local Events:
Fair Trade Market
Fair Trade Market
Sunday, March 3
8 am to 2:30 pm
New Life Center Banquet Room
Purchase with a purpose and help change lives!
Beautiful handmade jewelry, purses, scarves, home goods, and more will be available for purchase from the Marketplace, a Christian nonprofit fair trade store that partners with 87 ministries in 27 countries around the world. Each product represents a life changing journey from hopelessness to empowerment. Fair trade products are ethically sourced, providing fair wages and safe working conditions for artisans while also protecting the environment. Your purchase helps to break the cycle of poverty and support healthy communities. Put your faith into action by purchasing fair trade items just in time for Easter, Mother’s Day, First Communion, and Confirmation!
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Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution
Event to Combat Human Trafficking in Charlotte
Saturday, March 23
9 am to noon
New Life Center
Think human trafficking is not happening in our zip code? Think again. Charlotte ranks eighth in the nation for number of human trafficking cases reported, with girls and boys being groomed and lured online for sex/slavery at malls, shopping centers, sporting events, and other public venues.
Theresa Flores, a 15-year-old from a well-to-do family in a suburban neighborhood, was one of them. Now an author, and international speaker on human trafficking, Flores will talk about the problem, share her personal story, and provide practical ways to combat this evil at a Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) event on Saturday, March 23, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Participants of all ages are invited to help label bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to be delivered to area hotels and other known trafficking spots in Charlotte.
Flores is author of The Slave Across the Street and The Sacred Bath. She has been featured on The 700 Club, The Today Show, and MSNBC’s Sex Slaves-The Teen Trade. She has also been featured on Nightline, America’s Most Wanted, and For the Record as a sex slave survivor. For more information about Flores and her work, visit www. TraffickFree.com.
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, call 911 right away and do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
This event is sponsored by the Peace & Social Justice Ministry. Contact us at Peace.SMCC@gmail.com
To volunteer or ask a question, contact Michael Burck.
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