We are one body, the Church, and we have heard your voices!
The Parish Outreach Listening Campaign began the weekend of September 6/7 2014 with the commissioning of the 19 trained Parish Listeners at all the Sunday Masses. On Saturday, October 25 they concluded the Parish Listening Campaign when the Outreach Team gathered to summarize and prioritize the information gathered from 134 one-on-one conversations with parishioners and staff.
The MISSION of Social Ministry is “to care in love for the poor” and “to work for the elimination of violence and injustice in the world” as is highlighted by these two quotes:
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” — Matthew 23:35-36
“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.”
— Second General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, on the theme, ‘Justice in the World’, November 1971
The SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE (SMC) promotes information and an awareness of the Catholic Social Teachings of the Gospel. The committee enables parishioners to respond to the Gospel challenges of justice, peace, Consistent Life Ethics and compassion. This may take place through direct service, special events, consciousness-raising activities, or by providing information to advocate on contemporary issues when there is a need for a prophetic and active Christian response from the parish.
- SMC Result/Outlook Calendar 2019
- “Social Ministry at Peace of Christ” Newsletters before Aug 23 2014. After Aug 23 2014: Published via MailChimp.com
- “SALT and LIGHT” published by the Catholic Family Center Office of Advocacy & Parish Social Ministry
- SMC Meeting Minutes Archive
- Catholic Social Teachings (8 Basic Principles)
- Educational web Links of interest for Social Ministry and Peace and Justice Committees – For Educational Information ONLY – Not an endorsement by the Committees or Parish.
- Catholic Family Center (CFC) At a Glance with CALLING GUIDE Providing comprehensive and coordinated services all serving one mission: to help people – especially the vulnerable and those facing poverty – achieve their full human potential.
Chairperson: Marty Moynihan
The ROLE of the SMC is: to be rooted in prayer, Scripture and the tradition of the Church; to pray; to help all members of Peace of Christ (POC) understand social concerns as an active part of living the Gospel; to serve POC as educators and catalysts as well as ‘doers’ of social concern; to identify, organize, recruit and communicate in ways that help the development of POC’s social conscience and action; and finally to develop a sense of community within the Committee that is both supporting and challenging.
Under the “ACCOUNTABILITY UMBRELLA” of the Social Ministry Committee, all parishioners at Peace of Christ are enabled to respond to the Gospel challenges of justice, peace, Consistent Life Ethics and compassion through our FOCUSED MINISTRIES at Peace of Christ Parish:
1. Clothing and Shelter Ministry – focuses on parishioners and others needing comfort through difficulty times in their lives.
2. Comfort with Love Ministry – focuses on parishioners and others needing comfort through difficult times in their lives.
- Prayer Shawl Committee (PSC)
3. Haitian Outreach Ministry – supports the parish’s engagement with the St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Borgne, Haiti, providing assistance where we can. Includes working with the local H.O.P.E organization.
4. Healthcare Ministry – Advocacy for healthcare support issues and concerns.
5. Human Rights & Development Ministry – participants respond to the Gospel challenges of peace and justice through support of local and global rights organizations, ideals, and advocacy activities.
- Peace and Justice Committee (PJC)
- W.E.A.V.E. Committee (Women Empowered Against Violence Everywhere)
- Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society (Roc/ACTS) — POC is a founding Board member
6. Hunger & Harvest Ministry – focused on world and local hunger, poverty and the plight of the Farm Workers/ Immigrant. Effort includes food collection, Fair Trade Coffee, Christmas Baskets, Operation Rice Bowl and support of local soup kitchens and emergency food cupboards.
7. Neighborhood Ministry – this committee works to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with those residing within the parish boundaries; working with the residents of our neighborhood to promote dignity, respect and a high quality of life; and establish a working relationship with government, volunteer, business and church organizations with similar goals.
- Neighborhood Committee (NC)
8. Prison Ministry – support local in-prison, spiritual and self-help programs that lead to improving the lives of incarcerated men, women and adolescents as they work towards their successful transitioning from incarceration into the community.
- Residents Encounter Christ (REC) Retreat Committee
- Prison Ministry of Upstate NY
- Fully Alive Retreats – Albion Correctional Facility is a Medium Security Women’s State prison located west of Rochester. There are a number of Peace of Christ volunteers, who help present Catholic ” Fully Alive” retreats; four times a year to the inmates. We also visit throughout the year, to support the women in other activities.
If anyone would like more information about our efforts to bring the love of Christ to these women, please contact Eileen Kay at 585-233-0874.
9. Respect Life Ministry – support Consistent Life Ethics and compassion from conception through Aging. This involves support for the Parish’s “Pledge for Life” Diocesan commitment, Parish awareness of End-of-Life Care, and advocating the moratorium on the Death Penalty. October is Diocese’s Respect Life Month.
For changes to the Social Ministry web pages regarding any content updates, suggestions, or corrections, please email "> or contact the Social Ministry Committee through the POC parish office.