Saskatoon RC Diocese

Social Justice Contact

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Myron Rogal, Coordinator 
306-659-5841 or toll free: 1-877-661-5005 Extension 841,
E-mail:vocations [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com
Carol Zubiak: Chair of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission
E-mail:justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com

 

Back left to right.
Richard Medernach, (Development and Peace), Myron Rogal, (Office Coordinator), Carol Zubiak, (Commission Chair), Bishop Donald Bolen, Blake Sittler, (Co director of Pastoral Services), Michael McLean, (STM), Eileen Bear, (Future Generations), Sr. Ludvina Sheck, (Seniors well being), Fr. Jon Hansen CSsR, (Westside Pastors and Inner City Council of Churches), Owen Fortosky, (Welcoming newcomers, food security, housing), Sean O'Connor, (KAIROS)

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Connie Crichton, (CWL), Mary Deutscher, (Pro-Life), Michael Murphy, (S'toon Peace Coalition), Mildred Kerr, (Equal Justice For ALL), Ellen Erickson, (Office of Migration), Sr. Judy Schachtel, (environment), Fr. Andre Poilieve, (Str8Up).

 

Justice and Peace theme "poverty" for upcoming year in parishes

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski

SASKATOON - Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi "the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man" -Pope Francis recently said that he longed for a poor church that would serve the poor.

In that same spirit, poverty will be the theme of reflection, resources and enrichment offered in the upcoming ministry year by the Justice and Peace Commission in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, in collaboration with Parish Pastoral Councils.

"We want to encourage parishes to reflect on the question 'what does it mean to be a poor church, for the poor?'" said Myron Rogal, coordinator of the diocesan Office for Justice and Peace

Beginning in the fall, Parish Pastoral Councils will be invited to take time each month to reflect on different aspects of poverty, with a model of prayer and reflection provided, along with additional resources, such as texts and encyclicals posted online, Rogal explained.

The first half of the ministry year will focus on enriching understanding and reflecting on poverty and justice issues, while the second half will encourage concrete action in faith communities across the diocese. Parishes will be encouraged to share ideas and information about their initiatives, and pray for each other's efforts, Rogal said.

"Parishes may already be engaged in addressing poverty, but we hope to deepen our reflections together, and work at seeing issues with a justice lens," he explained, stressing that this is not just a matter for parish justice and peace committees, but for the entire parish, beginning with Parish Pastoral Councils, who are the "heart of a parish."

Collaboration and flexibility are built into the model, which is proposed as an alternative to a one-day workshop, he said. "We are all each other's best resources," Rogal asserted. "We can walk together every step of the way. We want to hear what parishes are doing, we want to nurture that, and celebrate it."

"If we step outside of ourselves, we will find poverty," Pope Francis said in address May 18 in Rome, repeating his call for the church to seek out those who need help. "Today, and it breaks my heart to say it, finding a homeless person who has died of cold is not news. Today, the news is scandals, that is news, but the many children who don't have food – that's not news. This is grave. We can't rest easy while things are this way."

Finding ways for parishes to answer that gospel call to walk with the poor is a timely and worthwhile endeavour, said Rogal. "Let's work to be that 'poor church, for the poor' that the Holy Father is speaking about."

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