Catholic Social Teaching

We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, work for justice. The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.

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Take Action

  • Volunteer to help care for Immigrants and Refugees at Catholic Charities
  • Join the Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force to help bring awareness to the horrors of modern-day slavery which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.
  • Encounter Lent with by supporting the annual Rice Bowl from Catholic Relief Services through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Donations support hunger globally and locally (25% stays within the Diocese of Orlando).
  • Students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the annual Campaign for Human Development Multi-Media Art Contest
  • Donate to the Annual CCHD Collection to support community organizations grants
  • Support the Solidarity Fund for the Catholic Church in Africa. Through a grant from the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa (SFCA), the Naomi Center in Kisantu can provide more vocational training and faith formation for young migrants and illiterate mothers.
  • Support the Justice for Immigrants Campaign.  The JFI campaign objective is to educate the public about the Church teaching on migration and immigrants, create politica will for positive immgration reform, and to enact legislativeand administrative reforms for migrants and immigrants.  
  •  CRS Ethical Trade helps people to act on their faith and values through practicing ethical purchasing grounded in Catholic social teaching with a global focus. CRS Ethical Trade partners with companies and organizations that treat workers fairly, invest in the communities where they produce, and promote environmental stewardship through their business practices. Find information and resources about fair and ethically traded products, learn about news in the ethical trade movement, and participate in opportunities to champion a more just workplace for the most vulnerable producers. 

How can you encounter Lent?

We are called to build a culture of encounter. Lent is our time to encounter, to cultivate a spirit of global solidarity. CRS Rice Bowl is our tool, Catholic Relief Services‘ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities, a vehicle through which the stories of communities around the world can be shared, an invitation through which our prayers and Lenten sacrifices can change lives. CRS Rice Bowl is a 40-day journey, a journey of encounter with ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

  • Prayer – we encounter Christ, present in the faces of every member of our human family, so often still walking that long road to Calvary.
  • Fasting – we encounter our own obstacles, those things about ourselves that prevent us from loving God and neighbor.
  • Almsgiving – we encounter our brothers and sisters around the world, asking what we can give up so that others might have life to the fullest.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is an instrument of the Catholic Church working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, “… to bring good news to the poor … release to captives … sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18). It is “the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.” – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Each year, CCHD hosts a Multimedia Youth Contest to engage young people in grades 7-12 in learning about poverty in the U.S., its root causes, and faith-inspired efforts to address poverty, especially through CCHD.

In 2016, students in the Diocese of Orlando won second place in the 7-9th Grade Category for their piece called “Roots of Poverty” created by eighth graders Isabella Mendez, Regan Ritchey and Laysha Santillan-Perez from St. James Cathedral School. Their teacher was Ms. Susan Fay.