Social Justice

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Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith.  It is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity.  Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment.

Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist.  We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice.

---from Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions. www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings

The Ongoing Work We Do...

If you would like to help out with any of the projects, please call the Rectory so that the chair of the Social Justice Committee can contact you with more information.

Dinner with a Cause:  Every October and April the committee hosts a simple supper and invites a non-profit agency in to talk about their mission.

Operation Christmas Child:  In September and October, boxes are handed out to parishioners.  The filled boxes are collected and then taken to the distribution center.

Thanksgiving Day Food Collection:  Food is collected during the week of Thanksgiving and donated to Neighbor to Neighbor.

Christmas Gift Delivery:  Gifts that have been returned from the giving tree need to be delivered to a location in Bridgeport on a Sunday before Christmas.

Winter Food Collection:  Food is collected for New Covenant Center.  Bags need to be prepared and distributed.  Help is needed getting the filled bags to the center.

H2O Project:  In 2020, the Social Justice Committee and the confirmation students joined to challenge parishioners with the H2O Project during the first two weeks of Lent.

Lenten Giving Calendar:  The committee contributes toward the Lenten Giving Calendar that is distributed to all parishioners.

The Undies Project:  In May, we coordinate a collection of new underwear for the Undies Project.  The day is called Undies Sunday

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St. Catherine's Social Justice Team in the News. . .

Prayer Service for Children at the Border Inspires Action
On September 11, St. Catherine's Social Justice Committee held a Prayer Service for Children at the Border in the Chapel.  Many participants in the service have asked for steps that they could take to help solve the situation.  Click here for our top suggestions.

Zero Waste Dinner Raises Funds for Local Nutrition Program
On April 26, Thomas McQuillan, Director of Food Service Sales and Sustainability at Baldor Specialty Foods, worked with Greenwich community members and businesses to organize America’s first-ever zero-waste fundraising dinner. The event took place at St. Catherine of Siena Church.  The dinner, prepared by local area celebrity chefs, was 100% waste-free, with every component, from cookware to table centerpieces, being either digestible or otherwise capable of being repurposed.  There were 300 guests in attendance.

The dinner raised awareness about food waste within the community, and collected over $50k in donations to benefit important local nutrition programs:  Cos Cob’s Kids in Crisis and Bridgeport’s Wholesome Wave.  Read full article

Click here for a video glimpse of the full-house Zero Waste event!

Zero Waste Dinner Group