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 Social Ministry

The Office for Pro Life and Social Ministry was formed to encourage people to address both immediate social and community needs in their areas, and to work to build a just and peaceful society. The parish is truly Catholic when it proclaims the Gospel, lives through service to others, as well as when each member of the faith community reflects on Catholic social teaching and puts that teaching into practice.

 Advocacy Network Development

IMG_5576.JPGThe goal of social ministry is to help the people of our region use their knowledge and skills to assess the immediate needs of their neighbors, to respond in effective ways, and to work to change structures that keep people in impoverished situations. The Office for Pro-Life and Social Ministry encourages people to work together to build a just and peaceful society by addressing both immediate community concerns and long range social improvements.

Community leaders are encouraged to take advantage of the following programs:

  1. Leadership training for the development of planning, organizational, and communication skills.
  2. Legislative education and advocacy training to develop networks of informed leaders who work together to promote just legislation.
  3. Initial ministry formation for those who are beginning a ministry to the bereaved, the elderly, the homebound, persons with disabilities, refugees, or other persons in need.
  4. Ongoing formation to those already involved in ministry with the provision of regional or diocesan workshops, information presentations, or evenings of reflection.

For additional information, please contact Mary Ellen Pellegrino, director of pro life and social ministry, at 724-552-2605.

 Workshop Topics

The following is a list of workshop topics, which is not all inclusive. Community leaders are invited to collaborate with the social ministry office in planning workshops tailored to meet their needs.

  • Bereavement Ministry
  • Crisis Pregnancy Program
  • Fertility Technology
  • Poverty Issues: Food, Clothing, or Furniture Collections and Shelter Projects
  • Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Medical Decisions Documents
  • Ministry with People with Disabilities
  • Post Abortion Ministry/Project Rachel
  • Social Advocacy
  • Senior Enrichment
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