Sunday, June 17, 2007

Summer is Here!

Welcome to the Summer edition of the online justice newsletter, Faith Doing Justice!!

There is much to celebrate as we look back to the past year, and yet much work yet to be done! As a Catholic community, we have joined other dioceses in the state and nation to advocate and pray for comprehensive immigration reform. We have also been privileged to work in partnership with many interfaith and grassroots organizations to struggle for the rights of immigrants and the poor. We've joined in the fight against assisted suicide in California...focused phone calls made a difference. And we have had a very successful Lobby Day with 42 advocates speaking with legislators on behalf of the poor and voiceless.

Looking ahead, there are several opportunities offered for parish and community leaders, including an 8-session course in Social Justice at the ILM and a multi-diocesan Faith Formation Conference in September. Catholic Charities is starting a new Just Faith II process. Check it out!

Personally, I have had many blessings...last January, I had the opportunity to travel to Tanzania with CRS to see the wonderful work they are doing in this country. I am forever grateful for the experience. I have included an article about a wonderful, inspiring woman I met while there. Last month, I was able to accompany several city leaders including the San Jose mayor to visit and pray over the grave of Cesar Chavez. I prayed for all of us...that we will have the courage and strength to continue to work for justice and the rights of all.

In the newsletter, you will find many opportunities to be involved and resources to learn more.

Many Blessings, Linda

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