Monday, August 27, 2007

Parish Social Ministry Formation Opportunities - Fall 2007

Renewing the Church

This fall, there will be several new opportunities for learning and formation in Parish Social Ministry. We are still taking sign-ups, but time is limited. Let us hear from you!

JustFaith – a school year curriculum on the connection of Christian faith and practicing our faith for small groups of adults to follow with guides for prayer, reading, videos, guest speakers, and meetings with the poor. Similar to the RENEW or Faith Sharing group experience, participants grow in knowledge and community. Catholic and ecumenical versions available. Host this in your parish or join with others in your neighborhood or deanery.

Charity and Justice: Catholic Social Teaching, ILM class (open enrollment) – an eight week class on current issues such as affordable housing, environment, access to health care and their relationship to our faith tradition of valuing human dignity, being stewards of creation, sharing rights and responsibilities, and working for the common good. Each class will have a guest speaker and time for making the connections with our gospel values. Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:30 PM, at St. Lawrence Academy, Santa Clara.

JustFaith II, Skills for Parish Social Ministry - Support the Diocesan Pastoral Plan with this skill building training. There are twenty weekly sessions with practical applications for promoting justice education, dialogue, social analysis, conflict resolution, legislative advocacy and more. Learn how to put your parish mission of outreach to the poor into action in a more organized, communal and sustainable social ministry.

For more information contact Elizabeth Lilly, 408 325-5262 or For the 8 week class, contact either Elizabeth or Linda Batton, 408 983- 0158,

Click here for flyers and registration forms for Charity and Justice: Catholic Social Teaching and Just Faith II: Skills for Social Ministry.


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