Justice Vision Statement


The people of a just parish appreciate and reflect the diversity of our society as part of their vision, and live inclusively as an expression of their mission. They recognize and accept their responsibility to work toward the equality of all people, carrying the Gospel beyond Sunday worship into every aspect of life. In multiple ways, parishioners are invited to break down barriers through conversation and actions that are specific, regular and immediate. In the dynamic of serving others, parishioners are receptive to the mutuality of being served and of learning.

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching isn’t just words, it is action — a way of life. The Peace & Justice Committee at St. Anthony provides ways for parishioners to learn about the issues of our day — such as immigration, death penalty, care for creation — as well as ways to get involved. We write letters to legislators through the Bread for the World Offering of Letters. We provide reusable plates, cups and utensils. We educate ourselves with Faithful Citizenship sessions for November elections.

 

Click for the Precepts of Catholic Social Teaching.

Every day, life brings new challenges to each of us.
At St. Anthony Parish, we are a justice-oriented people who believe
that our faith can guide and strengthen us on our life’s journey.


Ongoing Opportunities

Care for Creation

The Care for Creation team at St. Anthony upholds this teaching of the Church in a variety of ways.

  • Our Green Team provides reusable dinnerware for parish events.
  • The Beyond the Bin program encourages parishioners to recycle objects that cannot go into curbside recycling containers.
  • We participate in the St. France Pledge through the Catholic Climate Covenant.

 

Charitable Giving

The “two feet” of charity and justice guide us in our efforts to effect systemic change while not forgetting the pressing and immediate needs of our brothers and sisters. Each year the Peace & Justice Committee allocates a percentage of the parish collection to agencies locally and nationally.

 

We also support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services, the agencies of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that work for immediate and long-term solutions to poverty in our world.

 

Each year the Peace and Justice Committee oversees the distribution of parish funding to charitable and non-profit organizations on both the local and national level. In addition, they coordinate the yearly Thanksgiving baskets, a Christmas Giving Tree and a monthly food collection in cooperation with MEAC.

 

Here are more organizations who received funds this year.

 

Multi-Cultural Committee

St. Anthony parish truly believes that God created all of us in his image. We not only welcome all races and cultures, we celebrate them. Celebrating diversity is all about relationships, and we gather as one family of many races, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities.

 

Some of the events sponsored by this committee to accomplish these goals are:

  • MLK Sunday Celebration (January)
  • Black History Month (February) activities
  • Black Catholic Family Month (November)
  • Yearly Brunch

 

The committee’s goal is to show the diversity of our cultures by expanding activities to include other cultures in our church and to explore activities outside of the church.

 

Peace and Justice Committee

The Peace & Justice Committee coordinates both education on Catholic Social Teaching and its application to issues facing our world today. The activities include whatever issues are pressing in the world. The committee also allocates the parish tithe to organizations that help promote social justice.

 

Twinning

St. Anthony Parish has been involved in a twinning relationship with Our Lady of Health on the Caribbean island of Dominica since 2003. By this relationship, established through the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, parishioners here in Cincinnati can establish relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Dominica. Through visits and pen pals, we learn about each other.

 

My first trip to Dominica in January 2014 was very inspiring. Highlights include going on communion calls and friendly visits with Fr. Elveau and Ernie Jno-Finn. Very uplifting was the gathering for a special evening Mass with a reception afterwards. Several people touched by the Twinning-Relationship with St. Anthony’s expressed how they want this relationship to last into eternity! Such heart-felt words and gestures of friendship had an impact on me. I want to keep in touch with those I met through prayer and communication and to promote more St. Anthony parishioners to become pen-pals and to visit Dominica.  (Fr. Dave Lemkuhl, Former Pastor)

 

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For more information or to get involved, contact the office at 513/271-0920, ext 10 or office@stanthonychurch.net


St. Anthony Parish, Madisonville
6104 Desmond Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Parish Center/Office: (513) 271-0920
Fax: (513) 271-6630

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