WHY PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY?
Social Ministry is one of three inseparable elements of being Catholic (cf. Pope Benedict; along with celebrating the sacraments and proclaiming the word of God).
Like Sacramental preparation and the Liturgy Ministry, Parish Social Ministry moves from being the responsibility of a few to shining a light on our faith for the entire parish.
TOOLS FOR YOUR PARISH MINISTRY
We are Salt & Light: an online resource hub from USCCB designed to help communities assess and strengthen this expression of social missionary discipleship. http://www.wearesaltandlight.org/
St. Francis, Pope Francis and the American Catholic Church: An inspiring message from Jack Jezreel to share with your felow parishioners in social ministry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTwKYOdNf1g
Just Faith: Offers a variety of faith formation and catechesis programs on the social doctrine of the Catholic Church. www.justfaith.org
Windshield Survey: Determining parish needs begins with understanding who lives within your parish boundaries, what their needs are and what services exist to help meet their needs. The windshield survey is an important tool for making these initial assessments.
One to One Guide: From the Franciscan Action Network, this guide may help you prepare for one on one discussions vital to relationship building.