From Our Ministry Team
From Our Faith Formation Coordinator, Ms. Rebecca Mesa
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Catholic Faith, Life, & Creed │ Catholic Social Teachings │ 2.0 – Part I
How we live and act as a Catholic Christian is defined by theological principles.
- Principles lead to action.
- Principled people know what they believe and are willing to stand by it.
- The US Bishops document, “Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions” defines the principles upon which
Catholic social teaching is based—principles that include family, religious, social, political, technological, recreational and cultural issues.
Overview of Catholic Social Teaching
- Catholic social teaching—reflects Church’s social mission and are rooted in biblical values.
- All are called to work to eliminate the effect of poverty
- Jesus calls us to this mission.
- All are called to bring the healing hand of Christ to those in need
The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family Life, Community, and Participation in both Family and Community
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable (The needs of the poor and vulnerable come first and deserve our preferential response)
- Dignity of Work & The Rights of Workers
- Solidarity (We are one human family and must work for peace and justice for every person)
- Care for God’s Creation
CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME
There’s an old saying that goes, “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Maybe you have been away from the Church for a little while or for quite some time, but now you feel a tug at your heart calling you back to the Catholic Church. Listen to that tug. It’s your Heavenly Father reaching his arms out to you, the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear, hoping to draw you home.
We hope you accept this as your invitation to rediscover the truth, wonder and mystery of the Catholic faith. As your brothers and sisters in our worldwide Catholic family, we want you back. We’ve missed you, and our
Church is not the same without you. Regardless of why you left or got out of the habit of going to Mass,
you can always come home and return to the practice of the sacraments and the fullness of relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church he founded. We are Catholic. Welcome home.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process in which adults become full, participating members of the Catholic Church. Participants, known as catechumens, go through a process of studying the Gospel, nurturing their relationship with God, becoming familiar with the Catholic teachings and practices, professing their faith in Jesus and the Church, and receiving the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. Our group meets at 12 noon, following the 10:30 am mass on Sunday, and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Please contact Jay Mitchell, RCIA Team Leader at the Parish office or RCIAstaugustineinfo@gmail.com for more information.
FAMILY FAITH FORMATION: All families with children between the ages of 5 to 12 are encouraged to participate in Faith Formation. Classes are held on Sunday morning, from 9:10 am to 10:10 am. Please contact the Parish office for more information.
Please visit our Social Justice page to read our weekly column, Joy of the Gospel: Social Justice Corner. For more information about any of our projects and ministries, please contact the Parish Office at (510) 653-8631 or email the Parish Office