Social Justice

The Office of Social Justice Ministries is integrated into the Social Justice Service Area of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen – directly providing related social services to the poor and vulnerable in our midst. The Office also partners with other diocesan offices, clergy & religious, parish communities, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, and all people of good will in advocating for and promoting the implementation of the Catholic Social Teachings throughout the Diocese of Metuchen.

The Office of Social Justice Ministries strives to effect positive changes at the basic cause level, in order to make lasting change, assure basic human needs, prevent unnecessary suffering, and to uphold human dignity. 

Some of the areas of ministry are:  Poverty Alleviation, Community Organizing, Development & Neighborhood Revitalization, Immigration Services & Justice for Immigrants, Parish Social Ministry, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Global Solidarity, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Public Policy Advocacy.

Bishop James F. Checchio joins Pope Francis in reaching out to migrants and refugees. #ShareJourney                                                - Erin Friedlander, photo

On Sept. 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched a Global Migration Campaign to support our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign seeks to promote a “culture of encounter” and aims to increase opportunities for migrants and communities to come together and learn about each other. Learn more: https://www.sharejourney.org/

EVENTS

Oct. 7 – 13: Week of Prayer and Action
As part of the campaign, a week of prayer and action will take place Oct. 7-13, 2017 across the United States and, so, our local Church is preparing to participate in this global initiative. During that week, we are planning to hold a prayer service in Perth Amboy and Deacon Peter Barcellona, one of our permanent deacons who serves as associate director of our local Catholic Charities Solidarity Team, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. with members of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Global Fellows Network to visit Capitol Hill, where they will meet with legislators and lobby in support of DACA.
Oct. 10: All are invited to attend a Prayer Service for the "Share the Journey" Global Migration Campaign on Oct. 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish's Holy Trinity Church, 315 Lawrie Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861.
During the Church's worldwide Week of Prayer and Action October 7-13, members of our local Church will gather with our migrant brothers and sisters and our DACA youth in prayer and solidarity. 
For information, e-mail mostholynameofjesus@gmail.com or visit http://mostholynameofjesus.org.
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Oct. 19: Harvest of Hope Dinner
In celebration of the work of our local CRS and Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) programs, we will hold our Annual Harvest of Hope Dinner in October, where CRS’ Joan Rosenhauer will address the topic of Global Migration. To reserve your tickets, visit

Jan. 9: Prayer Service for the "Share the Journey" Global Migration Campaign

All clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen are invited to attend a Prayer Service for the "Share the Journey" Global Migration Campaign on Wednesday, January 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 34 Yorktown Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. The prayer service will be held during National Migration Week 2019, January 6-12, during which members of our local Church will gather with our migrant brothers and sisters in prayer and solidarity. For more information, contact Suzanne Kral at skral@stjosephsparish.com.

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