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Peace and Justice Allies

The Peace and Justice Allies ministry began forming in 2020 as a way for parishioners to bring the social teachings of the Catholic Church to the community and world around us.  Chances are people already know what it means to be an ally for someone, standing with another who may not be able to stand by themselves.  Our allies ministry provides ways for us to stand with people in our community who need our support and friendship. 

There are currently working groups focused on three areas of justice ministry:

1. Respect for all life from conception to natural death, especially life in a mother’s womb

2. Racial and Ethnic Inclusion, with a special focus on anti-racism

3. Outreach and support to LGBTQ persons and their families.   

More working groups will form as people join and express interests in other areas (such as the environment, immigration issues, refugees, and criminal justice issues).  There is also an Allies Core Team that provides coordination and leadership for the larger group of allies.  The large group of allies meets quarterly.  The working groups meet more frequently to discuss issues and plan activities. 

Contact

Father John Regan at 815-436-2651, Ext. 802 or jregan@smip.org

Prison Pen Pal/Restorative Justice

Our goal is to exemplify the corporal and spiritual works of mercy by: 

  • Visiting the imprisoned through a correspondence ministry
  • Promoting forgiveness and mercy
  • Advocating for criminal jusitce and prison reform

Contact

Debbie Jaffray at 630.638.0332

Reverence for Life

The focus of this ministry is to address social justice issues with a core focus on abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment. This ministry will promote the “Gospel of Life” through prayerful ministry on the individual, family, community, state, and national    levels. We pray the Rosary for Life on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the North Wing Our Lady of Fatima Room from 6:15-7:45 p.m.  We pray at the abortion clinic in Aurora on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Contact

Don Hrdlicka at 630.415.6603 or pharmdon@hotmail.com or Bill Gallagher at 815.609.9148 or gallagher121@att.net