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The Justice and Peace Committee has changed its name to the Justice, Peace and Social Ministry to conform to the Diocese of Richmond document entitled, We Walk By Faith, which is geared to provide uniformity and to assist parishes to renew their efforts at supporting the faith lives of the people. The document asserts that "The role of the justice and peace/social ministry in parishes… is to bring the vision of the just and peaceable Reign of God to life in the daily activities of the faith community and its members."

Why should OLPH be involved in Social Ministry?

Being a responsible disciple is what our OLPH mission statement asks of us. We are to follow Jesus. We are to accept the responsibilities of today as contextual dimensions of our belief. Concern for social and cultural affairs is a concern for everyone's salvation. We accept this responsibility for one another, both at home and globally. What was Jesus' message: The Gospel calls it "the kingdom of God" or the "reign of God". Every Liturgy by proclaiming the message should lead to service. At the end of every liturgy, the congregation is told to either "go and serve or strengthen the reign of God." We cannot fully grasp what this kingdom is however it manifests itself in words, deeds, events, and signs. We were invited to participate in bringing about the kingdom. By performing acts of love, justice, and peace we allow God's kingdom to be present. This kingdom comes in word and deed.

Catholic Social Teaching


This slide presentation on Catholic Social Teaching provides a key to our Catholic identity.

We will be posting a Catholic social teaching module on this web site monthly. The goal is to link Catholic social teaching to:

  1. Days of Justice and Peace - special social action days or observances
  2. Church documents that address these terms
  3. OLPH ministries that "live" these social issues and allow parishioners to participate in one or more of the following kinds of social action:
    1. Service - performing a personal service for a worthy cause or a person in need
    2. Advocacy - writing letters or making phone calls to public officials and the media. Participating in public meetings
    3. Witness - participating in a march, walk, or vigil
    4. Financial Support - giving money or items of value to a worthy cause or a person in need
    5. Organizing - performing the managerial and administrative tasks that sustain social justice organizations and committees
    6. Education - teaching and learning about public issues and social action
    7. Inspiration - connecting religious faith to social action by study, reflection, and prayer.

OLPH Ministries

Family Crisis Ministry

Aid people in need who call our parish for help. Click to view the Domestic Violence Awareness slide presentation.

Contact: Parish Staff, 387-0491

Family Promise

Assist homeless families, who stay at the church for one week every 2-3 months, by filling the following roles: assisting in set-up, providing evening meals, serving as an evening host or overnight host, helping to clean up, transporting the Family Promise trailer (need special trailer hitch); and providing donations of food and supplies for guests as well as donating materials to entertain children (game machine, games and videos).

Contact persons: Pat & Theresa Lewis, 389-2084; Standard Operating Procedures

Haiti Twinning Ministry

Plan and implement projects with our twinned parish in Haiti. Assist in education, raising funds, and planning trips to Haiti. Increase awareness of social justice issues and help in the Lenten Rice and Beans Bowl collections for our sister community. Click to learn more about the Haiti Twinning project.

Contact person: Tom Fame, 389-3577

Prison Ministry: Education, Service

Visit and/or send letters to incarcerated inmates at various prisons in the area. Collect and distribute reading material. Plan and implement initiatives to aid inmates in the Salem jail. Life, for most inmates, has not been very fair. We can make a huge impact just by letting them know that someone cares.

Contact person: Paul Wyar, 591-9994

Respect Life: Advocacy, Financial Support, Inspiration, Witness

Participate in pro-life education, pastoral care, prayer and public advocacy programs. Sustain the Gift of Life Foundation to raise funds to place billboards or TV ads in the Roanoke Valley with pro-life messages. Support the quarterly baby clothes and diapers collection, the spiritual adoption of the unborn child & Pro-Life Sunday events. Promote the Catholic position of opposition to capital punishment. FACTS EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW ... is a collection of information about the death penalty.

Contact person(s): Christine Johnson (540)380-3136; Standard Operating Procedures

Rosary Makers

Pray and make rosaries (in your home) for distribution to Haiti, the military, Pastoral Care, the VA Medical Center, prisons, etc. Training and supplies are provided.

Contact person: Tresa Clarke, 389-2831

St. Francis House

Participate in community and parish food collections. Distribute and pick up bags for groceries after Masses (monthly). Volunteer at the Saint Francis House food pantry.

Contact person: Bob Murdock, 989-8693; Standard Operating Procedures


Ministry Update/Annual Report

View the ministry's May, 2005 Update and Annual Report.

March for Life, 2005

48 hardy souls braved the cold and weather to participate in the 2005 March for Life in Washington, DC.

Practicing Justice Daily

Learn how you can practice justice every day of your life!