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The Holy Family Social Action team uses Catholic Social Teaching as a guide while creating opportunities for advocacy, organizing, solidarity and charity.  The main focus of the team is on immigration and poverty.  The team looks for opportunities to collaborate with other churches and community groups to broaden our efforts.

The Social Action Team core group meets every two months to discuss the opportunities that have been presented to the parish, to prioritize activities, and to coordinate events.  

Members of the team who aren't interested in being a part of the core group but who want to remain actively involved and informed can join our mailing list by contacting Sister Tracy Kemme at

If you are interested in coming to a core team meeting to see if you want to become more involved contact Sister Tracy Kemme at


Contributed by Sister Patricia Wittberg, S.C.

November was Black Catholic History Month. In honor of this, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, DC, has written a new pastoral letter: “The Challenge of Racism Today.” In this, he echoes the words of our last three popes and numerous bishops, who have all taught that racism is a sin. As St. John Paul II bluntly said in 2001: “Racism is a sin that constitutes a serious offense against God.” This sin affects every nation’s history, whenever its citizens and leaders allow the marginalization of indigenous people, newcomers, or whoever is “different.” But the cardinal noted that, “in our homeland, the most profound and extensive evidence of racism lies in the sin of centuries of human trafficking, enslavement, segregation and the lingering effects experienced by African-American men, women, and children.”

The Budget

Contributed by:Sister Patricia Wittberg, S.C.

Within the next two weeks, Congress must pass a budget outlining how the revenue the government receives from our taxes will be allocated. This budget is a moral document. It determines how much money – if any – will be used to fund everything from the National Institutes of Health to the Pentagon, from rural health programs to foreign military aid. 

Tax Reform

Contributed by Sister Patricia Wittberg, S.C.

In 1986, the U.S. bishops wrote a pastoral letter, “Economic Justice for All.” In it, they said that any country’s tax system should follow three principles: 1.) it should be “continually evaluated in terms of its impact on the poor,” 2.) it should raise “adequate revenues” to pay for society’s needs, and 3.) it should be “progressive” – meaning that wealthier taxpayers pay higher tax rates and families living below the poverty line do not pay taxes at all.

The Environment

Contributed by Sister Patricia Wittberg, S.C.

Last year, Pope Francis wrote an encyclical on the environment, beginning with the beautiful “Laudato Si” of St. Francis of Assisi, the oldest poem in the Italian language. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.”  


Contributed by Sister Patricia Wittberg, S.C.

At the Last Judgment, Jesus says, He will invite into heaven those who welcomed him in every stranger they met: “As long as you did this to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to Me.” (Mt. 25:35) Christ Himself was a stranger, a refugee, as a small child, taken to Egypt by his parents to be safe from Herod.  
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