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 Learn the 7 Themes of

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Watch the following videos and read the descriptions for a better understanding of the themes!

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

The Catholic belief in the life and dignity of the human person is the foundation of our moral vision. All life is sacred, and all people must be treated with dignity.

Call to Family, Community, and Participation

Participation in family and community is central to our faith and to a healthy society. From this foundation people participate in society, fostering a community spirit and promoting the well-being of all, especially those who are poor or vulnerable.

Rights and Responsibilities

The Catholic Church teaches that every person has a right to life as well as a right to those things required for human decency. As Catholics, we are responsible for protecting these fundamental human rights in order to achieve a healthy society.

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

As Catholics, we are called to pay special attention to the needs of poor people. We can follow Jesus’ example by making a specific effort to defend and promote the dignity of those who are poor or vulnerable and to meet their immediate material needs.

The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

The Catholic Church teaches that the basic rights of workers must be respected: the right to productive work, to fair wages, and to private property, and the right to organize and join unions and to pursue economic opportunity. Moreover, Catholics believe that the economy is meant to serve people, not the other way around.

Solidarity

Because God is our Father, we are all brothers and sisters with the responsibility to care for one another. This spirit of solidarity unites all people whether they are rich or poor, weak or strong. It also helps to create a society that recognizes that we live in an interdependent world.

Care for God’s Creation

God is the creator of all people and all things, and he wants us to enjoy his creation. We are called to make the moral and ethical choices that protect the ecological balance of creation both locally and worldwide.

Adapted from Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

More resources:

Click here for information for Catholic Relief Services in english and spanish

Click here for in depth descriptions

Click here for information about the themes from the USCCB

RECURSOS PARA LA MISIÓN SOCIAL


Read the Bible

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Read the following Bible verses and the associated sections:

Nehemiah Chapter 1 and Pray It! Section page 547
Nehemiah 2:17-20 and Did you know? Section page 548
Nehemiah Chapter 4 and Live It! Section page 550
Nehemiah Chapter 5 and Catholic Social Teaching Section page 551


HOMEWORK

Answer the following questions and hand them in at the next class session:

1. Write about a cause or issue that you care about. What do you currently do to address that cause?

2. Which of your feet is stronger? 
Charitable works or social justice?

3. Imagine strengthening your weaker foot to address that cause. 
What would that look like?
How would you use your skills?

4. Write down one thing that you can picture yourself doing
in the next month to work towards that cause that you care about!


OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT

Create a mini-poster - using items from newspapers or magazines that represent one of the seven themes of        Catholic social teaching.

Bring your mini-poster to class to receive a prize!

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What do you think God dreams about?

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for a video about dreaming God's dream.

Where dreams come from


Jumping Ahead 

 

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Next month we will be learning about
the importance of Catholic Morality.

LISTEN is an acronym for decision-making process:

  Look for the facts
  Imagine possibilities
  Seek insight beyond your own
  Turn inward
  Expect God's help
  Name your decision


Use the additional information about the LISTEN process on the Parents page to choose a current event that challenges all of us in our decision making. 

Discuss the issue with your parent and use the LISTEN process to make a good moral decision.

 


Photo of the Month

Reflect on this picture and discuss it with your parent.

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How does this image reflect our call to serve?

How does it relate to each of the 2 feet of social justice?

 


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GLOSSARY
Terms for this month Every Person Should Know
Charity
Social Justice
Poverty
Dignity
Solidarity
Vulnerable
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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION OF THE MONTH!
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SAINTS OF THE MONTH
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ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

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