"Matthew 25", the social justice newsletter of St. Mary’s, is published as a full page insert in the Sunday parish bulletin usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Each
month Matthew 25 brings a social justice issue viewed from the perspective of the Catholic Social Teaching, helping us to get informed, reflect and act. Our bishops taught us that “we cannot be called truly Catholic unless we hear and heed the Church’s call to serve those in need and work for justice and peace”. (U.S. Bishops, 1993)
October 2016 - Mental Illness:
Mental illness affects us all. One in five Americans is suffering from mental disorder, and many more are affected theough those suffering from it. Unfortunately, mental illness and mental health care are mostly only discussed in tragic times. It is important to explore how mental illness affects us, and then how we might build an understanding and supportive community.
September 2016 - Called to Mission:
Pope Francis reminds us in Evangelii Gaudium that “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples. This issue of Matthew 25 explores our call to mission and the life changing experiences of students who went to the St. Mary’s Mission Trips in spring 2016.
August 2016 - Protect Children, Protect the Future:
Pope Francis had often drawn attention to the plight of children victims of violence and abuse. In this issue of Matthew 25, we are looking at some of the violence and abuse children are subjected in the world as well as in our country, and how can each one of us make a difference.
July 2016 - You Shall Not Kill: Pope Francis reminded us last Septmeber that a
ll Christians and people of good will are called today to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty, but also to improve the conditions of life in prison, in respect of human dignity of persons deprived of liberty.”
June 2016 - Fortnight for Freedom - Witnesses to Freedom: The theme for this year’s Fortnight is “Witnesses to Freedom.” The Conference is lifting up for reflection the stories of 14
women and men - one for each day - who bear witness to freedom in Christ, such as Bl. Oscar Romero, Ven. Henriette Delille, and the Coptic Christians who were killed by ISIS last year.
April 2016 - Water is Life: Water is the foundation for life. Access to water sources that are safe and reliable is crucial for the health and prosperity of a society. Lack of access to clean water and basic
sanitation are undermining efforts to end extreme poverty and disease in the world’s poorest countries.
March 2016 - Rights to an Education: People living in poverty see access to education, job training, child care, and transportation as the main obstacles for them to be able to provide for their families. In this issue of Matthew 25 we focus on education as a way out of poverty.
February 2016 - Works of Mercy:
The Pope wrote in His Lenten message for this year: “For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favorable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practicing the works of mercy."
December 2015 - Blessed are the Peacemakers:
This issue of Matthew 25 is exploring why we should overcome inaction and indifference in order to work toward peace and respect for the lives and dignity of all people.
November 2015 - Fair Trade and the Environment:
Are Fair Trade products really environmentally friendly? This is a question that many people who care about the environment are asking. This issue of Matthew 25 explores the impact of Fair Trade on the environment.
October 2015 - The Great Migration, In Search of a Better Life: this issue reports on the serious concerns expressed by Pope Francis and the US Bishops for the
political and humanitarian crisis in Syria.
September 2015 - Called to be Missionaries:
In this issue, you can read about the experience of some of these Aggie Catholics and learn how you can respond to the call to be missionaries.
August 2015 - The Christian Family, a Vital Cell of Society
: Through work, the family is cared for and children are provided with a dignified life. So too the common good is served, as witnessed by the example of so many fathers and mothers who teach their children the value of work for family life and society. When we engage in work, we share in creation by caring for the earth and cultivating it.
July 2015 - Care for Our Common Home:
Praise be to you, my Lord
.” These are the words that open Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and care for God’s creation. Pope Francis addresses
to “every person on the planet,” for we all share a common home—the earth. Each of us are called to take concrete steps – from reducing consumption to working for political change – to better care for creation.
June 2015 - Fortnight for Freedom:
The US Bishops calls us to a Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness taking place from June 21 to July 4, 2015. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel. Read about the current threats to religious freedom here in the US and abroad.
May 2015 - The Dignity of Work:
Pope Francis reminded us that work is fundamental for the dignity of the person. This issue of Matthew 25 focuses on the rights of workers to decent and fair wages.
April 2015: Care for God's Creation:
In this month issue of Matthew 25 we are previewing Pope Francis encyclical about Care for God’s Creation coming up this summer and the connection between care of creation and care for the poor.
March 2015: Food, Farming and Hunger:
Hunger is not inevitable. The world produces more food than at any time in history. Yet one in eight people go to bed hungry every night.There is a growing recognition that empowering small-scale farmers is essential to fighting poverty, hunger, and food insecurity. Read in this issue how empowering small farmers can help in the fight against poverty and hunger in the world.
Matthew 25 - Caring for Each Other to the End of Our Days
: Advances in medical science have made it possible to extend life, even for those with incurable illnesses. How we deal with persons in the last stages of life represent some of our most challenging moral decisions. How are we supposed to respect the dignity of the human person unto death is the topic of this month issue of Matthew 25.
No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters
: For the 2015 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis challenges all of us to recognize every other person as a brother or sister with God-given dignity. Such recognition will lead to peace. Indeed, when we recognize the dignity of others, we will feel compelled to work for an end to all that exploits and enslaves them, such as human trafficking.