"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)
April 2017 - Mercy for Our Common Home:
“Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to a future generation.” (Pope Francis) Indeed climate change is happening now. Its effects are devastating for poor and vulnerable people around the world. This is the topic for the April issue of Matthew 25.
February 2017 - Migration:
“I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.” This issue covers the position of the Catholic Church regarding immigration policies toward undocumented and refugees.
December 2016 - One Human Family:
At a time of dramatic global changes and challenges, Catholics in the United States face special responsibilities and opportunities. We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world.
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."