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Social Justice Ministries

Peace and Justice Committee

The St. Barnabas Peace and Justice Committee was formed to help us, as a parish, better understand and appreciate the church’s teachings on social justice issues and explore what we can do to further those teachings. As Catholics, we are called to act, both individually and as a community, to prevent poverty and injustice as well as to minister to those who suffer their effects. Catholic teachings ask us to question the causes of an injustice and to act to change those causes.

The Committee meets monthly, the second Tuesday of every month, in the church basement, and is open to all interested. For further information, please contact Steve Yokich (773) 298-6268 or via e-mail,

Respect Life Group

In the spirit of charity, and in accordance with the teachings of our Catholic Church, the St. Barnabas Respect Life Group strives to provide information, encourage fellow parishioners, and sponsor a variety of activities in order to foster a parish-wide reverence for human life, in every condition, from conception to natural death.

The Committee meets monthly and is open to all interested. For further information, please contact Beth Devane (773) 239-2639 or via e-mail,


Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person
We believe that people are more important than things and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

Call to Family, Community and Participation
How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community.

Rights and Responsibilities
Human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
In a society marred by deepening division between rich and poor, we are instructed to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

Economic Justice
If the dignity of work is to be protected then the basic rights of workers must be respected—the right to produce work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.

Global Solidarity
We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.

Care for Gods Creation
We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationships with all of God’s creations.

(Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Peace and Justice Pamphlet)

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