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Southside Catholic Peace and Justice

Mission Statement


Southside Catholic Peace and Justice works to fight injustice, poverty and violence by raising awareness of and acting upon the 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.



Southside Catholic 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.

For further information, please contact Cathi Hogan 773-779-4641 or Steve Yokich (773) 298-6268.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At St. Barnabas, we believe we see God in all people and that we belong to each other. Therefore, we are committed to fostering an inclusive community in which each person feels a sense of value and belonging. Doing so will create a welcoming community where all voices have power and diversity is celebrated.
Within our school and the larger parish community, as part of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we commit to confronting and challenging societal biases and racism. We must march along a path toward greater equity and justice with humility, authenticity, and compassion.