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“Restoring the world through CHRIST in Everyday Life“
The Office of Service and Justice expands the scope of Catholic Charities to include the entire apostolate on social justice issues, human rights advocacy, and corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
We are everybody’s office! We focus on our schools, parishes and larger community providing
- communication and networking
- call to service and justice
OSJ helps parishes develop programs in the community to support social justice issues and human rights, specifically:
- for training and support in launching local service and justice inititatives
- for help connecting and linking to parishes and schools with common interests
- for learning more about the Social Teachings of the Catholic Chruch
To learn more contact the Service and Justice Office.
“Christ wants us to love God and then prove that by loving our neighbours. Prepare to help all God’s wounded.”
Many social services and outreach are offered through our 80 parishes and 48 schools
- We house the homeless – there is room for 102 men in the Vancouver Archdiocese building on the 3rd floor! We also provide warm food and friendship at over 12 parishes.
- There are 24 St Vincent de Paul conferences that support the most vulnerable and those living in poverty in our communities by visiting and providing food and clothing.
- More than 170 volunteers visit prisoners and help newly released offenders reintegrate in the community, providing support and loving encouragement.
- In the past two years sponsored resettlement in Vancouver of over 500 refugees who fled their country to save their lives and their families.
- Parishioners/Students serve at the Door is Open, Agape Street Ministry, and Domestic Abuse Services (OLGC) and others with countless volunteer and service hours.
“Those who work for the Church’s organisations must be distinguished by the fact that they do not merely meet the needs of the moment, but they dedicate themselves to others with heartfelt concern, enabling them to experience the richness of their humanity…” (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est 39)
Check out the many “Ways to serve” through the volunteer initiatives in our Archdiocese