Vision for Parish Social Ministry


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A presentation on the foundation and vision for Parish social ministry which will be used in the first session of the PSM Skill Development training.

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  • Three essential tasks of the Church, proclamation of the word, administration of the sacraments and works of charity.
  • There are 133 parishes in the dioceseThere are 113 PSM programs and about 50 St. VincentdePaul Society ConferencesThe pastor provides the vision of PSM and the model of how his parish can become a cohesive community healing the hurts of persons in need. Through his leadership the financial base can be established.The parish agrees to have a PSM coordinator who is a paid member of the parish staff. The parish also agrees to support the efforts of PSM and its coordinatorCatholic Charities provides support, resources and trainings which enhance the parish ministry of service. Catholic Charities also provides 2 days of prayer and reflection for Coordinator and volunteers and one additional overnight convening for coordinators per yearPSM challenges the parish not only to do more but to be more
  • PSM is rooted in the gifts and charisma of the people of God, enabling those within the parish community to serve and support those inn needSince suffering persons in each community have different needs and the mix of talents as well as resources in each community are unique in addressing those needs, PSM may take on a different shape in each parish
  • Vision for Parish Social Ministry

    1. 1. Session IOverview of PSM Skill Development Foundation of PSM Definition & Vision of PSM
    2. 2. • Session I – Foundation and Vision of PSM• Session II – Perceptions, Listening Skills and Boundaries• Session III – Intake/Assessment and Follow Up• Session IV – Community Resources• Session V - Special Needs, Client Advocacy
    3. 3. Foundation ofParish Social Ministry
    4. 4. Foundation of Parish Social MinistryMission Statement: Deus Caritas Est: 22. As a ministry of the Roman As the years went by and the Church spread further a field, Catholic Church, Catholic the exercise of charity became Charities assists in serving the established as one of her basic needs of the poor, essential activities, along with troubled, weak, and oppressed the administration of the sacraments and the and is committed to addressing proclamation of the word: love the cause of injustice. We aim for widows, orphans, prisoners, to organize and empower and the sick and the needy of people to secure the every kind, is as essential to her as the ministry of the participation of all in the life of sacraments and preaching the the community. Gospel.
    5. 5. Foundation for Parish Social Ministry  Revelation: How does God reveal himself to the human community?  Scripture: The inspired Word of God  God’s journey with Israel  Jesus Christ: God among us  Natural Law: God’s gift of reason  When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness. – Romans 2:14-15 Tradition: The cultural interpretation of Scripture and tradition
    6. 6. THE TORAH ON ONE FOOT "On another occasion it happened that a certain heathen came before Shammai and said to him, "Make me a proselyte, on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Thereupon he chased him away with the builders cubit that was in his hand. When he came before Hillel, (he also asked Hillel to teach him the entire Torah while standing on one foot) Hillel replied, " What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah while the rest is commentary; go and learn it."
    7. 7. THE GOLDEN RULE:THE GOOD SAMARITAN  “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” – Galatians 5:14  “One thing is clear: A new universality is entering the scene, and it rests on the fact that deep within I am already becoming a brother to all those I meet who are in need of my help.” – Pope Benedict XVI
    8. 8. Scriptural Foundation Genesis: and the purpose of creation.  That God made all people So God created equal in dignity and rights humankind in his That the earth and everything in  it belongs equally to everyone. image, in the image  That all human beings, equally, of God he created are co-responsible with them; male and God in helping to protect the dignity of everyone and female he created everything them…. God saw  That the physical earth itself has everything that he rights and needs to be respected in and of itself and had made, and not just as a stage for human indeed, it was very activity good. - Gen. 1: 27 & 31
    9. 9.  Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed I know their sufferings. And I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land. – Exodus 3: 3-8
    10. 10.  8th Century Prophets: Amos, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, etc. Critique social injustices and admonish Israel God will punish Israel for its social sins God will again restore and bring hope to a repentant Israel
    11. 11.  A person who sees the present clearly A person of insight A person who listens to the Lord and speaks the word he or she hears to the world Prophets are seldom establishment people Prophets in Israel often came into conflict with the established leaders of their day
    12. 12.  A teacher with a unique (prophetic) authority.  Jesus’ conviction and insights are derived from his own intimate relationship with God  Ethical discourses (Beatitudes, Matthew 25) and parablesJesus Teaches
    13. 13.  Love of God and love of neighbor are central aspects of this message God’s love is radical and Indiscriminate (Love your Enemies) An ethical call to share in God’s perfection. Jesus invites to share in his mission.  “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.” –John 13: 34-35  “For we are God’s fellow workers.” -1 Cor. 3:9
    14. 14. The Paschal Mystery Jesus death on the cross was a death in the cause of justice. He was executed because he challenged accepted values. He sided with the poor and the outcasts. He condemned oppressive structures. Jesus was aprophet and prophets meet strong opposition. – Fr. Don Senior, CP
    15. 15. • Charity is at the heart of the Churchs social doctrine. Every responsibility and every commitment spelt out by that doctrine is derived from charity which, according to the teaching of Jesus, is the synthesis of the entire Law (cf. Mt 22:36- 40). It gives real substance to the personal relationship with God and with neighbour; it is the principle not only of micro- relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro- relationships (social, economic and political ones). • Caritas in Veritate #2Pope Benedict XVI
    17. 17.  1891 – Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum  Papal Encyclicals:  1931 – Quadragesimo Anno – Pope Pius XI  1961 – Mater et Magistra – Pope John XXIII  1963 – Pacem In Terris – Pope John XXIII  1967 – Populorum Progressio – Pope Paul VI  1987 – Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: - Pope John Paul II  1991 – Centesimus Annus: -Pope John Paul II  1995 – Evangelium Vitae – Pope John Paul II  2009 – Caritas in Veritate – Pope Benedict XVI  Vatican II – Gaudium et Spes  1971 Synod of Bishops – Justice in the World  U.S. Bishops  The Challenge of Peace, 1983  Economic Justice for All, 1986  Renewing the Earth, 1991Catholic Social Teaching
    18. 18.  Life and Dignity of the Human Person Call to Family, Community, and Participation Rights and Responsibilities Option for the Poor and Vulnerable The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers Solidarity Care for God’s Creation
    19. 19. PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY• Definition and Vision of Parish Social Ministry• Parish Social Ministry in the Diocese of Rockville Centre• Parish Social Ministry Lived From the Perspective of Compassion
    20. 20. Definition of Parish Social MinistryParish Social Ministry is the action that the faithcommunity takes to live out the Gospel weproclaim and to grow in love with God andneighbor Catalysts & Collaborators in Social Ministry: Strategies for Parish Partnership & Parish Social Ministry in Catholic Charities, 2008Living out the Gospel: As individuals we make choicesthat have the potential to impact the life and dignity ofothers; as community we are called to work together to liveout the GospelGrowing in love with God and neighbor: PSM draws thefaithful to the side of the most vulnerable and asks them tobe the presence of God
    21. 21. • Parish – Parishes are geographical entities that convey a belief that God not only loves people but God also loves places. The faith community ministers with a special understanding that it is responsible for the stewardship – the care of that place and all who live there, especially those in need• Social – All ministry is, by its very nature social. We do not live out our baptisms in isolation from one another. We do not truly become community without the presence among us of the poor, the widow, the orphan and the stranger in the land
    22. 22. Ministry – PSM is a tangible expression of care on behalf of the parish community and in the name of Jesus. It is service and obedience to Jesus who called us to profoundly understand that, “when you do this for the least of these, you do it for me.”
    23. 23. The Vision of Parish Social Ministry is to builda truly caring, compassionate, Christiancommunity that fulfills the Church’s mission. Where others will know we are Christian by our care for one another and our thirst for a more just society
    24. 24. PSM in the Diocese of Rockville Centre• PSM was established in our diocese in 1976 when Catholic Charities began a process to help parishes respond to people in need at a local level.• We have consistently moved toward a much clearer expression of our concern for those on the margins of society• This concern is expressed by a community of faith and on the holy ground that, together, we call Parish• Catholic Charities Parishes
    25. 25. • Essential elements to a comprehensive and effective PSM 1. A ministry of relationship 2. A ministry of direct service to those in need 3. A ministry of empowerment 4. A ministry to the whole community
    26. 26. PSM: MINISTERS OF COMPASSION The true measure of humanity isessentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer. This holds true both for the individual and for society. A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardlythrough “com-passion” is a cruel and inhuman society. – Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi #38