THE SOCIAL JUSTICE
St. Martin de Porres a patron of Social Justice & racial harmony
The Social Justice group is launching the Development and Peace campaign Recovering Together in response to the effects of the global pandemic.
The attached video highlights the devastating effects of the pandemic. We are asked to act together for a Just Recovery that includes all.
Everyone is invited to stay tuned for upcoming action for participating in this recovery process.
THOSE IMPACTED by COVID-19 THE MOST
Persons with Disabilities
Even at the best of times, persons with disabilities face challenges in accessing health-care services, due to lack of availability, accessibility, affordability, as well as stigma and discrimination. The risks of infection from COVID-19 for persons with disabilities are compounded by other issues, which warrant specific action: disruption of services and support, pre-existing health conditions in some cases which leave them more at risk of developing serious illness or dying, being excluded from health information and mainstream health provision, living in a world where accessibility is often limited and where barriers to goods and services are a challenge, and being disproportionately more likely to live in institutional settings.
Indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable at this time due to significantly higher rates of communicable and non-communicable diseases, lack of access to essential services, absence of culturally appropriate healthcare, and if any, under-equipped and under-staffed local medical facilities.
The first point of prevention is the dissemination of information in indigenous languages, thus ensuring that services and facilities are appropriate to the specific situation of indigenous peoples, and all are reached.
The large number of indigenous peoples who are outside of the social protection system further contributes to vulnerability, particularly if they are dependent on income from the broader economy – produce, tourism, handicrafts and employment in urban areas. In this regard, Governments should ensure that interim financial support measures include indigenous peoples and other vulnerable groups.
Indigenous peoples are also seeking their own solutions to this pandemic. They are taking action and using traditional knowledge and practices as well as preventive measures – in their languages.
Social Justice Group at Sacred Heart Parish in Walkerton
Since the second Vatican Council Catholic Social Teaching has taken a prominent place in the life of the Church. Pope Paul VI promoted the Encyclical to the entire Catholic Church, calling all people to Action and Development which responds to the "Preferential Option for the Poor", from scripture.
Our services of Charity and Education about Injustices in our World, local and beyond, give all of us opportunities to Work in Solidarity with the less fortunate.
Our Social Justice projects range from welcoming Refugee Families into our midst, to supporting victims of national disasters such as in Haiti. We have been involved regularly with the annual Share Lent and Development and Peace Solidarity programs of Awareness Education, liturgical celebrations and fundraising. Work with Habitat for Humanity locally and beyond has been a frequent activity as well as support for the purchase, construction and regular operation of the Walkerton Food Bank. Support for Missionary Work through our Youth and the Schools offers our group the opportunity to spread an Active and Hands On Faith based service.
The FOTOCAN mission trips to Nicaragua are a good example of this component. Other areas supported by our Social Justice group include helping to End Hunger through the Local Canadian Food Grains Bank Growing Project, supplying assistance for Canadian Food For Children around the World (Dr. Simone), volunteering with local organizations like the Knights of Columbus, Right to Life activities,
Christian Aid Ministries ( Reapers of Hope and Operation Christmas Child), the Catholic Women's League as well as many of our local Service Clubs and Organizations.
This Parish based group uses resources from our Canadian Conference of the Catholic Bishops, Development and Peace, experienced speakers with Solidarity Activity leading the Poor toward sustainability in food and water resources.
This group is also involved with letter writing and petitions to inform our politicians of much needed programming and support for those in need.
If you are interested in joining our Social Justice group please call the Parish Office at 519-881-0692.