“Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith…It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came ‘to bring glad tidings to the poor…liberty to captives…recovery of sight to the blind’ (Lk4:18-19). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren”(no.1397) “ –Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, Challenges and Directions, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops., Washington, D.C. ©1998.
Here at St. Thomas Aquinas, we are developing ways to help our parish family live out the Good News of the Gospel Message as we seek to be the Hands and Feet of Christ in our community, in our local Church of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and in our world. Meetings are held periodically and a core team is being formed. For information, contact the Parish Office at 727-372-8600.
The Florida Catholic Conference Advocacy Network is a statewide, grassroots network established by the Bishops of Florida that makes it easy for Catholics to stay informed and take action on public policy issues affecting human life and dignity. Visit www.flacathconf.org.