Our Call to Justice and Charity

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“… the essential vocation and mission of the lay faithful is to strive that earthly realities and all human activity may be transformed by the Gospel, none of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice…” The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis I, n. 201

Ecuador Pilgrimage

Every other year, youth from St. Matthias and St. Pius parishes go on a pilgrimage to Ecuador. They visit Damien House (Fundacion de Padre Damien) in Guayaquil which is a clinic and residence for patients with Hansen’s disease. While there, they assist Sr. Annie with clean up projects, cheering residents and learning to actively listen to those who are forgotten.

They also visit and work at The Working Boys Center: A Family of Families (El Centro del Muchacho del Trabajador) in Quito, Ecuador where they learn the miraculous ways that people are lifted out of poverty through basic investments in education, vocational training, healthcare and spirituality. Living the community, this Family of Families helps our youth recognize the value of humility and doing without in order to appreciate the many blessings we have in the United States.

Justice and Charity Commission

This group of people connects all of the outreach efforts to live out the gospel mandate to seek justice. There are numerous people in the parish who volunteer their time and talent at organizations throughout the Bay Area. This group provides opportunities for education to change systems and to contribute to collections for the needy, i.e. St.Vincent de Paul, Respect Life, missionaries who speak, homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, St. Anthony’s Dining Room, St. Francis Center, the Catholic Worker House, etc.

This work is accomplished because of the mandates set forth by the U.S. Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s Creation

Read more about these themes on the U.S. Bishops website by clicking here.

The parish was surveyed in April 2016 to assess the perceived needs and interests in the community. The priorities identified were: Homelessness, Hunger, Poverty and Affordable Housing. For this reason, the Justice and Charity Commission is organizing a series of events to both educate about the issues, and promote opportunities for involvement in these areas.

These events include:

Deacon George Shares his Experiences on Death Row – October 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

St. Vincent de Paul Panel Discussion – October 30, 2016 at 11:30 am

StreetLight Ministries Presentation – December 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm

LifeMoves Presentation – March 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Check back here for more information about each event.

Click here for a Mid-Peninsula Directory of Social Services provided by agencies on the Peninsula.

St. Matthias Catholic Church is a member of the Peninsula Multi-faith Coalition. Click here to find out more.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Lord Jesus, you who willed to become poor, give us eyes and a heart directed toward the poor.
Help us to recognize you in them – in their thirst, their hunger, their loneliness, and their misfortune.
Enkindle within our Vincentian family unity, simplicity, humility and the fire of love that burned in St. Vincent de Paul.
Strengthen us, so that, faithful to the practices of these virtues, we may contemplate you and serve you.
In the person of the poor and may one day be united with you and them in your kingdom.  Amen.

This group lives out Jesus’ command to care for the poor by responding to emergencies for food, shelter, clothing, and furniture. They also visit the sick and those in jail. Food items are brought to Sunday liturgies. Collections from the parish community on the fifth Sunday of the month are used for special needs.