St Francis Xavier & St Clare

Catholic Parish of Greater Box Hill | In the Franciscan tradition

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Social Justice

“Justice, care for the poor, and reverence for human dignity are core elements of the Gospel of Jesus. Personal commitment to social justice is, therefore, an essential part of the Catholic faith. Love requires that verbal expressions transfer into personal action.”
- Dr. Patricia M. McCormack, from “Catechist”
Our parish seeks to promote social justice by supporting charities and outreach programs, including: St Vincent de Paul Society, Caritas, Knights of the Southern Cross, Catholic Mission and Food at the Barn. In the past year, an appeal was coordinated for Shekinah Homeless Services (which is a network of nine member organisations that provide accommodation and support services to homeless people) and Opening the Doors (an organization that helps Aboriginal children stay in school and supporting mainstream education for Koori children). If you can, we hope you continue to help support these charities.
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council provides more information about issues relating to social justice. See
As we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are reminded of the corporal works of mercy:
.  To feed the hungry;
.  To give drink to the thirsty;
.  To clothe the naked;
.  To shelter the homeless;
.  To visit the sick;
.  To visit the imprisoned;
.  To bury the dead.