Economic Justice Lenten Series in Castro Valley

Our Lady of Grace Church explores the Occupy Movement March 21 and the face of human trafficking March 28


The Pax Christi/Social Justice Group of will host two more sessions in its Lenten Series on economic justice issues.

On March 21 a panel discussion,  "The Truth About Occupy",  will be presented from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Panelists will speak on how the “Occupy” movement relates to  moral values and Catholic social teaching. Walt Sears of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission and Maxima Ventura from "Knit In" will take part in the discussion. 

"The Face of Human Trafficking" will be the topic of discussion on March 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Sr. Caritas will present information about what drives the market for human trafficking and just how many people are victimized by it. Come learn about the painful, human side of illegal immigration during this presentation. A discussion will follow.

Each of the programs take place following the church's Wednesday evening soup dinners and will be held at the Augustinian Center located behind Our Lady of Grace Church at 3433 Somerset Avenue, Castro Valley. 

The presentations are open to all. For more information, call 510-733-9880 or 510-538-6071. 

Jim Ward March 18, 2012 at 09:18 PM
How fitting that the Catholic Church is relating to the Occupy Movement. That kind of thinking is the main reason I became a 99%er -- ex-Catholics.
Billy Bradford March 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Why doesn't Our Lady of Grace talk about social justice as it relates to the gay families living in Castro Valley? I've offered to bring in films and talk to them, but they do not respond to my letters. Perhaps 'Justice for All' doesn't truly mean ALL if you are gay.
Anneke9 March 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Jim Ward March 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Billy, How about bringing ham recipes to a Synagogue?
Leah Hall March 19, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Good point, Billy. I've heard from other parents that there are one or two welcoming Catholic congregations in Oakland. My own home church, which is Episcopal, is very welcoming and communicates this clearly within the congregation and on our website. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland. http://www.stpaulsoakland.org/oasis Here's some of what you will find written on our website: St. Paul's is an Oasis Congregation which signifies that St. Paul's has completed an intentional process of reflection and education, signed a public affirmation of commitment to LGBT (GLTB) people, and is committed to participating in programs and actions that advance and fulfill the mission of Oasis/California. We are committed to: joining with other Oasis congregations in a network that extend themselves in welcoming LGBT people working for pastorally sensitive care for LGBT people in dealing with spiritual concerns the spiritual empowerment of LGBT people sharing the Good News of Christ witness, education and fellowship advocacy for the full inclusion of LGTB people throughout the Church St. Paul's members are active with the Diocese. Find an Episcopal Church that will welcome you: http://www.oasiscalifornia.org/


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