JustFaith is an intensive and successful model of justice education and spiritual formation that consists of weekly meetings, and employs books, videos, speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats, and hands-on experiences. The intent is to provide a tapestry of learning opportunities that emphasize and enliven the remarkable justice tradition of the Catholic Church. This is a demanding course of study over seven months that exposes the participants to the privilege of becoming community with others and sharing a journey of faith and compassion that is both life-giving and challenging.
St. Monica is complying with LA County Safer-at-Home Restrictions.
May 17 marks the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home, the landmark encyclical authored by Pope Francis on the environment. Join the parish community as we celebrate and honor God's gift of creation and the Church's teaching on the environment with this special presentation.
The St. Monica Green Team will be hosting:
Celebrating the Environmentalist You Already Are
Sunday, May 17 at 7:00pm
For more information, check out the St. Monica Green Team page: CLICK HERE
The introductory course for JustFaith 2019–20 will be presented at St. Monica Catholic Community in three phases beginning Oct. 2018 through June 2019. Participate in any one or all three!
Oct. 2–Nov. 20, 2019
gently challenges participants to live out Scripture’s command to care for the poor among us. This phase examines root causes of poverty, particularly emphasizing the interplay between poverty and environmental degradation, and guides participants in discerning how to most faithfully, and effectively respond.
Jan. 15–Mar. 11, 2020
awakens participants to the realities of racial and economic inequalities in the U.S., with the ultimate goal of introducing new and creative choices for a more just and faith-filled life as individuals and a community of faith. Through its focus on the U.S. criminal justice system and income inequality, it challenges participants to revisit how our faith informs our responsibility to each other.
April 15–June 3, 2020
emphasizes the role of violence in keeping people in poverty, introducing participants to nonviolent resistance as a means of Kingdom-building and poverty alleviation. It invites participants to explore new and creative ways to embrace a nonviolent lifestyle.
The program requires a significant commitment and one that needs to be entered into with some prayerful discernment and the ability to make space in your life for personal enrichment. The program consists of:
JustFaith Ministries is series of programs created to help bring awareness of Catholic Social teaching, our faith’s call to justice, and prepare individuals and parishes for the work of social ministry. Founded by Executive Director Jack Jezreel, M.Div. in 1989, JustFaith works in partnership with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and Bread for the World. The Catholic Social Teaching Ministry has hosted several programs at St. Monica with the express purpose of acquainting our parishioners with our rich heritage of Catholic Social Teaching. JustFaith is used in over 1,000 parishes and churches involving 20,000 people. Go to http://justfaith.org for more information.
Please note: In addition to this program, there are additional outings, service opportunities, speakers, and worship experiences scheduled throughout the year by this ministry for the entire community.
Sessions meet at 7:00 p.m. You must be registered to attend and commit to the listed requirements above.
Please note: Attendance is required for all JustFaith sessions and activities.
Journey to Peace emphasizes the role of violence in keeping people in poverty, introducing participants to nonviolent resistance as a means of Kingdom-building and poverty alleviation. It invites participants to explore new and creative ways to embrace a nonviolent lifestyle.
Phase 3: Journey to Peace
4/15/20 - Session 1: Dividing Walls
4/22/20 - Session 2: Intro to Nonviolent Resistance
4/25/20 - Opening Retreat
4/29/20 - Session 3: Witnesses for Peace: Civil Rights Movement
5/06/20 - Session 4: Witnesses for Peace: St. Oscar Romero & Nonviolence in Latin America
5/13/20 - Session 5: Economic Peace & Personal Wealth
5/20/20 - Session 6: Practicing Peace in Our Communities
5/27.20 - Session 7: Nonviolence toward Creation
6/03/20 - Session 8: Seeking Peace in Today’s world
Closing Retreat – Saturday 6/6/20
The books that are used for Phase 3 are:
I Shall Not Hate Izzeldin Abuelaish
Laudato Si (On Care of Our Common Home) Pope Francis
Strength to Love Martin Luther King, Jr.