| Parishes to offer JustFaith courses
Drawing inspiration from a recent workshop by JustFaith's founder, at least five parishes are moving forward with additional courses and workshops.
Jack Jezreel led 50 people from about a dozen parishes through a workshop emphasizing the need for a better understanding of Catholic social teaching, and how to put it in action. The night before the Aug. 23 workshop, however, he demonstrated that action with his own participation in the Oakland ceasefire walk on International Boulevard, alongside local JustFaith graduates and other social activists.
It is often said, Jezrell told the workshop, that "Catholic social teaching is the Catholic Church's best-kept secret."
JustFaith, Jezreel said, offers a "toolbox for social ministry," and goes beyond "trying to address human suffering" to "trying to end it."
St. Joseph Basilica Parish, which hosted the workshop, will offer the first JustFaith course in Alameda. The course will be open to parishioners at any parish. Contact Nora Petersen at email@example.com or 510-541-8898.
Newman Hall Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley will offer the JustFaith course beginning the week of Oct. 27. Contact Amy LaGoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-665-5680.
A JustFaith course is planned at St. John Vianney Parish in Walnut Creek. Contact the parish at 925-939-7911.
Just Faith is a conversation-based process to provide context in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for vulnerable people and advocate for justice.
During the 24-week program — which can be divided into six-week blocks, with breaks in between — the group uses prayer, retreats, books, videos and hands-on experiences. The groups, which include from 8 to 14 people, form a community.
Meg Bowerman, volunteer coordinator of JustFaith in the diocese, will be making a presentation at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont this fall on Good News People, another program designed by JustFaith ministries.
Also, later this month, St. Bonaventure Parish will host a three-day parish mission, "In the Spirit of Pope Francis," led by Jezreel. The dates are Sept. 21-23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church. Additional information about the mission is available at www.stbonaventure.net.
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