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Our Office works and networks with many people and organizations for the pursuit of justice in our local communities. Working with parishes Social Concerns Committees and other local advocacy and justice organizations we try to empower all for a greater sense of participation in their own lives. Following the call of Pope Francis to be a church of the poor and for the poor we try to always lift up the rights and duties of all to create a more peaceful world and more usher in the Kingdom of God.

Mission Statement

To continue the mission of Jesus bringing glad tidings to the poor...proclaiming liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, letting the oppressed go free and announcing a year acceptable to the Lord (Luke 4:18-19)

Communities of Salt and Light is a new website designed to serve the Social Concerns Committees of parish and communities. It has assessment tools to see how your Social Concerns ministry is working and countless tools to help you in your planning. Please visit the website and contact the Human Concerns Office of the Archdiocese with any questions or help you may need.

Parish Social Concerns Committees

Most often the local expression of works of justice and charity are found in parish's Social Concerns Commitees. It is there that parishioners are given the opportunities to serve and to make their community and better and more just place. We are called to think globally and act locally. Below you will find some Guidelines and PowerPoints that will help you start, renew or reevlaute your Social Concerns Committee.

Opportunities for Service

First Friends
Family Promise
Several Sources
St. Joseph’s Social Service Center
Good Counsel Homes

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Essex County
Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Union County
Bergen County

Additional Links

Social Concerns Committee Guidelines 7 Habits of Effective Parish Social Concerns Committees
Social Concerns Committee Creating or Building Upon An Effective Social Concerns Committee