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St. Augustine Parish Social Concerns

  This edition of Life Issues Forum is available in English and has been posted to our website, where its Spanish translation will be posted next week. Click here to read in English.

List of Ministries in English     

List of Ministries in Spanish


VCC Four Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

VCC Cuartro Principios de la Doctrina Social


The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Part 1

The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Part 2 

El reto de formar la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles Part 1

El reto de formar la conciencia para ser ciudadanos fieles Part 2

The full document can be read at the USCCB website-here


Clothing Closet is open by appointment only.
Please call the office
if you are in need of children's clothes sizes newborn thru 14. 


Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is in need of $5 gift cards from area grocery stores, juice, oatmeal, and mixed vegetables.  Please check the expiration date. Consider donating one item every week per person in your household to help those who find themselves in need. Thank you for your generosity.  

currently we need canned soups, bottled or canned fruit juice canned tomatoes, as well as grits, and oatmeal. Many items we purchase on a reglar basis can be gotten at the local "dollar stores."  Shampoo, bar soaps, laundry detergent, toothpaste, rice, instant potatoes, Sunny D, syrup, pancake mix, grape and strawerry jelly are in need.   Please donate your clean paper grocery bags.
Please check the expiration dates. 

Virginia Catholic Conference
Justice for Immigrants

For a list of upcoming Justice & Peace events in the Diocese of Richmond, visit

HOPEFULLY WE’VE JUST BEGUN WHETTING YOUR APPETITE – frequent the web site more often and come to the Justice & Peace: CARES page… here’s a few things the future holds:

It’s all very exciting. Come by to visit; volunteer - there are many opportunities to serve.

We will be updating you about the following "Social Concerns" ministries in the coming weeks.

 CARITAS (How do we pull that off anyway?)

Food Pantry:
     Who does the shopping?
     How many people do we feed on a Saturday?
      What happens when someone drops by without an appointment?

NEWLY forming Social Concerns Ministry


USCCB Approves Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability is pleased to announce the ratification of the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, Revised Edition, (Guidelines) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their semi-annual meeting held June 14 and 15, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Guidelines reflect the pastoral response of the U.S. Catholic Bishops to the growth in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of individuals in parish communities who live with disabilities and their desire for full participation in the sacramental life of the Church. In addition to stating general principles to be followed for the celebration of the sacraments in this revised document, the Bishops address each specific sacrament and the issues pertinent to that sacrament for persons with various disabilities. 

To read the full press release, click here.


This month marks the 27th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

To learn more and celebrate the anniversary, visit


How accessible is your parish?

A Universally Designed Ministry aims to remove any barriers to participation in your shared communal or liturgical life as a parish. Instead of orienting your accessibility options towards certain groups of people, the ideal is to recognize that limitations based on age, physical disability, or mental impairment are all part of human life and should be accounted for in the design of our parish ministries and common spaces. 

Take the quiz to see how your parish measures up.

In order to better serve the needs of each local community, we will be forming regional support teams to serve the needs of persons with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and parish communities. This group will serve as an advisory body to parishes in need and work to advocate for inclusion for all members of our parishes. If you would like to serve on this team in your area, please email us at

If you have been (or are still) active as a Parish Advocate, please email us at so that we can connect you to the Regional Teams. 
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