Peace and Social Justice






Based on Catholic Social Principles, our organization educates, organizes and acts on social issues facing our local and global community by deepening an awareness of the Gospel's call to love our neighbors.

St. Jude Peace & Social Justice Ministry bases our mission on the Gospel teachings of Jesus and the Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  We provide projects in which all parishioners can participate, including: regular sales of Fair Trade coffee and other food items, a Fair Trade Fair, and letter writing campaigns to our legislators.  We have also provided guest speakers on issues including poverty and hunger, non-violence, immigration, peace initiatives and environmental concerns. 

St. Jude Parish is the recipient of the 2008 Community of Salt & Light Award presented by the Diocese of Joliet.  This award is given to the parish best fulfilling the U.S. Bishops' vision of service and justice as put forth in the Communities of Salt & Light Pastoral.  

If you would like more information on this important ministry and/or would like join us for a meeting call Lorrie Tracy at 815/485-8049.


To link to the Diocese of Joliet Office of Peace and Social Justice go 


  Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
  • Life & Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation

Ask any of our members about the Peace Pole outside the front door of the church and its significance.



Peace and Social Justice Sponsors
which offers quality products such as coffee, tea,
olive oil, and chocolate.  This is not a fundraiser at St. Jude.
We offer all products at our cost. Watch the bulletin for
upcoming sales and events. 



  • Builds right relationships between buyers and sellers that are rooted in the principles of human dignity and solidarity
  • Respects human dignity
  • Promotes the common good  
  • Advances economic justice
  • Empowers disadvantaged people 
  • Connects us with the people who create the things we buy 
  • Cultivates global solidarity


  • Watch the Bulletin for dates when Fair Trade items are available in the West Narthex.  
  • SERVV CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES  (CRS), on-line shopping 
    Stores:  Oak Park, 121 N. Marion St, 708/848-4572  
                  Evanston, 719 Main St., 847/733-8258
                  Glen Ellyn, 503 Pennsylvania Ave., 630/790-1166 
    Store:    Hammond IN,  219/933-1044


For additional information about the Peace and Social Justice Ministry
click on the links below:


To read the full text of the Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, <click here.  


For more information on: Communities of Salt and Light:Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish,   <click here.