Social Justice

We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.

Pope Francis

We cannot separate action for justice from the proclamation of the Word of God.

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

If you want peace, work for justice.

Pope Paul VI

Catholic Responses to Racial Injustice

NBC Boston article: Cardinal Sean O’Malley Calls on Catholics ‘to Uphold and Defend the Truth That Black Lives Matter

For self reflection on one's personal role in racist structures: Bryan N. Massingale, an African American Catholic priest on faculty at Fordham University 6/1/2020:  "Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It".



Our Goals

The purpose of the Social Justice group at St. Agnes and St. Rose is to understand justice challenges in modern society through the lens of our faith and to explore responses to these challenges on a local level.   To do this, we draw upon the Gospel and Catholic social teaching.


Meetings: Second Wednesday of the Month at St. Rose of Lima

*Temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Contact: Tim Frey |


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Helping in a Time of Need

Many community members are suffering from illness or job loss. Here are some ways to reach out to members of our community in need during the pandemic.

St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Christ Inititative: 

Top Cupboard Food Pantry - Topsfield, money donations to buy food, food card donations, and making deliveries for local elderly in need

Food Pantry in Ipswich: 


Food Pantry in Middleton:


Food Pantry serving Ipswich and Topsfield:

Community Giving Tree in Boxford, needs diapers, many many organizations from the whole Merrimack Valley North Shore area benefit from what they provide: 


Food pantry at Boxford Congregational Church: 


Write letters to elderly at Masconomet Healthcare Center in town:


For information on Inequality and social unrest: Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

For information on local climate initiatives:

For information on Immigration and border issues: United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

For information on local responses to economic loss from the Covid-19 outbreak: Catholic Charities of Boston

For information on local support of persons seeking political asylum: Refugee Immigration Ministry

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