Social Teaching of the Catholic Church

The following are some resources for learning about and participating in the Church’s social teachings:

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Published in 2004, this document brings together the insights and developments in the tradition of the Church’s social teaching. An online version of this document is available via the Vatican website

A PDF version, converted from the online document is also available here.

Catholic Conscience

This group is an independent, non-partisan organization devoted to the formation of all Catholics, and others of good will, for full civic participation in accordance with the social teachings of the Catholic Church. Representatives from Catholic Conscience work with St Peter’s by providing presentations on the social teaching of the Church. More information about Catholic Conscience can be found via their website

An introduction to the social teachings of the Church, created by Catholic Conscience is available here in PDF format. This small document uses The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church as a primary source.

Book Club Meeting

BaBL Book Club Reminder: Next book club date: Thursday, October 24th 7:00 p.m. Book: Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

New York Times bestselling author Ann Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential for dealing with tough times, difficult decisions and the hardships of daily life in her book Help, Thanks, Wow. It’s a mere 100 pages, and copies are available through the Toronto Public Library

The Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Messengers of God’s Love for All People

Have you ever had a bright light shone in your eyes? When this happens, it can become impossible to see or notice anything else as a result of the light’s intensity. Many people who perform on stage say that the light can be so bright that even if the theatre is full, all they are able to see in the assembly is the bright light shining in their face. This is an image that I would like to come back to in a few minutes.

Today, in the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are celebrating the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel. We are doing so because Cardinal Collins has asked that we celebrate the feast of our Archdiocesan patron at all the Sunday Masses. The feast that we are actually celebrating today is the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. So happy feast day to all who are named Michael, Gabriel or Raphael. Angels are created beings who are messengers of God. Angels have a mission to bring a message on behalf of God. The guardian angels have been created to bring a message of God’s particular care and love for each of us. The Archangels are those that are given a more important task or message from God. Michael, who is known as the prince of the angels, is known as the “one who is like God.” It is his job to defend people from Satan and to protect us from temptation. Gabriel is known as “strength from God,” and because he is often entrusted with an important message from God, he is known as the messenger of God. Raphael is known as the “healing power of God,” and is best known for his saving work on behalf Sarah and Tobias in the book of Tobit. As messengers of God, the work of the angels is always involved with protecting us from what will threaten our salvation, bring God’s healing presence, or announce His good news. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Food-Drive for the Good Shepherd Mission

The Good Shepherd Mission in Toronto looks after many of the city’s homeless and helps them find a warm meal all year round. Each year they rely on the generosity of Torontonians who are able to donate food to make their mission possible. This year the parish will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive to support the Good Shepherd Mission. Please consider donating canned tuna, canned meat, canned fruit or vegetables, canned soups and stews, peanut butter, jam, cereal teabags, instant coffee, cookies, rice, and crackers. Please no fresh fruits or vegetables or frozen food. Some parishes decorate their sanctuaries with flowers on the Thanksgiving weekend. Let us decorate ours with food to be offered to those in need. Please bring your non-perishable food donations to any of our Sunday Masses. Thanksgiving weekend – October 12 & 13