Advocacy & Education

St. Matthew’s supports Catholic social justice teachings on, and participates in advocacy efforts related to, issues that include poverty, access to healthcare, and affordable housing, and environmental justice, among others.

Upcoming Parish Events:

Social Justice & Advocacy Spiritual Retreat

We invite you to attend a very special Lenten retreat for those who engage –or seek to engage – in the Social Justice and Community Service Ministries of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Our retreat will be led by Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM. He currently works at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington in the area of Parish Community Organizing and Advocacy.

The retreat will include time for individual and group reflection. We will also celebrate some of the transformative moments in our parish’s outreach ministries, share our motivations and our dreams for an even more robust and prophetic presence of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in the life of our city and nation.

Mass will be celebrated to close the retreat, and a light pizza lunch will be served. There is no charge for the retreat, but a voluntary collection will be taken.

To participate, register here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4fada9238-stmatthews.

Read Fr. John's invitational letter for more information on the retreat.

Questions? Email the Social Justice Committee Chair, Phil Downey, at socialjusticestmatthew@gmail.com.

Date: 03/07/2020 (Saturday)

Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Place: Franciscan Monastery

 

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)

Washington Interfaith Network Research Teams
To better understand the concrete issues we face, WIN is forming four research teams: Reservation 13 (Public Land), Public Housing, Living Wage Jobs/WMATA, and Community Safety. These teams, with support from WIN organizers, will dig into the history and current politics of the research subject, meet with key stakeholders and public officials, and prepare presentations to help educate our base on the issues. Sign up today to get involved–no prior expertise needed! Go to https://www.windc-iaf.org/witnesstoaction/ to learn more about the teams.

 

Congregation Action Network

IKnow Your Rights Spanish and EnglishCE Raids/
Redadas de ICE
How Can Faith Communities Help Keep People Safe? 

  • Become familiar with your rights if ICE comes to your home, work or up to you in public. View the Know Your Rights flier (English and Spanish).
  • Print out and share copies of the Know Your Rights flier with your own faith communities and others you think may be affected by raids, or canvass affected neighborhoods and leave fliers at people's doors.
  • Call the local hotline number (202-335-1183) if ICE agents or police come to your home or approach you in public. 
  • Help schedule Know Your Rights trainings in your community. Email here to find out how. congactionnetwork@gmail.com
  • Be prepared to mobilize. If the raids affect our congregations and communities, some of our Network congregations may provide temporary or long-term physical sanctuary.
  • Be prepared to support these congregations and individuals through direct support, rallies, political outreach, social networking, and other outreach activities.

¿Cómo pueden las comunidades de fe garantizar que las personas estén seguras?:

  • Familiarícese con sus derechos si ICE llega a su hogar, a su trabajo o a usted en público. Haga clic en el folleto Conozca sus derechos (en ingles y español).
  • Imprima y comparta copias del folleto Conozca sus derechos a continuación con sus propias comunidades religiosas y otras personas que considere que pueden verse afectadas por las redadas, o recorra los barrios afectados y deje volantes en las puertas de las personas.
  • Llame al número de la línea directa local (202-335-1183) si los agentes de ICE o la policía vienen a su casa o se acercan a usted en público.
  • Ayude a programar los entrenamientos conozca sus derechos en su comunidad. Envíeme un correo electrónico para averiguar cómo.
  • Esté preparado para tomar medidas para apoyar a nuestras congregaciones. Si las redadas afectan a nuestras congregaciones y comunidades, algunas de nuestras congregaciones de la Red pueden proporcionar un santuario físico temporal o a largo plazo.
  • Esté preparado para apoyar a esas congregaciones e individuos a través de apoyos directos, mítines, divulgación política, redes sociales, y otras actividades de divulgación.

Good Faith Communities Coalition

To attend DC budget hearings with Good Faith Community Coalition, contact GFCC at goodfaithdc@gmail.comFind more information

Just Faith

Just Faith is an extended educational and spiritual formation program. Just Faith provides an opportunity for parishioners to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated within the Scriptures, the Church’s historical witness and Catholic social teaching. The next session is not yet scheduled.

If interested, contact socialjustice@stmatthewscathedral.org.