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Ministry of Life, Dignity, and Justice

"Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least ones of mine, you did for me"  - Matt 25:40

The Ministry of Life, Dignity and Justice works to create a holy and just society by promoting the dignity of the human person and sanctity of God's creation.

In addition to overseeing the ministries of Pro Life, Restorative Justice and Social Concerns, the Department of Life, Dignity and Justice also:

  • Collaborates with community based efforts to promote health and wellness.

  • Provides formation in bereavement ministry.

  • Provides resources and information to Parish food ministries.

  • Coordinates Catholic Lobby Day and other efforts to advocate for a more just society.

  • Serves as liaison to Catholic Charities.

Pro-Life

Pro Life Catholic Ministries

Pray, help, teach and advocate for those who have no voice, so that their lives may be healed, saved and changed.

Social Concerns

Serving as a resource on the social doctrine of the Church to parishes and other diocesan offices.

Bereavement Ministry

Provides a theological and pastoral formation to bereavement team ministers to offer ongoing support for those who have experienced grief.

Diocesan Healthcare Program 

Works to promote holistics, preventative and general health care through education and information. 

 

Ministries

Pro Life Catholic Ministries

"I have before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose LIFE then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice and holding fast to Him. For that will mean Life for you to live..."  - Deuteronomy 30:19

Services:

  • Provide formation and legislative advocacy on behalf of a Consistent Ethic of Life including issues of chastity, stem cell reasearch, human cloning, abortion, capital punishment, married love and the gift of life, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, and artificial contraception. 

  • Promoting compassionate and practical assistance for those who are experiencing a crisis pregnancy, seeking healing after an abortion or information on natural family planning.

  • We pray, help, teach and advocate for those who have no voice but ours, so that lives may be healed, saved and changed.

  • Developing parish based Respect Life Ministries.

For more information visit the Respect for Life and Pastoral Care Ministry

 

Social Concerns

"You are the Salt of the earth..., You are the Light of the world..."

Services:

  • Formation of Church leaders in the work of Charity, Justice and solidarity.

  • Serving as a resource on the social doctrine of the Church to parishes and other diocesan offices.

  • Developing advocates for just policies and social structures.

  • Promoting integral human development through the catholic Campaign for Human Development.

  • Coordinating the Justice for Immigrants.

For more information visit our Restorative Justice , Community Services and Outreach, and Advocacy pages

 

Bereavement Ministry

Training program for parish bereavement team ministers, providing the theological and pastoral formation.

Services:

  • Providing ongoing support for those who have experienced grief.

Training Program for Bereavement Ministry: 

  1. Helping Others Mourn - Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

  2. Communication Skills for Ministry - Cost: $25 (Includes lunch)

  3. Elements of Bereavement Ministry - Cost: $25 (Includes lunch)

  4. Funerals, Vigils and Interment - Cost: $25 (Includes lunch)

Completion of all 4 components will constitute a PMFP level specialization in Bereavement Ministry

Grief Support Groups:

  • St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church, Alta Loma

  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Barstow

  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Hesperia

  • Southwest Community Church, Indian Wells

  • ​Immanuel Baptist Church, Highland 

  • Hemet Hospice, Hemet

  • Corona Regional Med. Center, Corona

 

Diocesan Healthcare Program

Serving both the Catholic and larger communities and organizations that impact health care and wellness by promoting holistic, preventative and general health care through education and information, providing a forum to listen, articulate and advocate community concerns; and to promote the appreciation of spiritual values and faith based principles in health care.

Programs:

  • Diocesan Healthcare Committee

  • Diocesan Behavioral Health Committee

  • Healthy Aging Program (initiated with Loma Linda University Medical Center)

  • Parish Health Ministry

  • Catholic Hospital Chaplains

  • Diocesan White Mass

Goals of the Diocesan Healthcare Committee

  1. Advisory: The DHC will provide a forum to share information with the Bishop and the committee members to foster collaboration within the Diocese.

  2. Advocacy: The DHC will advocate for justice in health issues for the vulnerable and underserved.

  3. Wellness: The DHC will promote opportunities for health education and wellness within the Diocese. 

Members of the Diocesan Healthcare Committee

  • St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino

  • St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley

  • Community Hospital of San Bernardino

  • Lestonnac Free Clinic

  • Catholic Charities, Riverside / San Bernardino Counties

  • Foundation for Worldwide Health

  • Parish Health Ministry

  • Catholic Hospital Chaplain Representative

Services:

  • Provide resources for Parish Health Ministry

  • Collaborate with Healthcare Institutions to provide seminars/workshops on health matters

  • Organize healthcare conferences

  • Coordinate and Encourage the hospital chaplains in their ministry

  • Develop formation program for Parish health ministers

  • Advocate / Advice on healthcare public policies

Events:

  • Healthy Aging Conference

  • Diocesan White Mass for recognizing healthcare professionals

  • Mental Health seminars/workshops

  • Health fairs in parishes

  • Participation at the Mexican Consulate Health fair