Parish Social Ministry Program


Empowering those in our diocese to celebrate and realize the Gospel call 
life, human dignity, and care for
God’s creations. 


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The Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry seeks to empower Catholics in the Diocese of Palm Beach to celebrate and realize the Gospel call for life, human dignity, and care for God’s creation through Catholic Social teaching formation, organized parish social ministries, and opportunities for public advocacy and action.

Our programs include:

  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS): Established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), CRS  carries out our Catholic commitment to help those who are poor and vulnerable overseas and within our country. Each year CRS Rice Bowl is conducted to help Catholics observe the season of Lent through prayer, learning, action, and almsgiving. The funds collected are sent to CRS  for its work overseas.  A portion of the funds remain within the diocese and are given through grants to local outreach programs at our diocesan parishes.       
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the USCCB and works to break the cycle of poverty by helping people help themselves. CCHD helps poor people help themselves escape poverty and address its causes by investing in their development so they can participate in the decisions that affect their families and communities. Donations to CCHD give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes. Each year a special collection for CCHD is taken at our parishes. It was established by the USCCB as a response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an expression of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church.

To learn more about CCHD, please visit the USCCB’s program page

To learn more about the programs this collection supports, please watch the USCCB’s video

  • Parish Outreach Committee: This program helps to network the local parish social ministry efforts throughout our diocese, connecting our many parishes, and provides resources and support to their work.
  • Just Faith Ministries: Through its various educational programs, this program helps a members of a church or parish explore Christ’s call to care for the vulnerable, and helps to expand people’s commitment to social ministry.

For more information on these programs, please click on the titles to the left.


Volunteer Opportunities
Parish Social Ministry seeks one or two volunteers from each parish to be the representative to the diocesan Parish Outreach Committee.

Volunteers are also needed for Catholic Relief Services local outreach raising awareness of Catholic Social Teachings and organizing action at the parish on behalf of the poor and marginalized around the world.  To help your efforts, there is a list of suggestions of what you – or a group of you - can do to in 5 to 10 hours per month. Your work, your voice, and your prayers at the local level makes a difference for the people CRS serves around the world!  View list


National Migration Week

Each year, the Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry also works with other Catholic Charities’ programs and the Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Palm Beach to promote National Migration Week. This annual observance is designed to raise awareness of the plight of migrants, particularly the most vulnerable migrants: children, undocumented refugees and victims of human trafficking and slavery. Because they often find themselves far away from home and dwelling in a new land, often poor with few possessions of their own, migrants are a vulnerable group of people and open to exploitation and abuse. For this reason we as a Catholic community should pay special attention to their needs, both religious and material, and advocate on their behalf with the hope of ensuring their protection and well-being.

During National Migration Week, the Parish Social Ministry spreads awareness about the Church teaching on migration and immigrants. The ministry provides various resources to our parishes and ministries developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Justice for Immigrants. Please view our Events Calendar for any celebrations for this week.

In 2014, National Migration Week will take place January 5 -11.  View more information 


Catholic Charities

9995 North Military Trail
P.O. Box 109650
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
Phone: 561-775-9560
Fax: 561-625-5906 Contact Us