Ministries of Mercy
About the Ministries of Mercy
The network of the Ministries of Mercy focuses on Jesus’ call to reach those who are most vulnerable. The Diocese of Joliet practices the corporal works of mercy in tandem with the USCCB’s themes of Catholic social teaching, and collaborates with parishes, volunteers and organizations supported by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services.
Network of Ministries of Mercy
Please see below for opportunities with our network of ministries of mercy.
Network of Ministries of Mercy [Accordion]
- Provide resources and best practices for parish-based food pantries
- Find local food resources and programs
- Collaborate with Bread for the World and the annual offering of letters
- Collaborate with local St. Vincent DePaul Conferences and visit Catholic Charities for resources
- Facilitate an annual Catholic Relief Services collection during Lent and donate funds to local food pantries
- Walking with Moms in Need: Assist parishes in promotion and coordination of Walking with Moms in Need initiatives for their parishes and communities
- Provide resources to parishes regarding programs in their communities that provide direct assistance to families in need
Facilitate Annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection and distribute local grants to area organizations living the message of USCCB’s seven themes of Catholic social teaching.
Assist parishes in networking with and supporting local shelter programs.
Find Shelter | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Educate and advocate
Educate and advocate for programs related to domestic violence and human trafficking.
Collaborate with immigrant communities and organizations.
Advocate for supportive housing for those with a mental illness or substance use disorders, as well as disabled community members.
Collaborate with organizations that provide prenatal services, including:
Crisis pregnancy support
Perinatal hospice programs
Support Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats.
Support those with mental illness or a substance use disorder by raising awareness regarding the stigma of both.
Support those needing end of life care.
- Utilize the network of parishes and clergy providing jail and prison ministry
- Provide additional training/advocacy/support to prison/jail ministry
- Support and advocate for families of those who are incarcerated
- Support and provide resources for staff, parishes and parishioners facing the loss of loved ones through pregnancy loss, suicide and other complicated grief experiences