After many weeks of preparation, the juniors of SJA, along with their social justice teacher, Mr. Steven Najera, hosted a presentation in the UD library for World Day of Social Justice. This event was held on Feb. 20, 2018, to promote the seven Catholic social teachings. This is the first year that the social justice class gave presentations on the Catholic social teachings. Najera said, “What social justice means to me is putting your faith in what we have been learning from class and helping your fellow man.”
All religion classes from grades 7-12 were able to experience and learn about the different Catholic social teachings. Sophomore Rachel Parra said, “I have learned so much about the different kinds of Catholic teachings and I hope I can learn more about them when I become a junior.” Each Catholic social teaching is connected with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a non-profit organization that is determined to end starvation all around the world. Junior Juliet Reyes said, “Rights and Responsibilities mean the right to life so we must correspond to these rights to families in grave societies with the manna packs.” Manna packs are 13.6 oz bags which consist of white rice, textured soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, and other nutrients which will help families all around the world. During the presentations, students could donate money to FMSC organization if they wanted to.
Students that donated one dollar received a confetti popper to celebrate that they are giving back. Students that donated three dollars or more received a bracelet handmade in Peru. On this day, the FMSC group raised four hundred fifteen dollars. Ms. Martin, a moderator of FMSC, said that “the money is enough for one meal a day for a family in a developing country for a year.” Mr. Najera hopes that we, as students, are able to live out the Catholic social teachings in our lives.