Charity & Social Justice


The Charity & Social Justice commission is a group organized within the Parish Pastoral Council that assists the Council by developing pastoral plans and policies in the areas of Christian service and social action. The goals of the commission include providing education to the parish community regarding the social mission of the Church so those members understand both charity and justice are essential in living out the Gospel.

Charity & Social Justice is an umbrella organization encompassing a wide variety of social justice related committees and programs that serve local, national and international needs. Committees include Cleveland Latin American Ministry (CLAM), Family Promise, Respect Life and Thea Bowman to name a few. See the full list of committees on this website under the Service tab. The commission encourages all parishioners to get involved with one or more of the many worthy service ministries.

Parishioners are welcome to attend meetings or join the membership at any time. Charity & Social Justice meets on the second Monday of each month (summer meetings may vary) in the lower level meeting room of the Parish Offices at 7:30 p.m. If you would like more information, please contact Daphne Held at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Educate - learn why your purchase matters. 
Purchase Ethically - Buy products that support workers and the environment. 
Reflect- Pray for the dignity of works around the world. 

Purchasing fairly traded goods ensures that our purchases have a positive impact. It’s also a powerful way to deepen our connection to God, His people and His creation. 
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Happy Anniversary!

This year Catholic Relief Services celebrates 75 years of service assisting the poor and vulnerable overseas. Founded in 1943 in the aftermath of World War II by the U.S. bishops, Catholic Relief Services is an international humanitarian organization that seeks to end poverty, hunger and disease. It is one of the most trusted international relief and development agencies in the world, working in 110 countries and reaching more than 136 million people.

Recently 3 members of St. Rita parish have been commissioned as CRS ambassadors - Claudia Kotich, Daphne Held and Kathy Lamancusa. As ambassadors they will be sharing information and resources regarding programs that work to end poverty and injustice and encouraging parishioners to live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. Please watch the Church bulletin, the Charity and Social Justice page on the parish website and Facebook for information regarding ethical trade, the Lenten Rice Bowl, Food Fast, special prayers and much more or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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