Human Concerns Social Justice


The mission of our committee is two-fold: (1) to provide assistance and care for the needs of the more vulnerable people in our parish and local community and (2) to identify, publicize, and educate the parish on current social justice issues.  In all of our activities we follow certain key principles of Catholic social justice.


  1. The dignity of Each Person

Belief in the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic social teaching. We are made in the image and likeness of God and must be the starting point of a moral vision for society.

  1. The Common Good and Community

We have a responsibility to participate in organizing our society, in law, policy, economics and politics because of the direct effect on human dignity and the rights of individuals.  We must protect human life and dignity and promote the common good.

  1. Rights and Responsibilities

We have not only the right but the responsibility to participate in politics out of concern and commitment to the good of the community. We have a duty to keep informed about issues of the day and to vote to protect the common good.

  1. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

The Bible teaches us to put the needs of the poor first.  Jesus showed us the way. This is the true test of our Christianity: how we treat those living in poverty.

  1. Stewardship of God’s Creation

God gave human beings the task of caring for and nurturing all of creation. All people have an equal right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. In his Encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis calls all people of the world to take “swift and global action” to stop the environmental destruction of our planet which has a disproportionate effect on those living on the margins of society.  Concern for creations is inseparable from concern for justice.

  1. Promotion of Peace

There is a close relationship in Catholic teaching between peace and justice.  Peace is the “fruit of justice and is dependent on the right order among human beings.

Climate Workshops

Workshops are always on Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00pm:

Upcoming Events

April 18, 2020 - Celebration of the 30th Earth Day

May 9, 2020 - Master Gardener and Beekeeper

Our History of Action

Past Events

September 2019 Laudato Si - Climate Change's Impact on Water Resources


Saturday May 11, 2019 2:00 to 4:00pm


Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Church of Saint Anselm

1028 Wayside Road Tinton Falls, New Jersey

Mary’s talk will cover a range of topics addressing public and private efforts in New Jersey to protect children and advance their welfare, including the opportunities available for individuals to play a part in advocating for children's safety and well-being.



Seventh in the monthly series of Laudato Si’ - On Care For Our Common Home  



              How Monmouth Beach banned single use plastics

Saturday April 13, 2019 2:00 to 4:00pm

How to Save Our Planet One Banana Peel at a Time


Climate is changing so fast that animals, plants and other creatures cannot adapt successfully. This rapid change will create ecosystems that are unpredictable and unstable. Human societies and economies depend on ecosystem services provided for free by the natural world.  For example tree roots and the microbes in soil help filter rainwater so that it is healthy for humans and fish.  Plankton and trees make oxygen.  Birds eat ticks and mosquitos that carry disease and suck nutrients from our livestock

.... imagine a world where you can’t count on these things.

Saturday March 9, 2019 2:00 to 4:00pm


Saturday February 9, 2019 2:00 to 4:00pm

Don Faistl

VP, Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice at The Metropolitan Technology Services Group, and member of the Finance Committee at St. James Parish in Red Bank. 

Don spoke at St. Anselm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 about the analysis and steps taken at St. James to save money and go greener.  They decided to install solar panels through a large part of their complex.  He explained that it involved financing with no money down and ownership of the solar panels and equipment after twenty years. 


We are called to care for each other and creation.


On Saturday, December 8,, 2018  at 2 p.m. the Human Concerns Social Justice Committee of St. Anselm Church hosted the THIRD in a series of workshops to highlight the Call of Pope Francis in his Encyclical Laudato Si’ to Care for each other and our Common Home the earth. 

JAYE S. SIMS Monmouth County Assistant District Recycling Coordinator and STUART NEWMAN Monmouth County Solid Waste Coordinator led this third workshop on RECYCLING.  Their talk, slide show, handouts and question/answer session provided much needed information regarding exactly what is and is not recyclable. Sims regularly provides these sessions to schools, churches, and communities. 

Sims and Newman explained that a few non-recyclables added to recyclables can contaminate the entire batch and stop the automation process.  Some examples of contaminants are:  any plastics other than numbers 1 or 2, yogurt containers, salad containers, waxed paper; old light bulbs, LED bulbs (recycle these at Loews or Home Depot), garden hoses, pizza boxes and plastic bags.  The group learned that plastic bags are the worst offender and should NEVER be included in municipal recycling as they get caught in the teeth of the machines and cause the machinery to come to a standstill.  The talk was so informative that a tour of the recycling facility will be arranged later in the year.



DON FAISTL, member of St. James Parish Finance Committee and VP Life Sciences and Healthcare at The Metropolitan Technology Services Group, to educate us about the SOLAR CONVERSION PROCESS AND EXPERIENCE at St. James Parish in Red Bank: Questions Asked, What They Learned, Why They Converted


Press Release!!

On Saturday, November 10, 2018  at 2 p.m. the Social Justice Committee of St. Anselm Church hosted the 2nd in a series of workshops to highlight the Call of Pope Francis in his Encylcial Laudato Si’ to Care for each other and our Common Home the earth.  Janet Tauro, NJ Board President of Clean Water Action, led the workshop on Plastics Pollution-Rethinking Disposables. 

Janet explained that while most of us recycle, only 9% of plastics are recycled appropriately.  79% the plastic ends up in landfills or the natural environment, including our oceans. Plastic toxins and particulates are now being found in breast milk and in the fish we eat.  Janet explained how Clean Water Action continues to work to monitor the cleanup of certain areas of Newark suffering from lead contamination in the drinking water. Legislation has been proposed to ban certain single use plastics throughout New Jersey.  Janet helped the group identify steps that can be taken individually and as a community to work to reduce plastic waste.


***Janet Tauro, NJ Board Chair of Clean Water Action, is a founding member of GRAMMES (Grandmothers, Mothers, and More for Energy Safety), former reporter with The Record (formerly Bergen Record) newspaper. 

Clean Water Action was the leader in securing the early retirement of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant ten years ahead of schedule, and plays a large role in addressing plastic pollution in New Jersey, lead in drinking water, renewables, and other climate change initiatives.

Since its founding in 1972, during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act, Clean Water Action has won strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking, and people power to the table.***





Past Social Justice Activities

The Committee is following our Catholic Social Justice Principles in educating the parish on various issues related to protecting God’s children and our earthly home.  Our recent presentations include:


  • Human Trafficking
  • Mass Incarceration


  • Teen Homelessness
  • Cyber Security


  • Pesticide Free Gardening


Community Outreach (COR) which provides emergency financial assistance to parishioners and people in our local community.

Family Promise is an organization that provides housing, feeding and services to homeless families.  St Anselm’s is a host family. We house and feed families on a quarterly basis.

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