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img_saltofearthAbout Salt of the Earth:
A Group Study Guide on the Basic Principles of Catholic Social TeachingsThe Church’s social teachings connect our faith with the realities of today. They help us understand the importance of family and community, the meaning of our work, our role as citizens, respecting the environment, bridging the gap between rich and poor and many other social responsibilities we have as Christians.However the social teachings have been called the Church’s “best kept secret” because not many people are familiar with them.Now Caritas Singapore is bringing to you an easy-to-follow group study guide where you can learn basic principles of the Church’s social teaching such as the dignity of the human person, the common good, solidarity, care for creation and much more.Who is it for?
This study guide is for everyone. It is to be used by groups such as Small Christian Communities, Catechists, Parish Pastoral Councils (PPC), RCIA sponsors, social ministries, youth and young adult communities and any other ministry or prayer group.If you currently do not belong to a group, you can just get together with a few people who are also interested to learn more about our social teachings and form a group to use this study guide.How does it work?
There are 12 sessions altogether in the study guide. Each session is designed to last about 1hour 15minutes. Your group can cover the sessions on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, depending on your preferences. In each chapter, the group follows the readings, reflections, activities and prayers in the study guide.How much does it cost?
Salt of the Earth is distributed free of charge to any group that is interested to learn about the Catholic Social Teaching.How can my group get started on this?
Contact Gail Ng (Formation) at Caritas Singapore and she will assist you and your group with the initial sessions and the provision of the books.Email to formation@caritas-singapore.org or call 6338 9453 for enquires and details.References
Reference materials have been indicated in each chapter of the study guide. These are collated for your ease below. Just click on a chapter to read the original texts from the Church’s social teaching documents.Chapter 1: Introduction to Catholic Social Teachings (PDF Filesize 12kb)
Chapter 2: Principle of the Dignity of the Human Person (PDF Filesize 76kb)
Chapter 3: Principle of Association (PDF Filesize 48kb)
Chapter 4: Principle of Subsidiarity (PDF Filesize 66kb)
Chapter 5: Principle of Participation (PDF Filesize 58kb)
Chapter 6: Principle of the Common Good (PDF Filesize 74kb)
Chapter 7: Principle of the Universal Destination of Goods (PDF Filesize 107kb)
Chapter 8: Principle of Solidarity (PDF Filesize 48kb)
Chapter 9: Principle of the Dignity of Human Work (PDF Filesize 189kb)
Chapter 10: Principle of the Dignity of Creation (PDF Filesize 23kb)
Chapter 11: Principle of the Promotion of Peace (PDF Filesize 140kb)
Chapter 12: Summary (PDF Filesize 12kb)Feedback
If you have questions and feedback, please call 6338 9453 or email formation@caritas-singapore.org.
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About Labourers of the Harvest:
A Group Study Guide on Catholic Social Teachings at the workplace for Working AdultsFor many of us working adults, our jobs occupy a significant place in our lives. We spend much of our days in the office. We spend most of that time trying to meet targets and deadlines. We constantly worry about earning and saving enough to meet our needs. In the midst of all this pressure to perform and succeed, we sometimes lose perspective and forget the meaning and purpose of our work in the light of our faith. Thankfully, we can turn to our Church’s social teachings to remind ourselves that our work ethos can and must be grounded upon our Christian ethic.Towards this end, Caritas Singapore is extending this group study guide of 12 sessions to all working adults. This study guide applies our Church’s social teachings to our work environment in the hopes of helping us, as Catholics in the secular workplace, integrate our faith with our work.Who is it for?
Labourers of the Harvest is specially designed for working adults who struggle with the challenges of integrating their faith into their working lives. All you need is to get together as a group to spend some time reflecting upon and discussing about ‘faith at work’ issues. You may also the Labourers of the Harvest study guide within already existing groups such as: RCIA sponsors, Catechists, Parish Pastoral Councils (PPC), Small Christian Communities, Social ministries like St Vincent de Paul Society and Young Adults ministries.If you currently do not belong to any group, you can alternatively gather together with a few friends or colleagues to use this study guide.How does it work?
There are 12 sessions altogether in the study guide. Each session is designed to last about 1hour 15minutes. Your group can cover the sessions on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, depending on your preferences. In each chapter, the group follows the readings, reflections, activities and prayers in the study guide.How much does it cost?
Labourers of the Harvest is distributed free of charge. (One copy for each person in the group.)How can my group get started on this?
Contact Gail Ng (Formation) at Caritas Singapore and she will assist you and your group with the initial sessions and the provision of the books.
Email to formation@caritas-singapore.org or call 6338 9453 for enquires and details.References
Reference materials have been indicated in each chapter of the study guide. These are collated for your ease below. Just click on a chapter to read the original texts from the Church’s social teaching documents.Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Spirituality of Work (PDF Filesize 43kb)
Chapter 3: Money Matters (PDF Filesize 35kb)
Chapter 4:
Workers’ Rights (PDF Filesize 31kb)
Chapter 5: Work Ethics (PDF Filesize 36kb)
Chapter 6: Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships (PDF Filesize 34kb)
Chapter 7: Peer Relationships (PDF Filesize 68kb)
Chapter 8: Diversity and Discrimination (PDF Filesize 51kb)
Chapter 9: Balancing Work and Family (PDF Filesize 20kb)
Chapter 10: Stewardship of Creation (PDF Filesize 20kb)
Chapter 11: The Catholic in the Secular Workplace (PDF Filesize 101kb)
Chapter 12: SummaryFeedback
If you have questions or feedback, please call 6338 9453 or email formation@caritas-singapore.org.
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Faith+Life is a publication resource pack of Caritas Singapore that draws upon Catholic Social Teaching (CST) to reflect upon local concerns that affect our society today.Issue 1: Voting With Conscience
Issue 2: The Company We Keep
Issue 3: Maid in Singapore
Issue 4: Endangered Species
Issue 5: The Face of the Poor
Issue 6: God Doesn’t Make Junk
Issue 7: Giving Due DignitySuggestions on how to use Faith+Life
Each issue of Faith+Life is accompanied by a reading from scripture and is broken down into 3 sections. Each section is accompanied by a list of questions that are directly related to that section. In this way, the sections are interlinked but can also be read as self-contained pieces.Faith+Life is designed to be used in a wide variety of settings.
You could read it individually as a personal reflection.
You could read it all in one single sitting or a section a day.
You could also use this in groups such as ministries or neighbourhood Christian communities.
A facilitator could be tasked to guide members to reflect upon the different sections and to use the questions to focus their reflection for sharing and discussion.
Caritas Singapore has sought to make our social teachings more accessible through articles in Catholic News and Hai Sing Pao.→ Click here for online archive of Catholic News articles
→ Click here for online archive of Hai Sing Pao articles
Download Young Adults Mission of Mercy 2016 Highlights of the Day.