St. Martin of Tours Peace and Justice Commission strives to alleviate the root cause and effect of injustice, while witnessing and embracing Gospel values.

Our goals and objectives are:

  • Educate parishioners and ourselves about justice issues
  • Engage parishioners to live out Christ’s call to work for peace and justice
  • Support and promote programs that address social justice issues.

Peace and Justice Commission Meetings: We meet monthly, currently on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 in the Bailey House. Our meetings are full of prayer, discussion and laughter as we try to find ways to make a difference in our parish and in our world.

Programs and Activities

The Peace and Justice Commission is involved in a number of social justice activities both within the parish and outside the parish boundaries. Our mission is to provide information about current peace and justice issues at the local, national and international levels and to lead and suggest actions that individual parishioners can take regarding these issues.  The following are some of the areas in which we have been involved:

Therese Lehane is the Director of Pastoral Care and Outreach, and can be reached by calling (408) 289-9617 .

 The following are some of the areas in which we have been involved:

  • Economic Justice
  • Work for Peace
  • Education

Fair Trade Fair: For the past few years, the Commission has sponsored a Fair Trade Faire through CRS and offers their wares outside the church after the Masses. In addition to our usual Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate, their products include Fair Trade clothing, crafts, toys and housewares.

Hotel Workers/ Fair Wages: We have spoken at Masses and gathered signatures from parishioners in support of fair wages and humane working conditions for local hotel workers.

Peace Prayer:  At various times throughout the year (usually during Advent and Lent) the Commission has sponsored a special Evening Prayer for Peace in the Church. We are proud that we have been designated by the diocese as a ‘Peace’ parish and we try to live up to that name in everything we do.

Lenten Education Series: The Commission has developed and coordinated educational/transformation series during Lent for the past few years. Issues covered have included a series on Forgiveness, a series on Matthew 25, and Lent 4.5: Christian Simplicity.

Peace & Justice Resources

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Catholic Peace and Justice Websites

Justice, Peace & Human Development
Justice for Immigrants
U.S. Bishops’ Study Guide about Torture
Campaign for Human Development
Pax Christi, U.S.A.
Catholic Relief Services
C.R.S. Action Center
CRS Rice Bowl
(Catholic Lobby) Network
Catholic Peace Fellowship

Bay Area Peace, Justice, & Ecology

Diocesan Justice Events & News
Catholic Charities
San Jose Peace Center
Peninsula Peace & Justice Center
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
People Acting in Community Together

For regularly scheduled Local Demonstrations and Peace & Justice meetings, download pdf document.

Peace & Justice Resources

U.S. Bishops: Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching
Pax Christi Links
Peace & Justice Resources
Education for Justice
Bread for the World
Call to Action

Peace & Justice News

National Catholic Reporter on-line
Common Dreams


John Dear: On the Road to Peace
Joan Chittister: From Where I Stand
The Peace Pulpit: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

Central America

School of the Americas Watch
Salvadoran Solidarity
Refugee & Development Issues
Salvadoran Accompaniment
Tim’s El Salvador Blog
Mexico’s “pluralistic & objective journalism”
University of Central America

(If you don’t read Spanish, you can try using the Google translation resources for “poetic” translations)
Dom Helder Camara

Religious Peace & Justice Organizations

National Council of Churches
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Nat’l Religious Campaign Against Torture