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Social Justice Week 2012

Caritas Aotearoa

New Zealand

Social justice week 2012
Social Justice Week 2012

Because we are a Eucharistic people we must be involved in ensuring people have enough to eat.

Our mission
Our Mission

CST: The Universal Destination of Goods

The earth and all it produces is intended for every person. Private ownership is acceptable but there is also a responsibility to ensure all have enough to live in dignity. If we have more than we need, there is a social obligation to ensure that others do not go without.

Fruit of the earth and work of human hands.

He huanōteoneone, ā, nāteringatangataimahi

- Liturgy of the Eucharist


Meals refresh and nourish. Meals are gathering points.

Meals provide a setting for conversation, friendships,

remembering, and sharing with one another.

Earth, sky and sea and all of life unite in the giving and receiving of food, making every meal a sacred event.

Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it.

Sharing of food is the central action of Eucharist. What does Eucharist mean in a needy world?

Hunger today
Hunger today

Every 12 seconds a child dies of hunger.

925 million people are starving in our world.

Hunger is a global tragedy because it is avoidable.

Years 1 to 8 ideas
Years 1 to 8 ideas

  • Spiritual food

  • Saying grace-karakia

  • Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19)

  • The Last Supper

  • Jesus feeds to crowd

  • Class Mass

  • The teachings of Jesus provides the ‘food we need’

  • Recipes for life

  • Helping the poor – service to justice.

Years 9 to 13 ideas
Years 9 to 13 ideas

Spiritual food

  • The teachings of Jesus – Sermon on the Mount

  • Jesus and Zacchaeus – a transforming encounter

  • Jesus feeds the crowd – significant aspects of a miracle story

  • The Last Supper: Jesus an example of human wholeness and holiness

  • The Last Supper: thanksgiving and service

  • The enduring Eucharist (John 21:1-14).

Years 1 to 8 ideas1
Years 1 to 8 ideas

Daily food

  • The story of a piece of bread.

  • Korero with a special guest for lunch.

  • Our leftover food.

  • How to compose your own grace.

  • Family meal time.

  • Story of a common NZ food.

  • Reflections on an important meal.

  • Design a food forest.

  • Find out about a staple food of the world.

Years 9 to 13 ideas1
Years 9 to 13 ideas

Daily food

  • Food journeys - where does food come from?

  • Shared meal - thanksgiving meal

  • Consumer responsibility - making just food choices

  • Shared meal - in images of the Last Supper and reflecting on manaakitanga

  • Fair trade - standing in solidarity with those who lack food

  • Shared meal - reflecting on church teachings

Years 1 to 8 ideas2
Years 1 to 8 ideas

Food and Justice

  • Caritas helps hungry families.

  • Fruit of the earth.

  • Work of loving hands – shared lunch.

  • Enough food for everyone.

  • Helping out – social action.

  • Food waste.

  • Hunger – current crisis in the Sahel.

  • SJW poster as a source of motivation – justice questions.

  • If I could rule the world, one thing I would do.

Years 9 to 13 ideas2
Years 9 to 13 ideas

Food and Justice

  • Food waste – researching individual and community responses

  • Caritas work in the Sahel – the 2012 food crisis

  • Global distribution of food – analysis of this as a moral issue

  • Caritas work in the Sahel – investigating food insecurity and malnutrition

  • Hunger – analysing the Church response

  • Caritas in the Sahel – analysing the Church response


At least three worksheets per level (junior, middle, senior).

All worksheets to download from the Schools section of the Caritas website.

Includes map templates, statistics, problem solving outlines, Caritas partnership in the Sahel, West Africa.

Poster and bookmark
Poster and bookmark

Some included in the teacher’s pack. Free to order.

Quote from the Eucharistic Liturgy.

From seeds to cultivation, harvest, production, market, consumption…

many loving hands.

Key concept of sharing what we have.

Using Gospel values we ask

‘What comes next?’

‘Who misses out?’


Website links to: Schools. Teachers. Students.

Who we are. What we do. And more …

[email protected]

[email protected]

Teacher s pack for additional support
Teacher’s pack for additional support

  • Teacher’s booklet for background reading Our Daily Bread.

  • SJW posters.

  • SJW bookmarks/prayer cards.

  • Promotional material for worksheets on the website.

  • Singout4Justice songwriting competition, poster and entry form.

  • Order form.

  • Visits request form.

  • Feedback form.


The meal of the Eucharist is the celebration of the hospitality of God, shared by guests who commit themselves to become fellow hosts with God.

- Monika Hellwig: The Eucharist and the hunger of the world.

The basic theology of Eucharist as a proclamation of social justice looks to transform both persons and communities.

- John Coleman: How the Eucharist proclaims social justice.

To those who have hunger give bread.

And to those who have bread give the hunger for justice.