Social Justice Ministry

The Social Justice Ministry has as its purpose to affirm and foster human life and the dignity and rights of all people. It works to increase awareness of needs in the local as well as the global community and to promote Catholic Social Teaching. Our goal is to be proactive in addressing social concerns and in caring for the poor and oppressed.The committee meets bi-monthly following the 9:00 Sunday Mass. It sponsors a Lenten series of speakers representing groups who minister to those in need both locally and in mission areas. In addition, the SJM sponsors a monthly “loose change collection” on the first Sunday of each month for the poor, for victims of natural disasters, for orphanages, and many other ministries who address those in need. Many donations are made through Catholic Relief Services.

All parishioners are encouraged to get involved. We invite you to attend our meetings and/or be a member of e-Link an electronic newsletter from the Diocesan Office of Social Ministry that lists monthly information of events in the parishes of San Diego.

We also welcome suggestions of ways to address needs in our community.

For more information, please contact:
Flora Funk at (619) 957-4388

Minutes of past meetings


Sept 10, 2017 Aug 21, 2016 Nov 15, 2015
May 21, 2017 April 10, 2016 Aug 16, 2015
Feb 7, 2017 Feb 7, 2016 May 31, 2015
Jan 13, 2016 Feb 1, 2015

The Social Justice Ministry brings several opportunities for parishioners to live their Catholic faith through donations, involvement, and education.

Loose Change Collections: Where does the money go and who does it help?

Build a Miracle: Building homes in Tijuana

Lenten Speaker Series and Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Fair Trade and Fair Trade Gift Faire

A Fair Trade Parish and School in La Mesa

La Mesa has been a fair trade city since October 2012.  The idea being that as a community we do all that is possible through word and hopefully action to reinforce the concept of fair trade of goods.  You can find information on this pivotal movement here: Fair Trade Town.

Saint Martin of Tours Parish and Academy is also honored to be listed as a fair trade location on their map of La Mesa.

We stand behind the fair trade ethos and do what we can to buy fair.  Fair Trade coffee is used throughout the parish ministries including Bingo.  The Academy also supports Fair Trade fundraisers through the  Work of Human Hands and Equal Exchange catalog sales.

St. Martin of Tours declared a Fair Trade Congregation

We invite parishioners to follow, get announcements and learn how they can participate.   St. Martin Fair Trade

Social Justice’s role in promoting Fair Trade

What is St. Martin doing?  Anne Pacheco participated in two radio shows.
Listen to learn more.
April 2012 (8 minutes)     October 2015 (50 minutes)

5th grade academy students learn about Fair Trade

The Fair Trade 2016 event at St. Martin of Tours was a great success and was mentioned in the November 2016 issue of the San Diego Family Magazine. Read it on line:…/nov_2016_digital_issue/28

Alternative Gift Fair

The Social Justice Committee sponsors an annual Alternative Gift Fair in the Fall featuring beautiful Fair Trade items from around the world. In addition to the Fair Trade certified gift items, several nonprofit organizations bring handmade items from developing countries for sale.