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    Social Justice Ministry 

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LSA Family Health Service, founded by the Little Sisters of the Assumption, strengthens and empowers vulnerable families and children by meeting their basic needs for food, healthcare, education and a safe home, in the belief that affirming families in their own dignity improves the entire community.  

Justice and Peace Calendar 



1 Self-injury Awareness Day
Anniversary of Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty (2007):
An update to the landmark study that coined the term “environmental racism” and
established a direct correlation between toxic waste site placement and communities
experiencing poverty and communities of color.


3 Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain, a.k.a. Chief Joseph, b. 1840
When the U.S. attempted to force the Nez Percé to move to a reservation, he tried to lead his
people to Canada, in what is considered one of the great retreats in military history.
Assassination of Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores, d. 2016:
Honduran environmental activist, indigenous leader, and co-founder and coordinator of the
Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras

5 International Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1970)
Second Sunday of Lent*

6 Martin Niemöller, d.1984:
German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor known for “First they came...” statement
about standing up to Nazi oppression

7 Feasts of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, patronesses of expectant mothers and mothers

8 International Women’s Day: |

10 Harriet Tubman, d. 1913, Abolitionist and humanitarian during the United States Civil War

12 Assassination of Rutilio Grande, S.J., d. 1977: |
Martyr of El Salvador
Third Sunday of Lent*

13 Solemn Remembrance of Breonna Taylor, d. 2020 killed by Louisville, KY police officers

15 Shootings in Christchurch, NZ, 2019, At the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center
International Day Against Police Brutality:
World Consumer Rights Day

16 Rachel Corrie, d. 2003, American activist for Palestinian human rights, crushed by an Israel
Defense Forces bulldozer in Rafah, the Gaza Strip:

17 Feast of St. Patrick, patron of Ireland and engineers

19 Feast of St. Joseph:
Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love , 2016, Pope Francis:
Gaudete et exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World:
Fourth Sunday of Lent*

20 Start of the Iraq War, 2003
International Day of Happiness:

21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:
International Day of Forests
World Poetry Day: |

21-27 Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial

22 World Water Day: |
EarthEcho Water Challenge:
Ramadan*, begins at sundown and ends at sundown on April 21 in the U.S.

24 Feast of Saint Óscar Romero: |
Assassination of Óscar Romero, d.1980: |
Archbishop of San Salvador
World Tuberculosis Day
Colman McCarthy, b. 1938, American journalist, teacher, lecturer, pacifist, and long-time peace
activist who teaches peace in America’s classrooms and lecture halls
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations
and for the Dignity of Victims:


25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
Slave Trade:
Feast of the Annunciation

26 Populorum Progressio, The Development of Peoples (1967), Pope Paul VI:
Fifth Sunday of Lent*

31 César Chávez, b.1927
Mexican-American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores
Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United
Farm Workers -

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