Why We Do It
He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature". Mark 15:16
JDCCW MISSION STATEMENT
The Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women acts through its affiliated organizations to support, empower and educate Catholic women in Spirituality, Leadership and Service. JDCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
Specifically, we do it:
serve our 'neighbor', our parish and our bishop
educate and empower the women of the diocese
follow the guidelines of the Vatican (see the background and quotes from the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity below)
- transform the world through prayer and action with the aid and intercession of Jesus Christ, and our Patroness, Our Lady of Good Counsel. Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
The National Council of Catholic Women was founded under the auspices of the United States Catholic Bishops in 1920 giving Catholic women in the U.S. a unified voice and a national forum for service programs. Throughout the decades following, NCCW continued to address and support issues of special concern to women as they emerged. In the 1960s after the Second Vatican Council, NCCW reorganized to follow the directive of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity and established the Commission system to carry out its mission.
In his Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Pope Paul VI make clear that united by Baptism with Christ and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation, we are called by Jesus Himself to spread His kingdom throughout the earth for the glory of the Father, to enable all people to share in His saving redemption and enter into a relationship with Christ. We are to carry out this mission wherever we live and work and reach beyond that to national and international opportunities. The laity are to “build up the Church, sanctify the world, and give it life in Christ.” (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Chapter IV)
Even so let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
In addition, Pope Paul VI encourages lay people, according to their individual gifts, to be diligent in doing what they can “to explain, defend, and properly apply Christian principles to the problems of our era in accordance with the mind of the Church” and that all “should work together to renew and constantly perfect the temporal order. . . The laity must take up the renewal of the temporal order as their own special obligation. . . All those things which make up the temporal order, namely the good things of life and the prosperity of the family, culture, economic matters, the arts and professions, the laws of the political community, international relations, and other matters of this kind, as well as their development and progress, not only aid the attainment of man’s ultimate goal but also possess their own intrinsic value . . . established in them by God. . .. The laity carry out their manifold apostolate both in the Church and in the world. . . (III 9.)We wish to list here the more important fields of action, namely church, communities, the family, youth, the social milieu, and national and international levels. Since in our times women have and even more active [role} in the whole of society, it is very important that they participate more widely also in the various fields of the Church’s apostolate.” (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Chapters II & III)
(III 10) They and the rest of the faithful, therefore, should cooperate with men of good will to ensure the preservation of these rights in civil legislation and to make sure that governments give due attention to the needs of the family regarding housing, the education of children, working conditions, social security, and taxes; and that in policy decisions affecting migrants their right to live together as a family should be safeguarded.(4) (III 10) Thus they should make the weight of their opinion felt in order that the civil authority may act with justice and that legislation may conform to moral precepts and the common good. Catholics skilled in public affairs and adequately enlightened in faith and Christian doctrine should not refuse to administer pubic affairs since by doing this in a worthy manner they can both further the common good and at the same time prepare the way for the Gospel. 10