Catholic Action

VOTER & VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT 

Nearly one third of Canadians are Catholic.  Full engagement by properly-informed Catholic voters and volunteers can have a tremendous influence on our country and our communities. 

Moreover, when Catholics are properly formed and prayerfully engaged, either with the process of discerning their votes or offering their time and talents, in accordance with the full range of Catholic social teachings, they tend to become more engaged with the Church – the truth and beauty of our Church can be very comforting to those who might otherwise be in danger of wandering away.

We work directly with individuals through materials here on our website and through live forums, and collaborate with dioceses, parishes, and other groups to inform, encourage, and equip others.  

Voter Education

The Catholic duty to participate in society includes the duty to keep oneself informed and to cast properly-discerned votes in elections.  We offer a full range of voter-education materials, including descriptions of a proper discernment process.

Catholic social teaching covers every area of politics, from human dignity to the environment to jobs and the economy… and so much more! To help Catholics learn more about Catholic social teaching, and how it relates – or ought to relate – to current issues, we prepare full summaries of each of the major party platforms, in side-by side comparisons to Church teachings.

All-Parties Forums

Catholic Action CampaignPlatform Analyses & Other Election Resources

Volunteer Engagement

Catholics are called to serve in accordance with the full strength and breadth of the talents entrusted to them by God.  Indeed, many of us are called to serve in multiple ways: spreading the word through both writing and advocacy, for example, as well as through personal interactions with those around us in need of emotional, spiritual, and physical encouragement or support.  Pope Francis reminds us constantly of the need for personal encounter.

We strive to connect volunteers with opportunities that match their strengths in many ways:  through webinars and written materials providing guidance, announcements of calls and opportunities in our newsletter, and many other channels.

Opportunities

Formation

Newsletters

Our monthly newsletters share information on our latest calls for voter and volunteer engagement, as well as new materials and happenings in the world of Civic Evangelization.  Sign up here.

The Common Good Catholic

Parish & Diocesan Toolkits

We can help arrange coordinated (not scripted!) homilies, helping pastors motivate their flocks in their own words, and in the style that works best for them – their own. 

We also provide voting pledges that double as prayer cards.  They’ve proven very popular with the people in your pews, and we believe they help increase attendance at the polls.

We can also provide printable summaries of our non-partisan comparisons of party platforms to the full range of Catholic social teachings, relying on the parties’ own words.   We can work with you to ensure that issues in your community are addressed, in a format that is accessible to them.  We strive to be thoroughly non-partisan and informative, in all we do. 

Platform Comparisons for Diocese of Saskatoon

The voter’s guide we prepared in collaboration with the B.C. Catholic newspaper for British Columbia’s 2020 provincial election won the annual prize for “Service Journalism” from the Canadian Christian Communicators Association.

Foldable Voter’s Pledge & Prayer Card

Collaborative Voter’s Guide for Provincial Election

 

 

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