Christians believe it is their duty to help others. Individual churches can do a number of things to help unite local communities and to assist homeless and poor people.
Why should the Church focus on helping bring community cohesion?
The Church does not need to bring the community together, it is the job of the government.
The Church does not have anything else to do, so at least it could do that.
With an increasingly multicultural society, people need the Church to help us all work together.
How can a church help its local community through Sunday services?
A church cannot bring its local community together.
It can teach against issues like discrimination, racism, poverty etc.
It could hold a special Mass.
How can a church help the local community throughout the week?
It could run events like homework clubs to help people from different backgrounds mix.
It could run discos at the weekend.
Why do Church leaders find it harder to help the community today than in the past?
Church leaders are too busy to help the community.
It isn’t the job of Church leaders to help the community.
Church leaders have less influence and are less respected than in the past.
What is St Vincent de Paul?
It is an Irish charity.
It is the title of a leader in the Catholic Church.
It is the name of a Catholic Church in Northern Ireland.
What is the focus of St Vincent de Paul?
It makes Ireland a fairer place by caring for the elderly and poor etc.
It helps to train Catholic priests.
It translates the Bible into new languages.
Why do some people believe the Church should not speak about moral and social issues?
The Church does not know what it believes.
The Church should focus on converting people to Christianity, not on moral and social issues.
There are not enough priests to do everything.