The church must be taken into the streets
— Pope Francis

In a society marked by the deepening divide between rich and poor, the gospel calls us to radical and self-giving love. Catholic Social Teaching Principles teach us how to respond to social justice issues facing our world: by meeting the needs of the poor and vulnerable and opposing the structures that perpetuate poverty and abuse the vulnerable.

Our vision is to create a society that acknowledges the humanity of all people to live in the fullness of dignity.  Learn more about Catholic social teaching principles which define our work here.


upcoming events

A Playful Substance + St Francis de de Sales production

January 12, 2019
Timed entry at 4:00PM, 6:00pm, & 8:00PM


The SFDS Social Justice Ministry is hosting an immersive theater experience to support anti-human trafficking efforts. Presented by PLAYFUL SUBSTANCE, all proceeds from the event will benefit LifeWay Network. Our own Cristina Garcia and Cynthia Bastidas will have their work featured at this event 🤩🤩 Ticket information will be available shortly, stay tuned!


Citizenship Drive

Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1:00-5:00PM


We're partnering with the Migrant Center to put on a Citizenship Drive at SFDS. Stay tuned for further details!


our immigration outreach continues

Volunteers Needed for translation

Catholic Charities is in need of interpreters, especially Spanish speakers, to assist at Immigration Court. Click here to learn more.


Catholic Charities necesita intérpretes, especialmente hispanohablantes, para ayudar en la Corte de Inmigración. Hazle click aqui para obtener más información.


proposed public charge ruling

over 100 comments collected!

Over the two weeks leading up to the December 10 deadline to submit comments, our Social Justice Ministry worked hard to raise awareness. We collected 114 signed comments from parishioners against this ruling which we feel does not adhere with the 7 themes of Catholic social teaching.


The proposed rule interprets a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act pertaining to inadmissibility. The inadmissibility ground at issue says a person is inadmissible if they are likely to become a public charge. “PUBLIC CHARGE” is a term by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.

Under the proposed rule, past and current use of Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps), Section 8 housing assistance, and the Low-Income Subsidy for the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit can be used as evidence that a green card or visa applicant is inadmissible under the public charge ground. The proposal also considers that all use of cash aid, including not just TANF and SSI but also any state or local cash assistance program, could make an individual inadmissible under the public charge ground.

The proposed rule will not be retroactive if it becomes final. It will not punish past use of newly included programs, such as Medicaid, housing assistance and SNAP (Food Stamps) if they were used before the final rule goes into effect.



recap of interfaith blessing of the children

The recent interfaith Blessing of the Children in honor of Mother Cabrini was a huge success, with over 150 guests which included immigrant kids and foster parents from Cayuga Centers, Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services, and Catholic Guardian Services. Witnessing the joy in the children's faces as they enjoyed pizza and games in our parish hall reinforced our commitment to continue our local outreach to immigrants.

We advocated for the reunification of the 300+ children that were separated from their parents at the southern US border and sent to NYC. Having learned from our partners in the community that all these families have in fact been reunited, we have now shifted our focus onto the influx of undocumented minors who continue to be sent to NYC. If you'd like to get involved, please e-mail:




Social Justice Ministry Awarded $5,000 Grant From Catholic Charities

Congratulations to Pat Latona, leader of our Social Justice Ministry, for her efforts in procuring a grant towards education and advocacy! Monies from this grant will allow members of our parish and the community to act on the social dimensions of our faith to address social justice issues. The parish of St Francis de Sales is proud to humbly serve as a center of community life offering networks of assistance. 


past events

"Families Belong Together" March on June 30, 2018

"Families Belong Together" March on June 30, 2018

Dropping off Christmastime donations for Lifeway Network (Dec. 2017)

Dropping off Christmastime donations for Lifeway Network (Dec. 2017)