Sunday, November 25, 2012

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of November 25, 2012

Catholic Charities. Providing Help. Creating Hope. 

VISION: Believing in the presence of God in our midst, we proclaim the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person by sharing in the mission of Jesus given to the Church. To this end, Catholic Charities works with individuals, families, and communities to help them meet their needs, address their issues, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society.

MISSION: Rooted in the Mission of the Diocese of Youngstown "to minister to the people in the six counties of northeastern Ohio . . .(and) to the world community", we are called to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

GOALS: Catholic Charities is devoted to helping meet basic human needs, strengthening families, building communities and empowering low-income people. Working to reduce poverty in half by 2020.

KEY VALUE: Hospitality

WHAT WE DO: Organizing Love. "As a community, the Church must practise love. Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community" (Deus Caritas Est, par. 20)
On Sunday, (The Solemnity of Christ the King, Last Sunday in Current Liturgical Year ,   we read from the Gospel of John about Jesus’ encounter with Pilate.  Jesus confirms His mission in obedience to the Father.  Jesus testifies to the Truth -- is the Truth -- reminding us that as believers we are called to follow Jesus first...our country, tribe. political party, or nation much later.  Our priority must be on building the Kingdom of God in time and history and for eternity.  

Catholic Charities  continues to be an agent of the Church in building up the Kingdom of God.  We witness, in good times and bad, about the cry of the poor to all leaders and decision makers, reminding them of Jesus’ love for each of us and His special concern with those who are hungry, naked, sick, in prison, homeless, thirsty and a stranger.  We remind our cultural and political leaders that respect for all human life is essential, from conception to natural death.  We try the best we can to witness to the Truth -- the Truth revealed in the Word made flesh, Jesus the Christ -- the first priority.  Sometimes that witness to the Truth may upset people; but we are sure in our call to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel and to the Church in all we advocate and in how we serve.

Reflection from Church Documents and Official Statements


(Vatican Radio) “We cannot conduct a new evangelisation without new evangelizers”, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella Thursday as he opened a three day conference on New Evangelisation in down town Sydney, Australia.

As keynote speaker at Proclaim 2012, the President of the Vatican Council for New Evangelisation spoke of the decline of the faith in Europe and western societies, which, he said, cannot be stemmed by a “reform of structures” but only by a personal encounter with the Risen Christ. He also urged “new relationships of esteem, of trust and of welcome of people’s various gifts” within the Church.

“To be an evangelizer is a vocation so that all people may be able to hear the Gospel of Jesus, believe in him and call upon him. That vocation is born on the very day of our baptism and it is a vocation to every believer in Christ to make of himself or herself a credible bearer of the good news encapsulated in his teaching. To be sent, then, is intrinsic to the baptismal vocation; this implies for all Christians that they assume this responsibility, each one in their own person, without any possibility of delegating it to others. The proclamation of the Gospel cannot be delegated to others; rather, it requires the awareness specific to the believer that he or she is to be a bearer of Christ wherever they go”.

Below the full text of Archbishop Fisichella’s intervention at Proclaim 2012

Some important date(s) this week:

See website for biographies of Saints and Blessed celebrated this week.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30.  St Andrew the Apostle

The first Apostle. Fisherman by trade. Brother of Simon Peter. Follower of John the Baptist. Andrew went through life leading people to Jesus, both before and after the Crucifixion. Missionary in Asia Minor and Greece, and possibly areas in modern Russia and Poland. Martyred on an saltire (x-shaped) cross, he is said to have preached for two days from it.


November is Black Catholic month.  See daily reflections

Disaster Relief: Hurricane Sandy  Help support @CCharitiesUSA disaster relief efforts

 PAPAL INTENTIONS:   November 2012

General Intention: Ministers of the Gospel. That bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear the courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord.

Missionary Intention: Pilgrim Church. That the pilgrim Church on earth may shine as a light to the nations.

Corporal Works of Mercy:  The seven practices of charity toward our neighbor

  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Give drink to the thirsty
  3. Clothe the naked
  4. Shelter the homeless
  5. Visit the sick
  6. Visit those in prison
  7. Bury the dead

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