Saturday, September 13, 2008

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for Week of September 14, 2008

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: 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.

KEY VALUE: Hospitality

On Sunday (24th Ordinary Time Sunday/Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Cycle A) we are reminded in the Gospel of John about the LORD's call to Moses to raise a serpent like staff to heal those inflicted. We are called in the Gospel to overcome our own inflictions and doubts, and believe in the message and Good News of Jesus the Christ. We then see that this message is quite troubling though joyous: in the ancient hymn from Philippians, Jesus, though the DIVINE WORD, was made humble by his human estate and accepted death, even death on the cross. This death was most cruel. That acceptance of God's will, however, brought life to the world.

In Catholic Charities we are called to be witnesses to this incredible message: that the LORD willingly humbled himself to suffer for us to bring new life. We are called to be in solidarity with the lowliest of the low. We are called to be voices for the voiceless. We are called to bring healing to the world by offering the love that Jesus commanded his followers to imitate and live. We are called to be a place where our clients and visitors know the healing and loving presence of God. This is a key insight into our core value of hospitality.

Some important date(s) this week:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. Our Lady of Sorrows. For a while there were two feasts in honor of the Sorrowful Mother: one going back to the 15th century, the other to the 17th century. For a while both were celebrated by the universal Church: one on the Friday before Palm Sunday, the other in September. The principal biblical references to Mary's sorrows are in Luke 2:35 and John 19:26-27. The Lucan passage is Simeon's prediction about a sword piercing Mary's soul; the Johannine passage relates Jesus' words to Mary and to the beloved disciple.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18. Bishop Murry will give the key note address at the Wean Foundation Non Profit Summit. Catholic Charities is a member of the planning group for this major community event.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19. Joan Rosenhauer of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be at St. Michael's Parish in Canfield giving a workshop to pastoral leaders on the role of the Catholic Community in electoral politics and on-going conscience formation regarding moral decision making. Call the Office of Religious Education of the Diocese of Youngstown 330-744-8451, Sandy Greco, for more information and to register. A small fee is being charged to cover the food costs.

Frozen Custard = Hurricane Relief Funds

Parkers' Origional Frozen Custard in Boardman will be hosting a special fundraising weekend October 10,11 and 12th. Throughout the weekend 1/2 of all custard sale proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief Fund. Parker's Origional Custard is located at 813 Boardman-Poland Rd (Rt. 224) in the Presidential Plaza. There will be special in-store give-aways and chances to win gift certificates, a $100 US Savings Bond and a Grocery Give-a-Way at Nemenz IGA!

So come out an enjoy some frozen custard for a good cause. Catholic Charities agencies throughout the Gulf Coast are responding with emergency shelter, food, counseling and general assistance for those persons and families impacted by various hurricanes, and will continue to respond to help communities rebuild. If you are unable to make it to Parker's the weekend of October 10,11 and 12, monetary donations can be sent to:

Make out check to: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown
Send check to: Catholic Charities Office, Diocese of Youngstown
Attn: Hurrican Relief Fund
144 W. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

For more information, contact Brian R. Corbin, Disaster Response Coordinator, 330-744-8451 ext. 320 or email him at

Thanks to Fr Ed Brienz of St. Columba Cathedral, and special advisor on disaster response, for his leadership in helping to rebuild New Orleans


That those who are forced to leave home and country because of war or oppressive regimes may be supported by Christians in the defense and protection of their rights.
That faithful to the sacrament of matrimony every Christian family may cultivate the values of love and communion in order to be a small evangelizing community, sensitive and open to the material and spiritual needs of others

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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