Sunday, April 5, 2009


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: 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. Committed to work 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 (Palm Sunday Cycle B) we read in the Gospel of Mark about the Passion and Death of Jesus the Christ. The readings for this Sunday help us reflect upon the humanity of Jesus as related to His Divinity. Jesus witnesses the nature and power of unconditional love by his sacrifice. We are called to do no less as persons who serve in the name of the Church.

Through Catholic Charities persons who come to us seeking material or emotional assistance find that loving presence of God in our work. We bring a healing touch based on love for each person and family we encounter. We know also that sometimes our advocacy on policy and our moral positions may not be in conformity with general norms of society and some disagree with us. But strengthen by the Spirit, we continue to proclaim the truth about human flourishing regardless of public opinion polls. We proclaim that each person is made in God's Image and provide respect and love to each and every individual regardless of their situation or need. That radical belief forms the basis of our continued work in the name of Jesus the Christ.

Some important date(s) this week:

Daily Lenten Resources can be found at:
US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Charities USA

THURSDAY, APRIL 9. Holy Thursday. Liturgy of the Chrism Mass, 10:30 at St. Columba Cathedral. Mass of the Lord's Supper at parishes throughout the diocese.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10. Good Friday

SATURDAY, APRIL 11. Holy Saturday. Vigil of the Resurrection.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12. Easter.

Sharing Hope In Tough Times: Catholic Charities Responds to Families Facing Economic Crisis

Reflection: Jesus never sought worldly glory; He humbly accepted help from Simon of Cyrene while carrying His cross. Don’t be afraid to allow your Simon help you make ends meet.

Prayer Intention: That we learn to graciously help others as they carry their daily burdens, and that we are humble enough to accept help from others when we are carrying ours.


April 2009
General: That the Lord may bless the farmers with an abundant harvest and sensitise the richer populations to the drama of hunger in the world

Mission: That the Christians who work in areas where the conditions of the poor, the weak and the women and children are most tragic, may be signs of hope, thanks to their courageous testimony to the Gospel of solidarity and love.

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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