Saturday, June 6, 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 (Tenth Sunday, Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity, Cycle B) we read the end of the Gospel of Matthew, wherein Jesus gives his great commission: "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." We know that Jesus' two greatest commandments that He continued to witness and teach were: love God and love your neighbor.

In Catholic Charities we continue to witness to that love of God and love of neighbor in an organized manner. We help others to find ways to share their love of God and neighbor by offering opportunities to volunteer and give of their talent and treasure. Catholic Charities is an integral part of this great commission to proclaim the Good News by providing help and creating hope.

Some important date(s) this week:

Sunday June 7 to Friday June 12: Pray for Rachel, Diana and Debbie as their attend the annual Catholic Charities USA Leadership Institute.

Tuesday, June 9. Father Ed Brienz leads a series of groups to New Orleans to work on re-building homes and families. Pray for their success.

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

Reflection: As children of the Father, united in Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit, we can raise up struggling families with simple acts of kindness.

Prayer Intention: That in drawing on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Christians everywhere see themselves as children of God, and lead others to the kindness and hope found in Christ Jesus.


JUNE 2008
That Christians may cultivate a deep and personal friendship with Christ so they are able to communicate the strength of His love to those they encounter
That the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, Canada, may lead to ever deeper understanding of the Eucharist, the heart of the Church and source of evangelization.

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

Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit those in prison
Bury the dead

See our website at for links to the our ministries and services.

For more information on Catholic Social Doctrine and its connection to our ministries, visit my blog at:

peace, brian

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