Friday, June 10, 2011

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of June 12, 2011

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 (Solemnity of Pentecost, Year A we read in the Gospel of John about Jesus’ appearance to his disciples on his day of resurrection. The apostles were in a locked room, fearful. Jesus grants them his peace, not once but twice. Jesus tells his disciples that He is sending them as his Father sent Him. Jesus then breathes the Holy Spirit on them. We read in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles that Jesus’ once fearful followers are now in the streets proclaiming the Good News as the Spirit blows upon the community: the Church. Today we celebrate that birthday of the Church that continues today.

In Catholic Charities , we continue as an essential part of that Church born today on Pentecost to bring Good News of hope, love and joy. We read in the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians that we are all one body in the Spirit, and each is given gift(s) to share for the building up of the Kingdom of God. In Catholic Charities we celebrate and recognize in each one of the persons we serve that each is given a gift in the Spirit. We are all called to contribute our gifts to help build that Kingdom of God. It is our hope that as we work with each person/family, that we help them see their own gifts in the Spirit and how each person has dignity. We too must not be afraid, locked in a room. Rather, with the knowledge that the Spirit is with us, we are called to be witnesses to the Good News that God loves each person unconditionally.

Reflection from Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate

Finance, therefore — through the renewed structures and operating methods that have to be designed after its misuse, which wreaked such havoc on the real economy — now needs to go back to being an instrument directed towards improved wealth creation and development. Insofar as they are instruments, the entire economy and finance, not just certain sectors, must be used in an ethical way so as to create suitable conditions for human development and for the development of peoples. It is certainly useful, and in some circumstances imperative, to launch financial initiatives in which the humanitarian dimension predominates. However, this must not obscure the fact that the entire financial system has to be aimed at sustaining true development. Above all, the intention to do good must not be considered incompatible with the effective capacity to produce goods. Financiers must rediscover the genuinely ethical foundation of their activity, so as not to abuse the sophisticated instruments which can serve to betray the interests of savers. Right intention, transparency, and the search for positive results are mutually compatible and must never be detached from one another. If love is wise, it can find ways of working in accordance with provident and just expediency, as is illustrated in a significant way by much of the experience of credit unions. (par. 65a)

Some important date(s) this week:

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

Veni Creator Spiritus ("Come creator Spirit") is a hymn normally sung in Gregorian Chant. It is believed to have been written by Rabanus Maurus in the 9th century. The hymn is normally associated with the Roman Catholic Church, where it is performed during the liturgical celebration of the feast of Pentecost (at both Terce and Vespers). It is also sung at occasions such as the entrance of Cardinals to the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope, as well as the consecration of bishops, the ordination of priests, the confirmation of children, the dedication of churches, the celebration of synods or councils, the coronation of kings and other solemn events

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav'nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made

O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav'nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

Thursday, June 16. Catholic Charities Staff Day. Reflections on the corporal works of mercy, the Catholic Charities Code of Ethics, and our Campaign to Reduce Poverty in Half by 2020


Catholic Charities provides Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) services to help low-to-moderate income individuals and families access the public benefits, tax credits and work supports for which they are eligible. For more information, contact the Catholic Charities agency nearest you.



General Intention: That priests, united to the Heart of Christ, may always be true witnesses of the caring and merciful love of God.

Missionary Intention: That the Holy Spirit may bring forth from our communities numerous missionary vocations, willing to fully consecrate themselves to spreading the Kingdom of God.

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

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