Sunday, February 12, 2012

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of February 19, 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 (Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, B we read in the Gospel of  Mark about Jesus’ healing of a leper.  Jesus brings healing and wholeness to that person: not only did he have a physical ailment, but his disease placed him outside of the community.  He had to live in isolation away from any social relationships.  Jesus heals his disease, and invites him to be part of the community, again.  The Kingdom of God proclaimed by Jesus invites all to the table.  Jesus invites all of us to be healed.  

In Catholic Charities ,  we continue the healing ministry of Jesus by helping persons and families find hope, comfort, assistance and a means to reconnect to the community.  On February 11 each year, the Vatican celebrates World Day of the Sick.  The Holy Father publishes a statement   (              engaging Catholics and others of good will, in praying for the sick, prayer for care takers and for all medical personnel.  The Holy Father links this Annual Day with today’s Gospel reading:  “The faith of the lone leper who, on seeing that he was healed, full of amazement and joy, and unlike the others, immediately went back to Jesus to express his gratitude, enables us to perceive that reacquired health is a sign of something more precious than mere physical healing, it is a sign of the salvation that God gives us through Christ; it finds expression in the words of Jesus: your faith has saved you. He who in suffering and illness prays to the Lord is certain that God’s love will never abandon him, and also that the love of the Church, the extension in time of the Lord’s saving work, will never fail. Physical healing, an outward expression of the deepest salvation, thus reveals the importance that man – in his entirety of soul and body – has for the Lord. Each sacrament, for that matter, expresses and actuates the closeness of God himself, who, in an absolutely freely-given way, “touches us through material things … that he takes up into his service, making them instruments of the encounter between us and himself” (Homily, Chrism Mass, 1 April 2010). “The unity between creation and redemption is made visible. The sacraments are an expression of the physicality of our faith, which embraces the whole person, body and soul” (Homily, Chrism Mass, 21 April 2011). “

Reflection from Church Documents and Official Statements

Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace

On the structural level, in the latter part of the last century, monetary and financial activities worldwide grew much more rapidly than the production of goods and services. In this context, the quality of credit tended to decrease to the point that it exposed the credit institutions to more risk than was reasonably sustainable. It is sufficient to look at the fate of large and small credit institutions during the crises that broke out in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally in the 2008 crisis.

Again in the last part of the twentieth century, there was a growing tendency to define the strategic directions of economic and financial policy in terms of ‘clubs’ and of larger or smaller groups of more developed countries. While not denying the positive aspects of this approach, it is impossible to overlook that it did not appear to respect the representative principle fully, in particular of the less developed or emerging countries.

The need to heed the voices of a greater number of countries has led to expanding the relevant groups; for instance, there is now a G20 where there was once just a G7. This has been a positive development because it became possible to include developing and emerging countries with larger populations in shaping the economy and global finance.

Some important date(s) this week:

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

SUNDAY February 12.  Annual White Mass Celebration with Bishop Murry, SJ. Cathedral of St. Columba, Youngstown OH, 10:30 AM.  The White Mass celebrates the ministry of Catholic health care providers and practitioners.  See Annual Message of the Vatican on World Day of the Sick (February 11).

See Bishop Murry’s Statement on recent HHS Ruling on mandated “services” and his call to action


MEN WHO COOK:  Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties invites you to the Annual Men Who Cook Event.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Immaculate Conception Parish Hall
251 W. Spruce St.  Ravenna, OH
Tickets are $40.00 and can be purchased by calling 330-297-7745
Funds raised support our Financial Assistance and First Step Programs.      

February 2012

General Intention: Access to Water.
That all peoples may have access to water and other resources needed for daily life.

Missionary Intention: Health Workers.
That the Lord may sustain the efforts of health workers assisting the sick and elderly in the world's poorest regions.

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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