Sunday, March 17, 2013

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of March 17, 2013

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, ( Fifth Sunday in Lent    we read from the Gospel of  John about Jesus’ encounter with a woman caught in adultery.  Of course, the leaders want to confound Jesus with trick questions.  But Jesus does not play their game.  Rather, Jesus reminds us all that we too are sinners and are in great need of forgiveness.  The leaders left one by one as Jesus wrote in the dirt...who knows what he was doodling?  Maybe references to their sins?  Maybe His silence allowed them to rethink their charges and their trickery?   Jesus lives out the promise of the prophet Isaiah in that God is “doing something new!”  As St Paul writes, he too has given up his past life -- as a lost -- only to find hope in Christ Jesus as meaning all to him.  So too may we find a “new way” to be a follower of Jesus in our own lives, and live a life as one who is radically forgiven and as a radical forgiver.


Catholic Charities  ( is  a place that persons and families come to in order to find hope and and welcoming attitude.  Such persons come knowing that maybe they did not make the best decisions in the past; maybe they are afraid that we, as the Church, will tell them that they are wrong and reject them.  As Catholic Charities, we live out the call of discipleship  and work with people where they are at...and bring to them the joy of the love of God.  Thanks for your constant support to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church (  we give persons, families and communities hope that they too will find welcome and compassion, even though they may have made mistakes in the past.  Through your gifts, we can help make a person or a family’s life “something new!”  That is Good News indeed!

Reflection from Church Documents and Official Statements

Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message

Some important date(s) this week:

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 19.  Solemnity of St. Joseph

The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.
When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” One, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not.

By saying Joseph was “just,” the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.

The rest we can easily surmise. Think of the kind of love with which he wooed and won Mary, and the depth of the love they shared during their marriage.

It is no contradiction of Joseph’s manly holiness that he decided to divorce Mary when she was found to be with child. The important words of the Bible are that he planned to do this “quietly” because he was “a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame” (Matthew 1:19).

The just man was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to God—in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage.



CRS Rice Bowl brings Lent to life.

CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten faith formation program that helps us to live in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world.
We pray to reflect on what type of person we are called to be.
We fast to remove the things that get between us and God, and to remember those without enough to eat.
We give to honor Jesus’ call to serve those in need.

Twenty five percent of the Rice Bowl collection remain in the Diocese to fund Catholic Charities and various parish efforts to feed the hungry.  Seventy five percent goes to CRS for their work in global food security.

MARCH 2013
Respect for Nature. That respect for nature may grow with the awareness that all creation is God's work entrusted to human responsibility.

Clergy. That bishops, priests, and deacons may be tireless messengers of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

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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