Sunday, July 21, 2013

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of July 21, 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, (Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time    we read from the Gospel of Luke about Jesus’ encounter with his friends Martha and Mary.  Each woman responds a bit differently to Jesus’ visit to their home:  one is busy being a great host; the other stops and listens intently to Jesus’ words.  Both know that they are in the presence of someone special -- a guest, the Son of God among us -- and respond.  Jesus encourages Martha to not become so worried, but to be present in God’s Presence and be open to the Word.  Both women celebrate Jesus’ presence with hunger and openness.  So too we read in the first reading from Genesis about the three men who visit Abraham and Sarah.  God’s Presence is among His people, and Sarah and Abraham too react by preparing a choice meal with their three quests.  The three guests promise their hosts a promise:  Sarah will soon have a son - a gift.

Catholic Charities  ( continues to open its doors to anyone who visits.  We believe that as each person is made in the image and likeness of God, we know that each and every person is a special encounter.  Many of our staff and volunteers truly open their doors and work to help each client find the resources they may need.  All are welcome.  So too, we know and believe that not only is material assistance important, but nourishment for the soul is also sought.  Catholic Charities continues to pray for each person, family and community we encounter, believing that truly God is among us.  Thanks to your generous support to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church ( we continue to bring this Good News -- that each person is made in the Image of Likeness of God and all are welcome.

Reflection from Church Documents and Official Statements

POPE FRANCIS:  On the Good Samaritan

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, July 14, 2013 (

Angelus at the Papal Residence of Castel Gandolfo.
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Dear brothers and sisters, hello!
Today our Sunday gathering for the Angelus is here at Castel Gandolfo. I greet the inhabitants of this beautiful little town! I would like to thank you above all for your prayers, and I thank all of you many pilgrims who have come here for you prayers too.
Today’s Gospel, from chapter 10 of Luke, is the famous parable of the good Samaritan. Who was this man? He was anyone, coming down from Jerusalem to Jericho on the road through the Judean desert. On that road a man has just been assailed by brigands, robbed, beaten and left half-dead. Before the Samaritan there pass by a priest and a Levite, two people who are in charge of worship in the Lord’s Temple. They see that poor man but keep going and do not stop. The Samaritan, when he saw the man, instead “had compassion for him” (Luke 10:33) the Gospel says. He came to him, treated his wounds, pouring oil and wine upon them; then he put him on his animal, took him to a hotel and paid for his room... In short, he took care of him: it is the example of love of neighbor. But why does Jesus choose a Samaritan as the protagonist of the parable? Because the Samaritans were despised by the Jews on account of different religious traditions; and yet Jesus shows that the heart of that Samaritan is good and generous and that – unlike the priest and the Levite – he puts into practice the will of God, who desires mercy more than sacrifices (cf. Mark 12:33). God always wants mercy for everyone and not condemnation. He wants the mercy of the heart because he is merciful and well understands our suffering, our difficulties and even our sins. He gives to all of us this merciful heart! The Samaritan does just this: he simply imitates the mercy of God, mercy toward those in need.
A man who fully lived this Gospel of the good Samaritan is the saint whom we remember today: St. Camillus de Lellis, founder of the Ministers to the Sick, patron of the sick and healthcare workers. St. Camillus died on July 14, 1614: precisely today begins the 4th century since his death, which will culminate in one year. I greet with affection all the sons and spiritual daughters of St. Camillus, who live his charism of charity and daily contact with the sick. You are like good Samaritans! I pray that doctors, the infirm and those who work in hospitals and care centers will be animated by the same spirit. Let us entrust this intention to Mary Most Holy.
And there is another intention that I would like to entrust to Our Lady together with all of you. World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro is coming up soon. There are many young people here according to age, but all of you are young at heart! I will leave in 8 days, but many young people will leave for Brazil earlier. Let us pray then for this great pilgrimage that is beginning, that Our Lady of Aparecida, patroness of Brazil, guide the steps of the participants and open their hearts to welcome the message Christ will give them.

Some important date(s) this week:

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

FRIDAY, JULY 26.  Saints Ann and Joachim

In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names Joachim and Anne come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died.

The heroism and holiness of these people, however, is inferred from the whole family atmosphere around Mary in the Scriptures. Whether we rely on the legends about Mary’s childhood or make guesses from the information in the Bible, we see in her a fulfillment of many generations of prayerful persons, herself steeped in the religious traditions of her people.

The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family that looked forward to the next generation even while retaining the best of the past.

Joachim and Anne—whether these are their real names or not—represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure.


This is the “feast of grandparents.” It reminds grandparents of their responsibility to establish a tone for generations to come: They must make the traditions live and offer them as a promise to little children. But the feast has a message for the younger generation as well. It reminds the young that older people’s greater perspective, depth of experience and appreciation of life’s profound rhythms are all part of a wisdom not to be taken lightly or ignored.


“...[T]he family is the foundation of society. In it the various generations come together and help one another to grow wise and to harmonize personal rights with the other requirements of social life” (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 52).

Patron Saint of:
Pregnant women
Women in labor


Welcome to our Summer Interns:  Catholic Charities is proud to have 2 interns this summer

1.  Marie Voitus: Panera-thon..come join us...

Marie Voitus -- a senior at Walsh University -- is working with Catholic Charities and the HMHP Foundation to organize teams for the upcoming August 25 PANERATHON and to help raise awareness of the benefits of the Panerathon and the work of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center located at St. E's.  This is part of our Catholic sponsored health care ministry.

The easiest way for you to help this cause and support the efforts is to join the Panerathon. 100% of all proceeds directly support the Joanie Abdu Breast Care Center through grant funded program, Joanie’s Promise so more women can get breast care including screenings and services. Ohio has the 4th highest mortality rate for breast cancer, but with your support we can continue to provide preventative care to uninsured or under-insured women who are eligible financially.  Since the first year of the Panerathon over 13,500 people have participated in raising half a million dollars to support the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center and Joanie’s Promise.

The Catholic Diocese would like to start a team to participate for the event; we hope you would join us in this event to help support this valley and their fight against breast cancer. To sign up for the Panerathon, teams must consist of five people or more and can get registered online

If you would like more information about teams, feel free to contact Marie Voitus at 330.480.3055 or

The race is August 25, 2013 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
10k individual cost: $30 pre-registration, $35 day of race
2 mile individual run/walk: $25 pre-registration: $30 day of race
TEAM REGISTRATION: $20 per person
*Register online at and save $5*

2)  Fadi Mashhour Bataha:  Fair Trade and Language Education

Fadi Mashhour Bataha, a recent top ranked graduate in computer science from the Bethlehem University in Bethlehem/West Bank/Palestine, will work with Catholic Charities and the Office of Religious Education to develop a fair trade marketing plan for our Fair Trade Tienda, and will assist staff in the Catholic Charities Legal Immigration Office to study Arabic.  Fadi is one of seven interns sponsored by Catholic Charities USA, and we are very excited to have him here for a month.

2013 Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church.  

The in Church/parish appeal is now underway.  Please consider a gift to help support the work of Catholic Charities and other ministries of the Diocese of Youngstown


World Youth Day. That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel.

Asia. That throughout Asia doors may be open to messengers of the Gospel.

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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