Sunday, April 13, 2014

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of April 13, 2014

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) 

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (PS 22:2a)

On Sunday, (Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion  ) we read from the Gospel of  Matthew about the last meal, trial, passion, crucifixion and death  of Jesus the Christ.  The great hymn of the Letter to the Philippians cries out Jesus’ message and life: “Though he was in the form of God, did not regarding equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:6ff).  Yet we know that on the third day a new moment will explode:  He is Risen and “because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name… the glory of God the Father.”

Catholic Charities  ( works with many persons, families and communities who struggle oftentimes just to make ends meet.  Sometimes we see clients who are so distraught and distressed that they fear no hope is in store for them.  As a ministry and service of the Church, we do the best we can -- either through our own resources or in combination with other collaborating agencies and parishes -- to help them get through their fears.  We are reminded that as Jesus become one of us -- flesh in the world -- that God knows and understands our fears, anxieties, dreads and pain.  Today’s celebration and remembrance of Jesus’ passion and death reminds us to acknowledge our own pain and sufferings and to unite them with the Lord in our time of need.  But we also know that death is not the final answer:  Jesus rises from the tomb giving new hope, new life, new joy.  Catholic Charities shares that joy and offers love and hope to each person we encounter.  During this Holy Week, remember our  RICE BOWL Collection ( ) on Holy Thursday that provides food security to millions of persons around the world.  Also your gifts of time, treasure and talent through Catholic Charities and the Bishop’s Appeal (   helps the Church give that joy and hope to thousands of persons right here in our Diocese.  Thanks.

Reflection from Church Documents and Official Statements

Pope Francis' Lenten Message 2014

"The Gospel is the real antidote to spiritual destitution"

Dear brothers and sisters. . .may the Holy Spirit, through whom we are "as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything" (2 Cor 6:10), sustain us in our resolutions and increase our concern and responsibility for human destitution, so that we can become merciful and act with mercy. In expressing this hope, I likewise pray that each individual member of the faithful and every Church community will undertake a fruitful Lenten journey. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you safe.

Some important date(s) this week:

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

Visit for more information on Liturgical celebrations at the Cathedral of St. Columba.

For daily readings, visit USCCB Website (  


Lent  ends on Holy Thursday..the day of the Rice Bowl collection. Catholic Relief Services RICE BOWL created an APP for your smart phone/tablet.  (   Please consider using this guide for your daily acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Consider an online donation at



  • Ecology and Justice.  That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
  • Hope for the Sick.  That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

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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