Sunday, June 1, 2014

MONDAY MORNING MISSION MEDITATION for the week of June 1, 2014

Catholic Charities. Providing Help. Creating Hope. 

God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. (Ps 47:6)

On Sunday, (Ascension of the Lord;   ) we read from the Gospel of Matthew about Jesus’s final sending forth: “Go..make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  Jesus concludes His time with us as He ascends to the Father: “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord (typically celebrated on Thursday, after 40 days from the Resurrection).  We know that we are not orphans; we have a profound faith that Jesus is with us “until the end of the age” as He lives eternally with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  We too are called to continue that ministry of Jesus to heal and love others.

Catholic Charities  ( continues that ministry of the Church by witnessing to God’s love in all of our services and programs.  We are filled with joy and hope knowing that Jesus is with us “until the end of the age” and will send His Spirit as our Advocate.  Catholic Charities is grounded in that faith, hope and love that Jesus shared and commissions us to continue to give to each other, as brothers and sisters. Through your gifts of time, treasure and talent through Catholic Charities and the Bishop’s Appeal (   you help the Church continue that ministry of Jesus to witness to the Good News.  Thanks for your on-going support.

Reflection from Church Documents and Official Statements

Pope Francis: Evangelii Gaudium

55. One cause of this situation is found in our relationship with money, since we calmly accept its dominion over ourselves and our societies. The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption.

Some important date(s) this week:

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4  St. Francis Caracciolo (1563-1608)
A medical crisis that proved to be a false alarm changed the life of this 16th-century saint. At age 22 Francis developed a troublesome skin disease resembling leprosy—one of the most dreaded diseases of the day.

He vowed that if he recovered he would devote his life to God. The skin condition cleared up completely. Convinced his recovery was miraculous, Francis kept his promise to God.
He studied for the priesthood in Naples. There he befriended a man who wanted to establish a new religious community that would focus on both the active and the contemplative life. Francis helped draw up Rules for the new Order of the Minor Clerks Regular. Members of the Order agreed among themselves never to seek leadership within the group, though Francis was elected many times to serve in such positions.
Even in his capacity as superior of the Order, he insisted on sharing simple tasks: sweeping rooms, making beds, washing dishes. As a priest Francis spent many hours in the confessional. He also begged in the streets for the poor and gave away most of his possessions to the needy.
Francis died in 1608. He is the patron saint of Naples.

For daily readings, visit USCCB Website (  


Spring Storm Relief Fund     
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown, working in collaboration with Catholic Charities USA – the official domestic disaster agency of the US Catholic Bishops – is accepting donations to assist families and communities that have been impacted by the recent storms and tornadoes.  Visit for more information or on line donations.



  • Unemployed. That the unemployed may receive support and find the work they need to live in dignity.
  • Faith in Europe.  That Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers.

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

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) 

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