ROME – Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist by encouraging priests not to be in a hurry and neglect the moment of silence following the Mass’s opening prayer.
.- When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives.
While some refugee camps offer classes for children, challenges abound and students often fall behind.
Now, a group of Dominican sisters in one Iraqi town is working to help educate displaced children as their families return to their homes and work to rebuild their lives.
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For National Migration Week and through the year, you can use these resources to educate your community and/or parish about migration, reflect on what the church teaches for welcoming newcomers, and share in the journey with our brothers and sisters.
To shop for resources go to: https://tinyurl.com/y7ef7ad5
CRS 2018 Rice Bowl
Are you ready to encounter Lent with CRS Rice Bowl? This Lent, join the more than 14,000 families and faith communities for a faith-filled experience that offers the opportunity to engage daily in the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Ready-made lessons and materials/resources such as prayers, pulpit announcements, prayer intentions, Stations of the Cross, stories of hope, videos and more are available at no cost.
In addition, the Mission Office is offering two free workshops (English and Spanish) to aid you and your team in preparing and implementing the CRS Rice Bowl program without a hitch. Here are the registration links:
English Workshop (Jan. 19 at 8:30 am) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop
Spanish Workshop (Jan. 18 at 6:30 pm) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSTallerPlatodeArroz
For more information please contact the Mission Office at 713-652-8231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plato de Arroz – Programa cuaresmal de fe en acción de Catholic Relief Services
Únete a casi 14,000 comunidades de fe en 180 diócesis alrededor de los Estados Unidos y juntos serviremos a nuestros hermanos y hermanas más necesitados alrededor del mundo mientras formamos a nuestras familias y comunidades de fe en solidaridad global. Te invitamos a ser parte de la Cultura del Encuentro como discípulo misionero con Catholic Relief Services (CRS) esta cuaresma a través del programa Plato de Arroz. El programa consta de lecciones ya listas y materiales/recursos tales como oraciones, Via Crucis, historias de esperanza, videos, etc. disponibles sin costo alguno.
Con el fin de facilitarte la preparación y puesta en acción del programa, la Oficina de Misiones ofrece un taller en español el jueves 18 de enero, 2017 de 6:30 a 9:00 pm. Aquí está el enlace para registrarte:
Otro taller se ofrecerá en inglés el viernes 19 de enero de 8:30 am a 12 del mediodía: http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop
Para mayor información comunícate a la Oficina de Misiones al 713-652-8231, email@example.com.
On the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invited us to, “embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.”
Respond with meaning
Communities can respond to Pope Francis’ invitation by commemorating National Migration Week from January 7-14. National Migration Week is a chance to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants—including immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. It is a special opportunity for the Church in the United States to live out the Share the Journey campaign, a global effort to show love and honor the dignity of our migrant and refugee neighbors.
Visit sharejourney.org to download Justice for Immigrants’ National Migration Week toolkit, including sample petitions and ideas to engage your community.
If you are a Parish Catechetical Leader and would like to become better acquainted on the Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation, we have a free online course designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the Framework, and how to start its implementation in the parish. To access it, simple click this link and register for the course. You may share this link with catechists also. Please note, this training does not replace the catechetical module “Introduction to the Framework.”