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.
For over 43 million Americans, there is a thin line: between eviction and home, between hunger and health, between unemployment and work, between anxiety and stability. This line is the Poverty Line. For a family of four, that line is $24,257 a year. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2015.)
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes.
Together, we can make a difference in families and communities across the United States. Please donate prayerfully and generously. Thank you.
When it comes to practicing our faith, Lent is a time of heightened intensity. With Lent upon us, I’m pleased to offer these 40 Lenten activities.
40 Ideas for 40 Days calendarThese activities come from a variety of sources: from my own experience as a catechist, from various websites that I credit accordingly, and from catechists like you who shared their creative ideas with me. The activities are grounded in the symbols, Scripture readings, devotions, and traditions of the Lenten season. Be sure to check this calendar each day to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting.
May this Lent be a time of heightened focus on faith formation for you and for those you teach!
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In this week’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist described as “A voice of one crying out in the desert,” If you would like to watch a video regarding today’s Gospel messae go to: http://bcove.me/7hqrft6f
What exactly is the Octave of Christmas? It is the first eight days of the Christmas Season which begins on Christmas Day and ends on the Baptism of the Lord which falls on January 10th this year. To learn more about the Octave of Christmas go to the Catholic Connection and read the article by Fr. Matthew Long. http://www.thecatholicconnection.org/?p=2180
In the midst of the celebration of the Christmas Season, today we remember the Holy Innocents, Martyrs. These male children who were two years old or younger were martyred by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus whom the three magi described as the newborn king. (Matthew 2:16-18). The Holy Innocents remind us of how cruel sin can be. In order to defeat such cruelty and sin, Christ was born.