CRS Global Solidarity 2017-07-11T09:17:31+00:00

Global Solidarity: Charity begins at home. But as Christians, we are called to reach beyond our individual households and neighborhoods, and to live in spiritual solidarity with our brothers ancrsd sisters in our larger community and throughout the world. And as Catholics, we are given unique opportunities to make these broader connections through Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official global outreach ministry of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Each month, this web page will feature different areas of the world where CRS is serving the poor and vulnerable. This will help us to learn more about these people, to express our solidarity with them, and to specifically pray for them both at home and at Mass.

This Global Solidarity page will also contain information about:

  • CRS Global Emergency Responses to natural or human-made disasters that may occur and call for our immediate attention
  • Rice Bowl – Our Lenten almsgiving opportunity to support the work of CRS
  • Bread for the World Corpus Christi Offering of Letters – our annual opportunity to join with other parishes and congregations in advocating Congress on behalf of the hungry
  • Fair Trade Sales – to help bring consumers into right relationships with producers in other countries

We encourage you to check this page and the parish bulletin regularly for these opportunities to be the compassionate face of Christ to the world.

Focus for July 2017 Giving Hope to a World in Need

Fleeing violence from Boko Haram. When Boko Haram attacked Hadje Malloum’s village in Chad and killed her husband, she fled with their children to Kaya village. Like millions who have fled Boko Haram attacks, she sought shelter and safety in a host community. “We are here to be generous,” says Bay Hassane, who was born and raised in Kaya. But the community’s generosity is limited by a convergence of violent extremism, climate change and poverty, and they often struggle to meet their own needs. CRS is responding to the effects of Boko Haram violence across the region, in Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon. In Chad, CRS works with local Church partners to help 1,000 refugee and host families receive vouchers for two months of food and livestock. The idea is to help people not just survive the emergency period, but to become more resilient. Learn more at crs.org/you-did-it-for-me.

GLOBAL SOLIDARITY PRAYER

As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the upmost importance, an invaluable contribution to helping the poor overseas. It guides our actions, it binds us in solidarity to one another and connects us more deeply with the grace that flows from God.

We invite you to join us in praying the following prayer this month, so our hearts may be one and steadfast as we turn again to the work of the Lord: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick and the captive. It is very important at this critical time in areas of tragedy and violence that U.S. Catholics stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.

PRAYERS – FLEEING VIOLENCE FROM BOKO HARAM:
‘PRAYER FOR PEACE IN AFRICA’S LAKE CHAD BASIN’
LOVING GOD,
We pray for our brothers and sisters in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, who continue to suffer insecurity from the long-term conflict created by Boko Haram. May they receive your life-giving gift of peace.

May our prayers and support provide hope and relief to those
who are displaced from their homes, especially the children who face hunger and illness.

Give comfort to your people in the Lake Chad Basin, and to all who are struggling with uncertainty for the future. Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, and protect those committed to peace.

We ask this through your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Amen.

Adapted from Prayer for Drought Relief in East Africa, Walk with Me, Catholic Relief Services

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions:

Global Solidarity Ambassador for St. Thomas Aquinas Parish: Jacqueline Griswold, jackgriz@indy.rr.com,  317-254-9646