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 March 2017

The Mission of Catholic Relief Services is to carry out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching.  PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT and, SERVE CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, they with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

Catholic Relief Services’ ongoing emergency response and recovery activities around the world is possible thanks to the generous
support of private and public donors, the dedication of local partners, and the unwavering presence of Caritas and the local Catholic Church. Look at the parish website for a summary of all the good work being done in response to African drought and refugee displacement. Learn more at www.crs.org.

CRS emergency response efforts after Hurricane Matthew (Oct2016), are shown in a new YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzo_ica-MRU&feature=youtu.be Haiti Hurricane Matthew Response showing the impact of the CRS emergency response to date.

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


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