CRS Global Solidarity 2017-11-04T17:29:40+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.

November 2017: Giving Hope to a World in Need – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 

Give the Gift of Hope this Christmas. Christmas is a time to give thanks to God for the love he showed in sending His only Son. As we navigate a world overtaken by consumerism, conflict and poverty, we can reconcile the joy of giving with our call to do good. We invite you to give the Gift of Hope through the CRS gift catalog. Doing so will brighten the faces of your loves ones, and also the lives of those most in need. Your gift can provide prenatal care and ensure a baby’s safe delivery, or provide a village their first taste of clean water. You can give chickens to a hungry family or send a modified bicycle to a child with disabilities, enabling her to get to school. The many items in the catalog represent real goods and services delivered by CRS to more than 121 million people in 112 countries. When you give, CRS will send your loved one a customized note card, so they know the impact of your generosity. For a lifesaving gift visit

Global Solidarity Ambassador for St. Thomas Aquinas: Jacqueline Griswold, 317-254-9646,