CRS Global Solidarity 2018-01-19T14:23:01+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.

February 2018: Putting Our Faith into Action – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

CRS Celebrates 75 years of Caring and Changing Lives. It began in 1943 as War Relief Services, established by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to help war-torn Europe and its refugees recover. As Europe regained balance, the agency looked to other parts of the world, seeking those who could benefit from the assistance of Catholics in the U.S. The next two decades saw CRS expand its operations, opening offices in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. In these and subsequent years, CRS built on its tradition of providing relief in emergency situations. We sought ways to help people in the developing world break the cycle of poverty through community-based, sustainable development initiatives related to agriculture, health and education. Our mission continues to focus on the poor overseas, using the gospel of Jesus Christ as our mandate. Now, as then, CRS relies on our Church community, donors, partners and staff to serve people in need around the world.  Learn more at

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