Put your faith into action.
This edition of “Notes for Neighbors” can help you put faith in action by loving your neighbor in your own back yard and on the other side of the globe. We hope you will enjoy these resources and share them with others.
Featured Quote from Pope Francis
“Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43). The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future.”
– Pope Francis, Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018
In the News
The following stories highlight Church leaders’ words and work around recent current events.
- Press releases in solidarity with hurricane and earthquake victims on Sept. 20, Sept. 14, Sept. 12, Sept. 9, Sept. 8, Aug. 31, Aug. 29, and Aug. 27.
- Press releases on DACA on Sept. 12, Sept. 5 and Aug. 30.
- Press releases on work against racism on Sept. 12 and Sept. 1
- U.S. Bishops Call for Solidarity and Conversion Ahead of World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
- Labor Day Statement Calls for Action at Time of Crisis and Opportunity
- Joint Letter to Congress: 33 Organizations Urge Passage of Conscience Protection Act of 2017
From ToGoForth.org, blog of the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development
Here are some recent blog posts that may be of interest to you.
- Racial Justice and Peacebuilding: A Perspective from the Joy of the Gospel
- Engaging in Authentic Encounter: A Lesson from 5th Graders (on Catholic-Muslim encounter)
- Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and Racism
- 6 Ways You Can Celebrate the Season of Creation
- How Can You Honor Workers? A Perspective from Austin
- Jesus, Healer of Wounds and Source of Mercy
Take Action to Protect Health Care for Poor and Vulnerable People
The Senate is once again considering a bill that would repeal and possibly replace the Affordable Care Act. The “Graham-Cassidy” legislation will harm poor and struggling families because it risks loss of coverage for millions and will limit the quality of health care for those currently assisted by the Medicaid program. Learn more and take action now.
The New U.S. Poverty Statistics and Our Catholic Response
Every September, the Census Bureau releases its updated statistics on income and poverty. Understanding and utilizing this data can help guide our advocacy efforts and improve our educational outreach. Join us Wed., Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss the statistics and what it all means for people struggling to make ends meet. Register now!
Apply Now for Diversity Scholarships to Catholic Social Ministry Gathering 2018
In order to develop leaders from diverse Catholic communities for ministry in the Church, partial scholarships are being made available to attend the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (Feb. 3-6, 2018) as part of the CSMG Diversity Outreach Initiative. Both an application and a recommendation are required in order to be considered for a scholarship. Deadline: November 10, 2017.
Bilingual Webinar Recording: “Why Advocacy is Essential for Hispanic Missionary Disciples”
This new webinar from the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development and the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM), explored how the Gospel and our long, rich Catholic tradition call Hispanic missionary disciples to put faith in action, and highlighted examples from around the U.S. Watch the recording here. The webinar preceded a national conference on November 6-9, which will bring diocesan Hispanic ministry directors to Washington, DC to engage in training and advocacy on issues that impact members of the Hispanic community.
New Prayer for Immigrants
Join us in praying for families of mixed status, victims of racism, migrant laborers, young people brought to the U.S. as children, and all who are in the shadows. The Hear Us, O God prayer is also in Spanish.
Share the Journey/Comparte el Camino
On Sept. 27, 2017, Pope Francis will launch a two-year worldwide campaign in support of migrants and refugees. In the U.S., the campaign is being implemented by USCCB, CRS and Catholic Charities USA. Catholics around the world can join the launch to generate widespread media attention to the Church’s support and commitment to Share the Journey of migrants and refugees. Oct. 7-13 will be a week of prayer and action for U.S. Catholics. On social media, use #ShareJourney and #ComparteElCamino. Youth can participate in the 2017-18 CCHD Creating on the Margins contest themed “Share the Journey of Young Migrants and Refugees” (also en Español).
Know Your Rights Video/Public Service Announcement
In response to the ongoing ICE enforcement actions against sponsors of unaccompanied immigrant children, USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services has developed a short Know Your Rights video/PSA for parents and other sponsors of unaccompanied children. These videos are now available in English and Spanish on the Justice for Immigrants website.
Action Alert to Support DREAM Act of 2017
The Dream Act of 2017 is a bipartisan effort intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the U.S. as children and know this country as their only home. The bills offer qualifying immigrant youth “conditional permanent resident status” and a path to full lawful permanent residency and eventual citizenship. Take action now.
October is Respect Life Month
Materials are available here to celebrate Respect Life Sunday (Oct. 1) and month (October), including bulletin inserts and brochures on six topics, digital resources, a leaders’ toolkit, and more. This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid.” To order print materials, visit the online store or call toll-free 866-582-0943.
Catholic Mobilizing Network Respect Life Month Toolkit
For Respect Life Month, Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) has created a Respect Life Month Toolkit to educate, advocate, and pray to end the death penalty, which is one of six topics being highlighted by the USCCB during Respect Life Month. The CMN toolkit includes a vigil for an execution, a pro-life prayer service, social media ideas, bulletin articles, and the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty.