Put your faith into action.
As we begin our Lenten journey, 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
“The season of Lent is a favorable time to remedy the dissonant chords of our Christian life and to receive the ever new, joyful and hope-filled proclamation of the Lord’s Passover. . . . See and contemplate the real face of Christ crucified out of love for everyone, without exception. For everyone? Yes, for everyone. To see his face is an invitation filled with hope for this Lenten time, in order to defeat the demons of distrust, apathy and resignation. The face that invites us to cry out: ‘The Kingdom of God is possible!’”
– Pope Francis, Homily, February 14, 2018
In the News
The following stories highlight Church leaders’ words and work around recent current events.
- Domestic Justice and Education Chairmen Urge Concrete Actions to Address Scourge of Gun Violence
- Chairmen Call Faithful to Prayer and Action Urging Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act
- U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Urges Immediate “Humane Solution” for Dreamers after Monday’s Supreme Court Decision
- USCCB President, Vice President, and Migration Chair Announce National Call-in Day for Dreamers for February 26
- Bishop Conference President Reaction to Shooting at Florida High School
New Resources for Racial Healing
Several new USCCB resources can assist Catholics to pray and act for racial healing. Perfect for Lent, A Prayer Service for Racial Healing in Our Land (also in Spanish) includes Scripture, reflection, and an examination of conscience to help Catholics call on the Divine Physician, Christ the Lord, to heal the wounds of racism throughout our land. Two new prayers are also available: Prayer to Address the Sin of Racism (also in Spanish) and Prayer to Heal Racial Division (also in Spanish). Find other resources at usccb.org/racism.
PovertyUSA.org and PobrezaUSA.org Feature:
Maps & Data
On the Maps & Data page (click here for Spanish) of the new PovertyUSA.org and PobrezaUSA.org mobile-friendly websites, tens of thousands of data points bring data to your fingertips about your own community. Enter your county and find median household income, deep poverty rate, unemployment rate, median rent, percentage without health insurance, and more. You can also find which CCHD-funded organizations (click here for Spanish) are helping in your community.
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.
- Accompanying Immigrants in the Archdiocese of Washington
- Drone Warfare and Targeted Killings: Moral and Ethical Questions
- How to Navigate Cultural Shifts in Your Parish
- Prayers of Compassion and Hope for the DRC and South Sudan
- Rediscovering My Neighbor
Advocate to Nourish Change, End Global Hunger
Join Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a joint initiative of USCCB and Catholic Relief Services, to urge Congress to support international food security programs authorized in the Farm Bill, which get people emergency food when disasters strike, help communities in poverty grow more of the food they need, conserve natural resources and transform landscapes, and support literacy and education through school lunches. Take action now!
Support the Annual Catholic Relief Services Collection (March 11)
The annual Catholic Relief Services Collection will be held in many dioceses across the country on Laetare Sunday, March 11. The Collection supports Catholic organizations that carry out international relief and solidarity efforts, including relief and resettlement for victims of persecution, war, and natural disasters; development projects to improve living conditions for the poor; legal and support services for poor immigrants; peace and reconciliation work for people suffering from violence; and advocacy on behalf of the powerless. Entities within the USCCB that receive support include the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, the Department of Justice Peace and Human Development, and the Department of Migration and Refugee Services. Other Catholic organizations that receive funds are Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the Holy Father’s Relief Fund.
How to Be a Good Samaritan this Lent
This Lent, CRS Rice Bowl invites us to reflect on the spiritual pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving through the lens of the parable of the Good Samaritan. How can our Lenten journeys help us better love and serve our neighbor—especially the migrant and the refugee? Take a moment to reflect on how the Good Samaritan can inspire you to Share the Journey with a new video series featuring Helen Alvaré of George Mason Law, Hosffman Ospino of Boston College, Lisa Hendey of Catholicmom.com and Bishop Edward Burns of the Diocese of Dallas. Watch the videos now.
As always, thank you for your work to proclaim the Church’s social mission and inspire solidarity with our neighbors, and have a blessed Lent!