Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis: “In recent centuries, millions of people came to America to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of America, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants.” Pope Francis’ address to Congress, 9/2015

Mother Teresa Was Canonized September 4th, 2016: “Globally revered by both Christians and non-Christians for her lifetime of service to the world’s most destitute and sick, Mother Teresa worked in the slums of Calcutta, India. Pope Francis described her as an ‘eloquent witness to God’s closeness to the poorest of the poor.’ His formal declaration marks a highlight for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, in which he recognizes the nun as an icon of mercy.” Emma Bowman, NPR, 9/4/16

Helping the Homeless in WW: The temporary homeless camp near the Veterans’ Memorial Golf Course is thriving, with the help of the City of WW and the WW Alliance for the Homeless. 24 residents have successfully adopted rules and elected leaders. Present needs include more tents, large enough for 2 persons or more, tarps 8 ft. X 10 ft. or larger, warm sleeping bags for winter, men’s & women’s underwear, medium & large, and socks. If you have items to donate, please contact Beth Call,529-0216,

Feed the Hungry: Coming soon! On September 17,18, bags to be returned with groceries, will be handed out after Mass for our special food liturgy of Sept.24,25, in honor of St. Vincent de Paul, friend of the poor, whose feast is September 27. Food offerings will be placed in front of the altar. Meanwhile please keep bringing your much needed weekly offerings of non-perishable foods and cash donations to the BMAC food bank. They can stretch cash donations to buy 6X as many groceries!

Tri-Parish Community Garden at Assumption: Many thanks to Nancy Wenzel and volunteers for putting so much effort into the garden! Many have enjoyed healthier meals because of you. Volunteers welcome to work and harvest every Tuesday evening, 5:30-dusk.

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