Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis invoked Martin Luther King in his speech to Congress, Sept.15, 2015. Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16: Excerpts from I Have a Dream Speech: “I still have a dream, deeply rooted in the American dream, that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’…I have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls, as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!”

MLK Day is an excellent opportunity to volunteer for community service.

The Warming Center will be holding another training session soon. Trained volunteers are badly needed to supervise the center from 7pm -7 am, especially with the prolonged cold spell. Volunteers who have not yet attended a training session can help set up a welcoming warm snack at 6 pm & help cleanup from 6 am-8 am. Contact kristen@unitedwayww.org, 529-1183, PO Box 1134. Cash donations, warm blankets, socks, gloves, hats are also in great demand. Leave items at Warming Center, First Congregational Church, Palouse & Alder, parking lot entrance, 5:30-6:30 pm when Center is open, under 25 degrees with precipitation, or in bin at WWUB office, M-F, 9 am-5 pm.

GOTR homeless tent camp needs large tarps, warm tents, fire-wood, cash donations. Please bring from noon-5, M-F.

Christian Aid can always use food donations & volunteers to help prepare meals.

St. Vincent de Paul would welcome more volunteers to help with food bank & other services.

Catholic Charities offers volunteer services to help with various chores, home repair.

Food and cash donations to BMAC & St. Vincent de Paul food banks: Please remember to bring much needed non-perishable foods every Sunday, especially in this freezing weather.

Tri-Parish Social Concerns Committee: Meeting Tues, Jan. 17, 7 pm, at St. Patrick’s, St. John of the Cross Room. At the Ministries Fair in November many expressed interest in being a part of the So-cial Concerns Committee. Please come share your energy & ideas!

Please pray that our country will welcome and show compassion for everyone. “Whatever you do for one of these, the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me.”

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