Catholic Social Concerns Ministry

Pope Francis: “Health is not a consumer good but a universal right. So health care cannot be a privilege for a few, for those who can afford it.”

Action: Let your Congressional Representatives know if you support health care for all, including Medicare for those 65 and older, and Medicaid for lower income Americans.

The Warming Center will be holding another training session soon. Volunteers and cash donations to United Way, Warming Center, PO Box 1134, are badly needed. This winter is the coldest in WW in recent years; lives depend on the Center being open at the First Congregational Church, Palouse & Alder. The Center has already been open over 30 days this season, as compared to 20 for the entire season in the past 3 years since it opened. Decaf coffee, disposable coffee cups, plates, spoons, forks, sugar packets, juice boxes, are also needed. Bring to parking lot door, 5:30-6:30 pm, on days Warming Center is open when temperature is below 20 degrees or 25 with precipitation.

GOTR homeless tent camp needs firewood, large tarps, warm socks, gloves, hats, underwear, tents, boots, and cash donations. Please bring donations to camp from noon-5, M-F.

Feed the Hungry: Please remember to bring much needed nonperishable foods for St. Vincent’s & BMAC food banks every Sunday.

Volunteer opportunities at St. Vincent’s, Christian Aid, and Catholic Charities.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2017: “The love of Christ compels us to pray, but also to move beyond our prayers for unity among Christians. Congregations and churches need the gift of God’s reconciliation as a wellspring of life. But, above all, they need it for their common witness to the world…The world need ministers of reconciliation who will break down barriers, build bridges, make peace, and open doors to new ways of life in the name of the one who reconciled us to God, Jesus Christ.” Pontifical Council for Christian Unity

Don’t forget to thank God for food, warm shelter, loving family in your daily prayers.

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