Catholic Relief Services

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Catholic Relief Services works with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care.

Why is Catholic Relief Services important to our Parish?

“A parish reaching beyond its own members and beyond national boundaries is a truly ‘catholic’ parish. An important role for the parish is to challenge and encourage every believer to greater global solidarity.”

Called to Global Solidarity International Challenges for U.S. Parishes, U.S. Catholic Conference, 1997

Catholic Relief Services, an organization of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a pro-life organization dedicated to preserving the sacredness and dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Every aspect of our work is to help life flourish. We are resolute in our commitment to the Church and its teaching.

Moved by the Gospel, CRS not only assists the poor, but goes even farther by assisting the very poorest of the poor, responding to the Church’s challenge to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable, and leading the Catholic faithful in the United States in doing the same. Furthermore, while it is an official agency of the Catholic Church, CRS serves people based on need, not on creed, offering life-saving assistance to people of all faiths, and people of no faith.

How does our parish participate in the work of CRS?

Our parish has always been very committed to assisting the work and outreach of CRS through emergency relief efforts, the Lenten Rice Bowl effort and the CRS collection on Palm Sunday.

We also have parish ambassadors. CRS Parish Ambassadors are active parishioners with a passion for global solidarity who help strengthen the parish’s outreach ministry by organizing global discipleship activities in their parish. Our parish Ambassadors are Carol Woodward and Debbie Bowen. Please contact them via the parish office if you have any questions about CRS.

How do I find out more about the work of Catholic Relief Services?

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