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In this issue read about CCHD's local grant application process opening, International Day of Prayer and Awareness of Human Trafficking, upcoming events and much more!
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Faith In Action Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Charities of West Michigan

February 2015

Join us for our 
            Social Justice Luncheon Gathering            


 

Catholic Charities West Michigan invites you to join us for our first  Social Justice Gathering of 2015

Housing Issues: A Rural  and an Urban Perspective
 

Our speakers will be:
Fr. Ron Schneider,
Pastor of St. Ann-St. Ignatius, Baldwin
and
Betty Zylstra,
Executive Director of Salvation Army Social Services, Grand Rapids

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cathedral Square Center, 2nd floor
360 S. Division Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

R.S.V.P. by February 13 to Sarah Kozal at skozal@ccwestmi.org

 

A complimentary lunch will be provided. 

360 Division Ave. S - Suite 3A, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 |   616.551.4747   | ccwestmi.org
 
 

 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

 


 

CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
LOCAL GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS NOW OPEN!

Deadline to apply for a local CCHD grant is March 30, 2015. To access the application and guidelines, click here http://ccwestmi.org/faith-in-action/cchd. Questions about the process may be directed to the CCHD Diocesan Director, Maggie Walsh, at (616) 340-1824 or mwalsh@ccwestmi.org

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ...  release to captives ...  sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18) CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a handout. To read more about the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, go to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website by clicking the button below.
 

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CCUSA ANNOUNCES SR. DONNA MARKHAM, OP, AS ORGANIZATION'S NEW PRESIDENT

The Catholic Charities USA Board of Trustees announced that Sister Donna Markham OP, Ph.D., president of the Behavioral Health Institute for Mercy Health, has been selected as its new president. Sister Donna, the first female president to lead CCUSA in the organization’s 105-year history, has a doctorate in clinical psychology and a proven track record in organizational leadership. She succeeds Rev. Larry Snyder, who served as CCUSA’s president since 2005, and will officially be seated as CCUSA’s 10th president on June 1, 2015. Read the article by clicking the button below.


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MESSAGE FROM HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES 2015


"Migration movements call us to deepen and strengthen the values needed to guarantee peaceful coexistence between persons and cultures."  
                              ~Pope Francis
To read the Pope’s full message, click here:

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CRS RICE BOWLS TURNS 40

40 years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes—and it came in the form of a small cardboard box.

40 years later, CRS Rice Bowl is your way to help our brothers and sisters in need each Lent.
CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. 

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.
Learn more about Lent and CRS Rice Bowl at http://www.crsricebowl.org/about/

February 8 Is the First International
Day Of Prayer And Awareness
Against Human Trafficking

 

The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated such date as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. Later that year, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General at the Vatican, announced that the 2015 event will also be observed internationally. To read more about her, click below.
 

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Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection


The chairs of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-life Activities welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the state of Oklahoma. The court will consider whether the procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment..

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MCC Comments on Governor Snyder’s State of the State Speech
 

Michigan Catholic Conference President and CEO Paul A. Long provided the following comments this evening regarding Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech: 

“A clear indicator of the moral strength of a society is the manner by which it cares for its most needy citizens. Every person is deserving of human dignity, and state efforts to promote this right through poverty reduction should be pursued. Merging the Departments of Community Health and Human Services presents an opportunity for policymakers to enhance the assistance citizens need to distance themselves from poverty. By focusing on the root causes of poverty, which must include providing families with an opportunity for a quality education, the state can improve the quality of life for Michigan’s most needy and vulnerable citizens.“ 

To read more on this and other topics from the Michigan Catholic Conference, click here:
http://www.micatholic.org/
 

Take Action

Thank you for joining thousands of people across the country in
praying for LIFE!

 
Even though this year's 9 Days For Life is done, there is great need to continue working for the respect and protection of every human life, from conception to natural death.

Click here to find out three ways to continue to make a difference:
 http://bit.ly/1zeUVGU

 

 

Resources and Upcoming Events

Notes for neighbors

This edition of "Notes for Neighbors" from the USCCB 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. Click here to read more on a variety of social justice topics.

 

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Are you or someone you know still struggling after an abortion experience? Project Rachel can help. We offer referrals to clergy, trained counselors and host Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats.

For more information, call (800) 800-8284 or email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org

 

Soup's On Along the Lakeshore! is an extension of our original Soup's On for All! and held in Muskegon.  This event raises funds for the food and pantry programs of God's Kitchen, including God's Kitchen Along the Lakeshore and the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Guests of this event sample a large variety of locally donated soups, breads and desserts, while enjoying live music. Throughout the year, volunteers hand-paint thousands of soup-bowls. Each guest selects one as a souvenir and  reminder that hunger is a reality every day.
Staff may purchase up to 2 tickets at half price ($17.50) at the Muskegon office
or online at soupsonforall.org