This coming month you are being asked to respond to needs of others in several ways. It is more than I normally would ask at the same time, but circumstances brought these requests to us at this time. I ask you to do what you can.
First, I have extended an invitation to Rev. Joseph Uecker C.P.P.S. to come to our parish next weekend (August 3rd & 4th). Fr. Uecker will speak to you about the work being done by Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA), and how this provides a trustworthy way to actively participate in the social outreach of the Catholic Church and answer the Gospel call to serve the poor.
CFCA is a lay Catholic organization that has served more than 600,000children, youth and elderly in 22 developing countries since 1981 – empowering them to make more choices in their lives, live with dignity and reach their potential.
CFCA’s unique sponsorship program is highly personalized. It matches a child, youth or aging person at a project overseas with a sponsor in the U.S. who cares about and encourages them. For about a dollar a day, a sponsor helps to provide much-needed nourishing food, medical and dental care, the chance for a child to go to school, livelihood programs for families and much more. All of these efforts are directed at affirming the dignity of every person in their local community.
Please join me in welcoming Fr. Uecker to our parish next weekend.
Next, the Knights of Columbus are doing a “Meet Life Baby Bottle Campaign.” After mass this weekend Knights will be handing out baby bottles. They ask you to take a bottle home with you and over the next few weeks to place your change (or more) in the bottle. On the weekend of August 17th & 18th you will return the bottles filled with money to church. Money raised will go to buying ultrasound machines to place at approved pregnancy centers across the state. The use of ultrasound helps to save babies from abortion. The statistics are about 92% of the time when an abortion minded woman meets her baby on the ultrasound screen, sees his little fingers and toes, and hears his heartbeat, she chooses life for her baby. The Knights ask for your help in this campaign.
Finally, each year the Spirit of Giving Program collects backpacks for children at Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center who come from less fortunate families. They also collect used children’s books to be given to families in need. There is information about this effort in today’s bulletin.
Again, I don’t usually like to have this many things coming at us at once. They are all worthy causes. One may appeal to you more than another. Some of you may decide you can do something for each of them. Please do what you can.