As we join together in praying for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also turn our prayers to our sisters and brothers experiencing job loss, income loss, and the uncertainty of where their next grocery payment will come from. Let us carry them in our hearts and prayers.
Catholic Charities to Consider During this Challenging Time
For those of us who are in a position to give of our talents, time, and treasure, here’s a short list of places to offer them!
1 // Your Parish
Your parish has very likely taken a large financial hit unless most parishioners are already signed up for electronic payments or automatic withdrawals. Send in a check, set up that payment, and be in touch with your pastor about what the needs are of your community. Spiritual bouquets? Phone calls to older parishioners who may not be able to access livestream Mass or need a little tech help? Cards of encouragement for parish staff? Reach out. Don’t be hesitant to offer to help.
2 // Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
These friars serve the poor and live out their vows of poverty in a profoundly moving way based in the Bronx. Contribute to their fundraising page or their amazon wish list. As a begging order, they rely on donations. In turn, they serve the poor by sharing the Gospel and whatever they’ve been given.
3 // Corazon Puro
Corazon Puro is a nonprofit founded by Father Agustino Torres of the CFRs working directly with low-income youth leaders to equip them to evangelize (in particular with Theology of the Body’s teachings). Donations help them in their critical work at this challenging time.
4 // Catholic Extension
Catholic Extension is working at this time to provide a virtual collection basket for most vulnerable parishes in isolated places to provide parishes with resources to ensure the presence of the Church remains in these areas.
5 // Spiritual Adoption/Bouquets
You can undertake this in a more organized way or a quiet way: commit to prayer for a group of people or organizations in need at this time. It could be as simple as a Rosary offered for the intentions of unexpectedly pregnant women or asking a priest to offer a Mass for a family member who has lost his or her job.
6 // Seven Sisters Apostolate
This very special apostolate organizes women to pray for as priest in groups of seven, each praying a Holy Hour for him one designated day per week. See if you can join a team or offer to be the anchoress for one?
7 // Catholic Charities
This well-loved organization is diocesan-based and provides care for the most vulnerable in our communities. At a time when much rebuilding will be required, this is a worthy option.
8 // St. Vincent de Paul Society
Since your local SVdP is likely not accepting donations of items at this time, consider supporting them financially so they can continue to provide care for those in need.
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