"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

In observance of this year's Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has asked all local Catholics to focus on the message of Jesus in Matthew 25:35-40, which ends "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me."

During each week of Lent, the Diocese encourages us to observe various aspects of this powerful message. This week, the week of February 21, we're asked to Shelter the Homeless/Welcome the Stranger.

You can fulfill your observance during this week of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by supporting Catholic Charities' homeless shelter, the Martha & Mary House, located in Johnstown. Opened nearly one year ago, the Martha & Mary House provides support, safety, and hope to homeless individuals and families in the form of shelter, planning, and caring case managers. The shelter accommodates up to 15 individuals for up to 30 days, giving them time to secure financial stability and more permanent housing.

Click here to answer Jesus' call to shelter the homeless by supporting the Martha & Mary House.

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