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"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us. Amen.

From The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley 

Michelle Johnston, emergency financial assistance case manager, stopped by the Diocese’s TV show Proclaim! to discuss Catholic Charities’ incredible mission. Keep reading to hear what Michelle had to say.

Since 1954, the United Nations has declared November 20 Universal Children's Day. Today, Catholic Charities celebrates Universal Children’s Day by seeking to follow the example of Christ who said “Let the little children come to me.” Keep reading to learn how Catholic Charities is helping children in your community.

Generous God, we lift up to your mercy that poverty which is a moral and social wound upon our country’s soul. In your goodness, help us to heal this wound by working to alleviate the suffering and pain of the poor.

You listen, LORD, to the needs of the poor; you strengthen their heart and incline your ear. You win justice for the orphaned and oppressed; no one on earth will cause terror again.

God of bounty, your son Jesus embraced poverty and taught that the poor are blessed, for “theirs is the kingdom of God.” Help us to step out of our certainties and comforts and keep our eyes fixed on him, so we can both see and serve him in the faces of the poor. Amen.

Thanks to your support, Catholic Charities is able to help families when they need it the most. Catholic Charities recently received a request for aid from a single mother of four children. She needed help securing a new place to live after a family crisis. Read more to learn how Catholic Charities helped this family find a safe place to call home.

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