"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

May blessings surround you and your loved ones this Christmas!

As you prepare to celebrate this year, please consider making a gift to Catholic Charities. Your donation to Catholic Charities ensures that families in your neighborhood will have a Christmas full of peace and joy.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

 When families hit hard times, necessities like warm winter clothing often take a backseat to paying the rent and putting food on the table. Catholic Charities offers aid to families that have fallen on hard times, and, the Catholic Charities office in Blair County recently launched the All Soles Project to help provide teenagers with the shoes they need this winter. Keep reading to learn more about this project!

 Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth, may we begin to see the world in the light of understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.

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.

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