Mission Column Week of June 21 2017
Catholic Charities 100th Appeal
Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Ogdensburg is celebrating their 100th year of serving our community and its people. Their mission statement reads, “The mission of Catholic Charities is to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Inviting the involvement of the Church and the community, Catholic Charities fulfills this mission by empowering people through direct aid, counseling, community programs, outreach and advocacy. Our mission is based on Gospel values of respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life, charity and justice, according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.“
The Pontifical Mission Societies in the Diocese of Ogdensburg is proud to salute their 100 years of service, dedication and making such a great difference in the lives of countless many. At the very core of it all, responding to the needs of the most vulnerable members of a community with respect, dignity and advocacy is at the core of every charity. But especially this one.
Merriam-Webster defines charity as, “benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity, generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering, an institution engaged in relief of the poor, a gift for public benevolent purposes”. As Catholics, by virtue of baptism, we are called to be missionaries and spread the love of God while connecting the greater needs of our world. Sometimes our world means close to home. And that is where Catholic Charities comes in to our hearts and homes to help and aid those who are vulnerable.
God bless Catholic Charities and all the services they provide to our Communities. Their list of services is so broad and their ability to help seems to never end. Services such as adoption, counseling, Project Rachel, parenting classes, and volunteer programs are only a few of the many services they offer and fun to those in need.
An extra special note of congratulations and job well done to Sister Donna Franklin, DC. She and her staff have worked tirelessly for so long and touched the lives of so many over the years. Sister Donna has even been a Mission Cooperation participant over the years, doing summer speaking engagements for the Pontifical Mission Societies and sharing her missionary spirit and zeal. We are proud of your efforts and your never ending love for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
Congratulations on 100 years of service! God Bless Sister Donna and the Catholic Charities Organization. May God Bless you and all your good deeds! May you be blessed with a hundred more and continued success in your efforts in our Diocese.
Please keep the Missions in your prayers. Please be generous in next week’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. For more information, please connect and download the app at Mission.org.
Please remember “The Society for the Propagation of the Faith” when writing or changing your Will.