What is Charity?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says,
‘Charity is the theological virtue by which we
love God above all things for his own sake,
and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of
God. Jesus makes charity the new
commandment. By loving his own “to the end,”
he makes manifest the Father’s love which he
receives. By loving one another, the disciples
imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves
receive. Whence Jesus says: “As the Father has
loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.”
And again: “This is my commandment, that you
love one another as I have loved you.” ... The
fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy;
charity demands beneficence and fraternal
correction; it is benevolence; it is friendship and
communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all
our works. There is the goal; that is why we run:
we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we
shall find rest.’
                                (CCC 1822,1823,1829)




How Can We Express Charity?

The Ladies of Charity is a group whose existence
and actions are centered around this virtue. We
can express this virtue in a variety of different
ways:

- Commitment to the group and to each other
- Community Service opportunities
- Personal growth in charity in our relationships
- Building new relationships that challenge
- Prayer



History

“Founded by St. Vincent de Paul, patron of all
charity, the Ladies of Charity responded to the
needs of the poor in seventeenth century France.
Together with St. Louise de Mariliac, they went
quietly about their tasks, seeking no recognition,
satisfied with the knowledge that they were
serving Christ in the person of the poor. The Ladies
of Charity, since their origin, have possessed the
charism of their founder, daily prayer and personal
service to the poor. That same Vincentian spirit
characterizes the Association today. It asks the
personal gift of self, of time, devotion, sacrifices,
and perseverance in the effort to bring dignity to
each person and to respond with compassion to
every human misery.” * The Ladies of Charity
group at Holy Ghost started in 1996 and in 2009 it
became independent of the national organization
to pursue a more local focus.

*(quote from famvin.org)





Activities

Pancake Breakfast
Spaghetti Dinner
Rosary Making
Music Festival
Silent Auctions
Bake Sale
Advent Wreaths
Parish Hospitality:
First Communion,
Confirmation, Easter Vigil Receptions