Feeding the Homeless
A Meal for Ruth's Place

When:    Monday, September 24, 2018

Where:   A poster requesting volunteers to provide part of the meal will be in the vestibule of the church on September 8.

Consider providing a meat or side dish, dessert or drinks. Committee members will deliver the food. Volunteers will be contacted with additional information on when and where to drop off their contributions.


Faithful Citizenship

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops write, "In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation." They urge Catholics to:

  • Form your conscience;
  • Learn about the issues;
  • Practice civil dialogue;
  • Register to vote; and
  • Be a Faithful Citizen
Visit www.faithflcitizenship.org to learn more and access resources on forming your conscience, making moral choices, and applying Catholic principles. 

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

Pope Frances states, "We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." (9/16/13)

The deadline for voter registration is October 9, 2018. Go to https://www.luzernecounty.org/417/Register-to-Vote to register online or print a paper registration form.



Roasted Pork BBQ to Benefit The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm
Click here for a downloadable flyer.

When:    Sunday, October 21, 2018
               2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where:   St. Therese's Church, Fr. Sammons Hall

Who:      Social Justice and Stewardship Committees
               Call Terri in the parish office at 570-696-1144 for tickets.

Cost:      Advanced tickets only. Tickets are $15.00 each and include roasted pork tenderloin and fixins. Take-outs will be available.

Other:    There will be a basket raffle and more!

Tickets will be sold after Masses on September 29 & 30 and October 13 & 14. 

Your donation of $15.00 will get you a great meal while providing the DDCW Farm the funds it needs to continue growing crops to feed the hungry and spinning wool to clothe the needy. 

For more information about the farm visit their website.



Thanksgiving Pantry


When:    October 13, 2018 - Cornstalk with Pumpkin Ornaments in the church vestibule
               October 27-28, November 3-4, 2018 - Return gift certificates in collection basket

What:      Pick a pumpkin, purchase a gift card from the store listed in an amount of your choice, and return it in the collection basket. If the
                pumpkins are all gone, you may purchase a gift card at your favorite grocery store and return it in the basket or the rectory office.
                These gift cards will be distributed to local families in need to help with holiday meals.         
            

Christmas Giving Tree


When:    November 24, 2018 - Tree with Ornaments in the church vestibule
               December 1-2, 8-9, 2018 - Return gifts to the church vestibule

What:     As part of our Advent preparation for the true celebration of Christmas, this is an opportunity to respond to people in need. You
               are invited to choose an ornament from the tree. Each ornament indicates a gift or gift card to be purchased, wrapped, and 
               tagged securely with the ornament, and returned on or before December 9. (NOTE: Please read the instructions on the back
               of the ornament and indicate the amount on the gift card. It is NOT necessary to wrap gift cards.)

Please return gifts on time. This enable the committee members to sort and deliver the gifts in a timely manner.


Salt & Light

The Social Justice Committee now has a newsletter to keep the parish informed of upcoming events! The first few issues will be mailed to parishioners' homes and you can view a copies on the links below,





Days of Awareness and Prayer

January 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Visit the Office on Trafficking in Persons, an Office of the Administration of Women and Children for more information on Human Trafficking and how you can do to help end it.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

January 11

This day began with a presidential proclamation in 2011 as part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and is observed on January 11 of each year. 

Nine Days for Life Novena

January 14-22, 2019

9 Days for Life is a "digital pilgrimage" of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life. A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions. 

Join to receive the novena through the 9 Days for Life app, daily emails, or daily texts. Go to http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/nine-days-of-prayer-penance-and-pilgrimage.cfm for the novena and information on how else you can get involved!


Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22


The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children." Visit the USCCB's website for more information and resources.




February

International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

February 8

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000. 

For more information go to the USCCB's website. More information on Human Trafficking is available here. Also click here for other links on this issue.


April


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Go to https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/ for more information and resources. 

Earth Day

April 22

Earth Day 2019 will focus on the need to protect and save all species. For more information go to the Earth Day website. You can nominate your favorite animal or plant species to be featured on the Earth Day poster.

June

World Refugee Day

June 20

This day is designated each year by the United Nations.      More information can be found on their website

September

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

September 1

This day was designated by Pope Francis in 2015. For additional information visit the Global Catholic Climate Movement's website or the USCCB's website for prayers for the care of creation.

November

World Day of the Poor

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: November 18, 2018

This day of prayer was designated by Pope Francis in 2017. 

"It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, ... the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance. 
--Pope Francis




Human Trafficking Initiatives

"Human Trafficking: What Health Care Providers Need To Know" is a slide presentation for providers working in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The program reviews the new Pennsylvania law and federal protections, provides information on recognizing victims, gives tips on what to do and not to do to help victims once they decide to disclose, and lists some local resources and contacts. 



Resources for Seniors


Please check out our resources for Seniors page. There you will find links on caregiving, healthy aging, long-term care, Medicare, Social Security, benefits and services, and more.



 If you are interested in joining the Social Justice Committee, we meet on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory basement.  All are welcome!