Catholic Relief Services in Action
The CRS in Action Committee of St. John the Evangelist aspires to enact initiatives of Catholic Relief Services in the Parish. Some of these include the Lenten Rice Bowl Project, the One on the Journey Prayer Walk and Helping Hands. The Committee will also seek to be the outstretched hand to refugees among us offered by Pope Francis.
‘Dear migrants and refugees! Never lose the hope that you too are facing a more secure future, that on your journey you will encounter an outstretched hand, and that you can experience fraternal solidarity and the warmth of friendship!’ ~ Pope Francis
The CRS in Action Committee at St John’s strives to promote the work of Catholic Relief Services. What does CRS do? The mission of CRS is to support the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:
PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and, SERVE CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.
Current projects of St John’s CRS in Action include an English Language program for immigrants and refugees, which meets in our school building on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30. We sponsored a Prayer Walk on Ash Wednesday 2017, in conjunction with the launching of the CRS Lenten Rice Bowl program. We are looking forward to sponsoring a Helping Hands Event on a summer date to be announced. With the help of CRS staff, we hope to pack 10,000 meals to ship to Burkina Faso. This will be a hands-on, inter-generational way for our members to contribute to the world food shortage, and should take fewer than three hours. Pope Francis urges us that, “Those who are nourished by the Bread of Christ cannot remain indifferent to those who do not have their daily bread.”
Watch for details about our food packing activity. We will need to raise a sum of money in order to host this event at St. Johns. Within the coming months, we plan fund-raising events at our local Chick-Fil-A, in which we encourage everyone to participate. If your New Year’s resolution includes a commitment to making the world a better place, consider joining our committee. For further information contact Lois Heist at CRSinAction@gmail.com
The CRS in Action Committee works in cooperation with the Social Concerns Committee at St. John.
Contact: Lois Heist
Catholic Relief Services Links
Mission Statement: http://www.crs.org/about/mission-statement
Guiding Principles: http://www.crs.org/about/guiding-principles