Catholic Relief Services in Action

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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.

The CRS in Action Committee is planning a Helping Hands Meal Packing event on the Parish Day of Service on November 5. We need to raise an additional $3000 to support our goal of packing 10,000 meals in under two hours. We will also need 100 able volunteers to pack the meals. This is a fun and inter-generational activity that supports CRS’s mission to feed the poorest in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Committee Chair Lois Heist traveled to Burkina Faso in see how the meals are distributed and consumed in Burkina. Click HERE to see photos of the warehouse where they are collected for distribution, and pictures of meals actually being put to good use in a orphanage, and elsewhere. If you are interested in helping with the international projects of the Catholic Church by becoming a member of the CRS in Action Committee, or if you are willing to contribute to the Helping Hands Meal Packing Event, contact Lois Heist at


The CRS in Action Committee works in cooperation with the Social Concerns Committee at St. John.

Contact:  Lois Heist

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