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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. CCHD does this by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. Click here for more information on the mission of CCHD.

CCHD PosterPrograms that assist those that are marginalized to speak out and improve their communities are funded by the generous support of Catholics in the United States. Each year, Catholics around the country donate to the annual CCHD collection, which is held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Money raised from the collection is then distributed to community organizations to support their anti-poverty initiatives. To qualify for CCHD grant money, applicant organizations must not, in any way, support or promote activities that work against Catholic values. Grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded, and monitored in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses. Click here to learn more about how collection funds are distributed to anti-poverty programs. 

This year, the collection to support CCHD will be held on November 19th and 20th. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes. Together, we can make a difference both locally and nationally. Please donate prayerfully and generously.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "The Eucharist commits us to the poor" (#1397). The Eucharist, celebrated as a community, teaches us about human dignity, calls us to right relationship with God, ourselves and others, and sends us on a mission to help transform our communities, neighborhoods, and world. The work of CCHD is an example of "Eucharistic" living. 

"To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus." - Pope Francis

From the USCCB website.

Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri Synod Lutherans stand against sale of baby parts

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It would be easier to forget what we have seen, to erase from our memories and our minds what we have heard. But the statements and actions of Planned Parenthood medical directors and technicians, captured on film and released by the Center for Medical Progress, are the kind we will not forget, the kind that cannot be unseen and unheard.

Like millions of Americans, including those in the Roman Catholic Church and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we have been shaken to the core by what we have witnessed: intact babies, at times still alive, having their body parts harvested as a commodity. We are shocked at the image of tiny hands and feet seen in a glass pie plate. We are horrified at what we have seen and heard. Such actions and attitudes have no place in our society.

While offensive, the degradation of the bodies of these infant human beings is unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg. Those fetal tissue and organs are only available for sale because they are being killed through abortion. Over 57 million unborn children have been lost to abortion in our nation since 1973.

The toll of these lives lost is enormous. We are missing sons and daughters, siblings, spouses, coaches, scholars, mentors and friends.

This loss is symptomatic of a loss of respect for human life in our society today. In so many ways, our culture seeks to deny the humanity of the unborn, of the elderly or of someone with a disability.

Together, we stand firm and repeat that every human life is worthy of dignity and respect. We affirm our continued commitment to offer resources to help parents of any faith background who are in need of medical, financial or social service assistance both during pregnancy and after. We stand ready to assist any parent who wishes to make an adoption plan for their child.

Our commitment is to all life in all its stages from conception to natural death. For those men and women who participated in an abortion, we extend to you the words of Jesus: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden …” (Matt. 11:28), and we invite you to experience hope and healing from your experience.

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson,
Archbishop of St. Louis

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President,
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 


Click here for coverage from the St. Louis Review

Click here to view the press release announcing the statement

Exciting Upcoming Events

Date Time Event Location Notes and RSVP Information
Thursdays
July 20 & 27, 2017
2 pm - 8:30 pm Sequela Christi (the following of Christ) Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus
10341 Manchester Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
A series of volunteer days for high school (sophomores and older) and college girls including the opportunity to join in the apostolate, prayer, and recreation of the Sisters. Please see below and retreats-events for more information. Or e-mail: vocations@carmelitedcj.org.
Sunday - Thursday
August 6-10, 2017
  Finding Our Anchor in the Storm - Conference Retreat Chiara Center
Franciscan Place of Spirituality
4875 LaVerna Road
Springfield, IL 62707
2017 Chiara Center Summer Retreat with Father Paul Chetcuti, SJ. Our anchor gives us the stability of immobility that permits mobility. Please see Finding Our Anchor in the Storm for more information.
Wednesday
August 9, 2017
8:00 pm Cathedral Concerts - Libera Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
4431 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
2017 - 2018 is Cathedral Concerts 25th Anniversary Season and we are happy to share free tickets to the concerts with the religious communities of the Archdiocese again! The first concert of the season features the English boy choir, Libera! Please see below for more information, and for ticket requests please call Scott Kennebeck at 314-533-7662 or e-mail: skennebeck@cathedralstl.org.
Monday
September 18, 2017
  CSJ Golf Tournament   Additional details to come.
Friday
September 29, 2017
  SLU's Annual Vocation Fair   Additional details to come.
Saturday
September 30, 2017
10:00 am Mass for Consecrated Life 

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
4431 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson cordially invites you to attend the 2017 Mass for Cconsecrated Life! A reception will follow Mass in upper Boland Hall, adjacent to the Cathedral. The 2017 Jubilarians will be recognized at the Mass and reception! Please register at: http://archstl.org/rsvp-Mass-Cons-Life.
Thursday
October 12, 2017
6 pm CSJ Wine and Chocolate   Additional details to come.
Friday - Sunday
October 13-15, 2017
  The Beautiful Struggle of Daily Life - Conference Retreat Chiara Center
Franciscan Place of Spirituality
4875 LaVerna Road
Springfield, IL 62707
2017 Chiara Center Conference Retreat with Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB. Our spiritual life is a treasure needing constant renewal and care. This retreat is an invitation to honor your soul’s need for reflection and replenishing one’s own spirit. Please see Beautiful Struggles for more information.
Saturday
October 21, 2017
9:00 am – 2:00 pm 2017 Pastoral Assembly Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Creating a Culture of Encounter in our Parishes: Pope Francis Guide to Holiness and Vocations. Refreshments and lunch provided to all participants. Please see below and Pastoral Assembly 2017.
Sunday - Friday
October 22-27, 2017
  Come, Listen, Be, Receive - Directed Retreat Chiara Center
Franciscan Place of Spirituality
4875 LaVerna Road
Springfield, IL 62707
The Directed Retreat includes solitude, prayer, and a one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You may choose to make it a 3, 4, or 5 day retreat. Pre-registration is required. Please see Directed Retreat 2017 for more information.

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Events with the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus:

Sequela Christi: Thursdays in July 2017
Sequela Christi (the following of Christ) is a series of volunteer days for high school (sophomores and older) and college girls including the opportunity to join in the apostolate, prayer, and recreation of the Sisters.
For more information visit www.carmelitedcj.org/vocation/retreats-events or e-mail: vocations@carmelitedcj.org

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CCHD National Grant Pre-Application Is Now Open!

Pre-Application for new grant applicants for the 2016-2017 National CCHD Grant Program is Now Open! 

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. Currently, there are two grant programs: community development and economic development. For more information on these programs, including a comprehensive guide on how to complete the application, click here.

CCHD grants involve a multi-step review process, the first of which is the pre-application. All new grant applicants must submit a pre-application for a community development or an economic development grant. CCHD uses this pre-application to determine the funding eligibility of a potential applicant organization. Approved organizations will be invited to apply for the full grant, which is due December 15th.

To fill out the pre-application, click here. Pre-application guidelines can be found in the Grant HandbookThe deadline to submit a pre-application is November 1st, 2016!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Sandy Mattingly-Paulen, Grants Specialist at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, at smattingly-paulen@usccb.org or 202-541-3211. 2015 CCHD Image Poster

We are Salt and Light!

USCCB's "We are Salt and Light" provides inspiration, resources, and community for Catholics across the U.S. 

In 1993, the USCCB released a beautiful guide to help parishes discern their social ministry and guide them in their work, Communities of Salt and Light, which many parishes across the U.S. are using today to guide their work in charity, justice, and peacemaking. However, a lot of things have changed in the past 20 years, and so the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the USCCB has brought hundreds of resources together under one website, We Are Salt and Light. The website is arranged into four major categories: 

One of the most exciting features of the website is that it contains hundreds of success stories about small groups of Catholics across the country who worked together to transform their parish, their community, and their hearts. From a group of teens in Austin, Texas who gather together and pray the Rosary for Mercy whenever there's an execution to a parish in California that hosts foreclosure workshops for struggling families, the stories are very inspiring! And better yet, you have the ability to connect with each group to learn how they did it. 

I know that there is a lot of amazing work being done across our Archdiocese in the way of charity, justice, and peace making. If you are interested in having your parish's work highlighted on We are Salt and Light, please let me know at molson@ccstl.org or 314-367-5500 x1128, and I will pass it along to the JPHD.