This is the second in our series of columns summarizing some basic principles of Catholic Social Teaching. This information is reprinted with permission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and is from the publication “Being Neighbor, The Catechism and Social Justice.”
“Dignity of the Human Person: All people are a reflection of the image of God and thus all human life, at all stages from conception through death, is sacred. The basic dignity that each person possesses comes from God, therefore all discrimination is wrong. People take precedence over things and structures. Systems are meant to serve people, not vice versa.
“Prayer for Life: Eternal God, creator and sustainer of life, bless us with the courage to defend all life from conception to natural death. Bless us with the strength to respect all peoples from east to west, from north to south, so that we may truly follow the call of Jesus to be neighbor. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.”
Service Opportunities: Members of the Central Minnesota Catholic Workers are coordinating the provision of evening meals for persons experiencing homelessness who are being sheltered in a St. Joseph area motel. Volunteers are needed Monday through Wed. to pick up meals and deliver them to the ten persons being housed in four rooms. Meals are picked up at 5:30 on Mondays from St. Ben’s Monastery; and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Resurrection Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. This is a “no-contact” ministry: you knock on the door and leave the meal/s outside the door. You can volunteer via website at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4AA9A62AA13-stjoe
Coats for Kids—Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 5548. We are in need of boys and girls (kids) coats sizes small to large. Coats need to be clean and in good condition. We are also in need of boots, gloves, caps and scarves. There is a box in the gathering areas at all the ACC parish buildings: St. Peter, St. Joseph, St. Michael and St. Paul for your needed donations now through Mid-November. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Jacobs at 252-0126. Also, if you are in need of a winter apparel for yourself or a child please contact Tom or Ione .
The annual Poor Clare Benefit Tea scheduled for October has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus.
For over 70 years women of the St. Cloud Area parishes have hosted this event to raise funds to defray heating costs at the Monastery.
This event continues to be very important because the Sisters are dependent on the generosity of our community for their livelihood. Their gratitude is evidenced by the spiritual impact the make through their silent, prayerful presence in our community.
Please help support this event by sending any financial donation directly to the Poor Clare Monastery, 421 South 4th Street, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379