‘Tis the season,,,have you voted yet?
If so, good for you! If not, do you have a plan to vote?
Please consider this synopsis of one of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching as you make your voting decisions. “People have basic rights and responsibilities because of their human dignity that reflects the fact that they have been created in God’s image. Catholic teaching emphasizes that people have a right to life and to the basic necessities that provide quality to life: food, shelter, health care, education, and employment. We are called to respect the rights of others and to seek the common good.”
Prayer for Basic Rights:
“Lord of Wisdom, awaken us to our duty to care for the basic needs of all people. Strengthen with hope people denied their human rights and freedoms. Provide us all with the voice to cry out for justice for the poor and the oppressed. Amen.” (Source: Publication No. 5-261, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.)
ACC TAO Social Ministry Committee meeting –
Members of social justice committees in the four churches in our ACC began meeting together on a regular basis in June of last year. Committee members got to know each other, to learn about the various outreach ministry programs in each parish, and to develop an integrated calendar of events for the four parishes, Our intent was to support each other in our ministries, as well as to develop new initiatives to meet identified needs in our community. Covid-19 put a stop to many of our outreach efforts, but the committee will meet virtually on Tuesday evening, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. A major agenda item is to decide if we will participate together in an outreach ministry during the holiday season. We are inviting all parishioners to reflect on the needs of our brothers and sisters in the St. Cloud area community, and to offer suggestions to committee members regarding any efforts you would like us to support. Please contact Kathy Peterson, committee chair, at 320/761-1017; Mari Walker at 612/253-6162; or Janet Reigstad at 320/249-1293 to share your ideas before the meeting on Tuesday.