My Dear Parishioners,
In one week we will host our annual Manna Food Drive over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd. In preparation for that weekend, we are asking you to take home the brown paper bags placed at each of the exits this weekend and return them filled with non-perishable food items. Bags can be placed at the foot of the cross in the back hallway. This is an important food drive that helps to stock the shelves of our local food pantry, the Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare. It is more commonly known as, the Warminster Food Cupboard, and it is located at 75 Downey Dr. in Warminster. This is the closest site approved and recommended by the Archdiocese for this specific food drive. The Manna Food Drive helps to stock the shelves of the food pantry through the summer months when donations are typically lower. Canned food items are usually in greatest need such as beef stew, tuna fish, fruit, vegetables, pasta sauces, soups, pork and beans, etc. St. Joseph parish has consistently been one of the greatest contributors to this Food Drive.
Also next weekend our second collection will be for the Campaign for Human Development. The United States Bishops have asked that the following information be communicated to the parishes.
God Bless You!
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Working on the Margins
I should no longer say that I have neighbors to help, but that I must myself be a neighbor to others.
—Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, no. 81
For more than 50 years, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has supported organizations that combat poverty and improve the lives of people in communities across the United States. From empowering immigrants in towns along the southern border to advocating for improved housing and educational opportunities in northern and midwestern cities, CCHD- funded groups tackle a wide range of economic and social justice challenges that affect local communities in rural and urban areas.
In areas of Tennessee where coal-mining operations and landfills have caused water pollution and other environmental damage, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) works with governments and regulatory agencies to limit hazardous waste disposal in landfills and to require environmental cleanup as part of the permitting process for new business operations.
Environmental damage affects all of us, most especially low-income people who are affected by water pollution resulting from mineral extraction, lack of access to healthy foods in urban “food deserts,” and natural disasters caused by climate change. The Church teaches that “the natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, no. 95). Since the release of Laudato Si’ in 2015, CCHD has invested more than $4.3 million in organizations that work to protect the environment and combat pollution. When you support CCHD, you support organizations that work to protect the air, soil, and water for all the members of their communities.
To learn more about the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the way CCHD upholds the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church, visit www.usccb.org/cchd/ collection.
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- ACT and spread the word about poverty by sharing this information.
- CONNECT with the work of CCHD by supporting the collection.
- PRAY for those who benefit from this