Preferential Option for the Poor Petitions

For the St. James Community that each day we truly see the poor in our midst and strive to attend to their needs. 
For the St. James Community that we realize that one of the basic needs of the poor is our understanding, compassionate respect.
For  the St. James Community that we truly believe if we love Jesus Christ, we must also love the poor.
For the St. James Community, that we strive to follow the example of the Holy Father and find ways to actively, face to face, attend to the needs of the poor.
For the St. James Community that we renew our understanding of and strive to live the Church's teachings on the Preferential  Option for the Poor.
For the St. James Community that we make actively addressing the needs of the poor a part of our daily lives.
For the St. James Community that we take advantage of the opportunities offered to learn about the poor in our midst, and how to help them.

Preferential Option for the Poor

 The purpose of this effort is to more clearly understand the Church's teachings on the Preferential Option for the Poor. This program includes weekly notes in the bulletin using quotes from Scripture, the Holy Father, Pope Francis and the documents from the Catholic Conference of American Bishops and monthly petitions used during the Liturgy asking for the grace for the community to take an active part in addressing the needs of the poor.   POP volunteer opportunities are offered in the hope that we will have the incentive to respond to the invitation of Pope Francis and the USCCB to go out among our poor.

When I used to go to hear confessions in my previous diocese, people would come to me and I would always ask them, "When you give alms, do you touch the hand of the person you are giving them to or do you toss the coin at him or her?"   This is the problem: the flesh of Christ, touching the flesh of Christ, taking upon ourselves the suffering of the poor.  Pope Francis, Pentecost Vigil 2013

Preface III for Lent.  It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.   For you will that our self-denial should give you thanks, humble our sinful pride, contribute to the feeding of the poor, and so help us imitate you in your kindness.   And so we glorify  you with countless Angels, as with one voice of praise we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts...

Lenten Meal Blessing
We bless you, Lord, and we praise you, for you have given us this meal to share, provided by the earth and prepared by human hands.   Help us remember those who cannot eat because of poverty or sickness.   Let the brief hunger we feel this Lent make us hunger even more for justice.   May this meal strengthen us to do your will.   Blessed be God forever.

                                               - Prayer by Diana Macalintal, The Work of Your Hands

The purpose of life is not to be happy.   It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.  
Ralph Waldo Emerson



For many ways to reach out through St Vincent de Paul look to the Community Outreach under Ministries Menu. The St. Vincent de Paul Main Office is in real need of a phone volunteer to work two to four hours.  Duties includes taking information from calls on the HELP line and recording it, entering the address information into the computer to discern the area, parish boundaries and where the caller lives, returning the calls with the proper phone number to call and offer help as needed. Training is available, rewards are immediate.  You will be talking with God's poor with His love.  If interested, call Anne Severes 402-689-3301.


Or, if kids are  your joy, here's a perfect opportunity: Kids Can Community Center: Meet once a week with kids to play games, read or just talk.   Kids Can Community Center is located at 4860 Q Street.   Visit or contact Karima Al-Absy, coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 402-733-2720.

Essential Pregnancy Service - three sites in Benson, Bellevue and Maple Village.   Client advocate, receptionist, boutique, resource room.   Call 402-552-0121 or visit

Hospice - Alegent Creighton, Methodist, VNA Hospices and Hospice House.   Training offered for all hospice volunteers.   Home and Hospital visits.   Gina Binder, 402-930-4143.   Angela Witchita, 402-354-3200.   Or at Hospice House, 74th and Cedar, a great variety of opportunities available, Gary George 402-343-8600.

Catholic Charities Juan Diego Center, 5211 S. 31st (402-731-5413), has easily accessible information on a large variety of volunteer opportunities.

Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, 115 S. 49th Ave., (402-210-2199), Administrative support, hospitality, fund-raising, general office support. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Would you like to expand your involvement in the Right to Life Ministry?   Contact Bethlehem House whose mission is to care for and work with pregnant women and their children.   They offer many volunteer opportunities and can be contacted at 402-502-9224 or

Catholic Charities offers opportunities to work with children and/or seniors at the Christ Child Centers, 402-342-4566.   Check out the possibilities at

Habitat for Humanity ReStore 10910 Emmett St., 402-934-1033.   Answer phones, help with yard work, do light housekeeping, help with customer service and load and unload trucks of donations.

Open Door Mission, 2828 N. 23 St. East, 402-422-1111.   Food Prep, sorting toys, delivering food and presents.   Requires orientation and training.

Consecration to Mary Prayer

Prayer of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mary Virgin of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence
before this image of you that is so dear to us.
We are certain that each of us is precious in your eyes and that nothing of all that lives in our hearts is unknown to you.
We let ourselves be touched by your most sweet regard and we welcome the consoling caress of your smile.
Hold our life in your arms: bless and strengthen every desire for good;
revive and nourish faith; sustain and enlighten hope;
awaken and animate charity; guide all of us along the path of holiness.
Teach us your own preferential love for the little and the poor,
for the excluded and the suffering, for sinners and the downhearted:
bring everyone under your protection and entrust everyone to your beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus.
we join our voice to that of all the generations who call you blessed.
We celebrate in you the works of God, who never tires of looking down with mercy
upon humanity, afflicted with the wound of sin, to heal it and save it.
Accept with the benevolence of a Mother the act of consecration that we perform today with confidence,
[Translation by Joseph Trabbic]