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.
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.
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 BlessingWe 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
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 kidscanomaha.org or contact Karima Al-Absy, coordinator at
Essential Pregnancy Service - three sites in Benson, Bellevue and Maple Village. Client advocate, receptionist, boutique, resource room. Call 402-552-0121 or visit www.essentialps.org/pdfs/volunteerapplication.pdf
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) www.ccomaha.org/centers/juan-dieg-center, 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. http://dvccomaha.org/
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 www.bethlehemhouseomaha.org
Catholic Charities offers opportunities to work with children and/or seniors at the Christ Child Centers, 402-342-4566. Check out the possibilities at www.ccomaha.org/centers/christ-child-center.org.
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. www.habitatomaha.org
Open Door Mission, 2828 N. 23 St. East, 402-422-1111. Food Prep, sorting toys, delivering food and presents. Requires orientation and training.
St. James Catholic Church + Parish Offices 9025 Larimore Avenue Omaha, Nebraska 68134-2797 + Church 4710 N. 90th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68134 + 402-572-0499 + firstname.lastname@example.org
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