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.
What we give to the poor for Christ's sake, is what we carry with us when we die. - Peter Maurin, a French Catholic social activist who founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933 with Servant of God, Dorothy Day.
We beg you, Lord, to help and defend us. Deliver the oppressed. Pity the insignificant. Raise the fallen. Show yourself to the needy. Heal the sick. Bring back those of your people who have gone astray. Feed the hungry. Life up the weak. Take off the prisoners' chains. May every nation come to know that you alone are God, that Jesus is your Child, that we are your people, the sheep that you pasture. Amen. - St. Clement of Rome
Reflect that God requires nothing else of us except that we show our neighbors the love we have for God." - St. Catherine of SienaHer feast day is Saturday April 29. As a young girl she spent three years in a little room in her father's house with celestial visitations and familiar conversation with Christ. After that time, wearing the habit of the Dominican Tertiaries, she cared for the sick and poor and worked for the salvation of many.
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 + email@example.com
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