Global Mission Resources for Parishes

Global Mission Resources for Parishes

“At a time of dramatic global changes and challenges,St. Bridget Parish, Framingham MA Catholics in the United States face special responsibilities and opportunities. We are members of a universal Church that transcends national boundaries and calls us to live in solidarity and justice with the peoples of the world. We are also citizens of a powerful democracy with enormous influence beyond our borders. As Catholics and Americans, we are uniquely called to global solidarity.”

 Called To Global Solidarity International Challenges For U.S. Parishes, United States Catholic Conference November 12, 1997

2018 Lenten Resources

A Journey of Healing and Reconciliation Through Restorative Justice

By: Catholic Mobilizing Network

Education for Justice’s 2018 Lenten Reflections are offered by the Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. These reflections are meant to provide a window into God’s immense wisdom, offer connections between Catholic social tradition and restorative justice, and invite us to walk boldly in our faith. 2018 Lenten Reflections Series-Creative Voice-Catholic Mobilizing Network

USCCB Lenten Calendar

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Ignation Spirituality

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message: ‘Come back to the Lord with all your heart during Lent’ Vatican text.

 A Cry from #Charlottesville: To Bind the Wounds our Nation

Heather Heyer was tragically killed in #Charlottesville. She sadly reminds us, that we must do something to change this picture of hate.

The violence that killed Heather Heyer, injuring many more, erupted out of the wounds of racism and xenophobia that stretches across our country. As white nationalists gathered at the University of Virginia, we are given yet another sign of what we must do. As the body of Christ, WE ARE the balm that heals the divides between fellow citizens of different races, cultures, creeds, and  different worldview points. The Church honors the gift of our pluralism and diversity that comes from the loving hands of the Creator.

In the fall of 2016, The United States Catholic Bishops organized a task force to assist Catholic communities and others in our gospel view of the divisions today and resources that may help parishes, families, individuals, and organizations to begin the healing where it always begins, at home. We teach our children, promote in our social media, have sustained conversations about how we bridge the divides of race, culture, and religion in our homes and schools. Here are some places to start:

Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

This prayer service By Sister Diana Ortiz OSU includes excerpts from Dr. King’s famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and includes reflection questions after each reading. Prayer Service- Martin Luther King Jr.-Letter from Birmingham City Jail

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

 US Commission on International Religious Freedom 

USCRIUSCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its kind in the world, that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.
Inherent in religious freedom is the right to think as we please, believe or not believe as our conscience leads, and live out our beliefs openly, peacefully, and without fear. Read their annual report here.

 Resources for Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

World Missions Committee of the USCCB and the Holy See

National Propagation of the Faith Office

Catholic Mission Association

Catholic Volunteer Network