Catholic Relief Services has been in existence for over 75 years. In 2018, CRS celebrated its 75th anniversary. Born out of the refugee crisis following World War II, today the CRS staff, partners, supporters and beneficiaries serve in more than 100 countries around the world, responding to disaster, strengthen- ing communities and so much more.
Recently, along with a number of parishioners, I met with the leadership of CRS in the Mid- Atlantic Region to begin to explore the possibility of forming a CRS Chapter in our parish to make the work of CRS an integral part of St. Cornelius.
I am going to contact pastors of neighboring parishes to see if they are interested in joining us. This CRS ministry may not be the answer to conversion of faith for the entire parish, but it could be the opportunity many are looking for in order to articulate and live their faith.
The focus at this time is multi-dimensional:
? Education. To raise awareness of what CRS does.
? Advocacy. Communicate with our government agencies to advocate for and help maintain 1% of the federal budget to overseas support. This involves communicating with Congress and other elected officials.
? Community fundraising efforts. The chapter will be a conduit for CRS fundraising efforts, education and communications to let people know what happens with the donations.
? CRS will supply an ongoing level of support via monthly national conference calls. From this we may receive specific assignments for our chapter.
This effort on behalf of CRS is still very new and will continue to grow and develop over time.
I introduce this topic today as a way of asking you to give prayerful consideration to participate in this unique opportunity to live your discipleship and work to bring the goodness of the Kingdom of God to those most in need.
I invite you to explore this opportunity further by coming to a meeting in the Fr. Simon Room in the PLC on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00PM.