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Join Us as Your Parish Collaborates this Sunday with Catholic Charities

Posted on November 16, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Celebrate World Day of the Poor

Please join us in celebrating Pope Francis’ second annual World Day of the Poor this Sunday, November 18, by participating in the second annual special Catholic Charities NY parish collection spearheaded by Cardinal Dolan.

A new collaboration between New York parishes and Catholic Charities, this special Sunday before Thanksgiving collection enables Catholic Charities to target antipoverty grants back to parishes, putting you and your parish in the driver’s seat in deciding where your neighborhood needs are greatest.

The Campaign for Charity and Justice is an initiative to revitalize and increase Catholic Charities support for the charitable and justice work of parishes and community groups. Funds raised through this collection will support parish and community-based projects through grants that meet local needs, particularly those of our poor and vulnerable neighbors.

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6).

“We are told”, Pope Francis says in discussing this psalm and its relation to this Sunday’s World Day of the Poor, “that the Lord listens to the poor who cry out to him; he is good to those who seek refuge in him, whose hearts are broken by sadness, loneliness and exclusion.

“I invite …men and women – who in parishes, associations and ecclesial movements make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor, to experience this World Day as a privileged moment.”l

Thanks to your generosity and the generosity of those sitting in pews near you, last year’s special parish collection raised $214,980 for grants to programs throughout the ten counties of the Archdiocese of New York.  With these funds we were able to target grants to 27 neighborhood programs operated by parishes and community organizations.

  • 42% of the grant funds ($89,960) support services for low income housing and the homeless, including
    • food pantries
    • shelters
  • 12% ($25,000) support community organizing programs that include
    • faith formation 
    • leadership training                              
    • advocacy tools to bolster Catholic social teaching       
    • advocacy for worker protections 
    • other services that strengthen communities

 “It brings me tremendous joy every year to witness the generosity of our parishioners, whose support is vital to these programs that are an expression of Christ's love and compassion,” said Catholic Charities NY Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.

Check out this list and map of local parishes and community organizations that received grants this year thanks to the generosity of parishioners like you.  Find your parish name – or look for it next year on our list of grantees:

Manhattan

  • St. Charles Borromeo
  • Blessed Sacrament
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Good Shepard
  • Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs
  • St. Cecilia
  • Life Experience and Faith Sharing Associates
  • Pax Christi of Metro New York
  • Altagracia Faith & Justice Works
  • Interfaith Assembly on Homeless and Housing
  • Calbirini Immigrant Services of NYC

The Bronx

  • St. Barnabas
  • Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
  •  

Upstate

  • Hawthorne (Holy Rosary)
  • Newburgh (Sacred Heart)
  • Rye (Resurrection)
  • Obernberg (St. Mary’s/OLM)
  • White Plains (St. John the Evangelist), Nyack (One to One Learning Inc.)
  • West Nyack (St. Francis of Assisi)
  • Hopewell Junction (St. Columbia)
  • Port Chester (Don Bosco Workers Inc)

“Being Catholic means belonging to a community - not just the Catholic community, but the larger communities in which we live,” Msgr. Sullivan said.  “We are very grateful to everyone who contributes to this year's Catholic Charities collection campaign.”

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