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This weekend, you are invited to Take a Closer Look.  After each Mass, representatives of the Care for the House of the Lord steering committee will offer guided tours so that you can view the areas included in the project and learn what the professionals have recommended.

Most families have recently completed filing their 2017 income tax returns.  This is the perfect time to review the level of charitable contributions you have made, compared to your income.  Each of us has been blessed with unique talents and financial gifts.  One expression of an ultimate financial goal is to contribute 10% of our income from our first fruits, to the needs of others to justly share our resources with the church and those who need our help.  Five percent is a goal for support of the parish, one percent for CSA and four percent to other charitable causes.

Did you know? Median Catholic household income in the U.S. is about the same as median Protestant household.  If U.S. Catholic households simply gave at the same rate as their Protestant friends (not necessarily tithing, but 2.2 to 2.5% of their income) each U.S. Catholic parish would see its annual collection revenues double.

Please prayerfully consider what your response will be to this year’s CSA/Care for the House of the Lord appeal. Gifts of all “shapes and sizes” will be needed.  Be as generous as you can!  The gift range chart below, illustrates the types of gifts necessary to achieve the financial goal. The timing and scope of the project will be determined after all commitments have been received.  The project will be debt free.  Let’s gather as a community of faithful and complete the whole project as soon as possible!

Gifts Needed Above and Beyond Your CSA Contribution

 

Gift Range # Gifts Required Cumulative Total
$35,000+ 1 $35,000
$15,000 2 $65,000
$10,000 2 $85,000
$5,000 5 $110,000
$2,500 10 $135,000
$1,000 15 $150,000
$700 61* $192,700
Under $500 Several $233,000

CRS Encounter: Iraq – Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Life and Dignity of the Human Person, Jesus reminds us that we are all made in God’s image and likeness. That means that every human being has a special value and a purpose. We need to care for each other so we can be the people God calls us to be.

Encounter Majd

 

Eight-year-old Majd thought his family was going on a picnic. His mother, Lamya, said they would be back home in a week. But when ISIS attacked their home in northern Iraq, the family fled for good.

“What worried me the most were the kids,” Lamya says. “Our life was stable and we were doing well; we had a very big house. Our children had everything they needed. But when we fled, I was not able to bring anything for them—not even food.”

Fortunately, the family found an apartment to rent with other displaced families. It is much smaller than the home they had, but it’s safer. The children enrolled in a CRS-sponsored school, where the routine provides hope, stability and a sense of belonging. “Education is very important,” says Lamya, especially in Iraqi culture.

Lamya received training from CRS and became a teacher at the school. Now she has hope for the future. “I really love children, so when I go to class I feel like I am with my family,” she says.

Her son, Majd, also loves going to school. “Majd is so motivated to go to school. He just wants it to be morning so he can go,” Lamya says. “He is relaxed, having fun and more confident.” For Majd, school means a normal life—now and in the future.

 

Soup’s On For All!

Save the Date: January 29, 2018
Location: The B.O.B
20 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids,MI 49503
Time: 6:30PM
Price: $50/Person in advance
$60/Person at door

Will Call tickets: pick up the night of the event on the first floor of the B.O.B. directly across from the hostess stand.

Helping Those in Need

Join us! Soup’s On For All! has warmed the hearts of thousands while helping to provide hot meals for those in need. Held at the B.O.B in downtown Grand Rapids, the event raises more than $100,000 annually for the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.

This fun-filled evening welcomes more than 1,000 attendees and is made possible with the support of more than 150 volunteers. Guests can visit each of the building’s five floors where they are able to sample soups, breads and desserts donated by area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment. Throughout the year, volunteers hand paint thousands of soup bowls. Each guest selects a bowl as a souvenir of the evening — and a reminder that hunger is a reality every day for many in our community.

Purchase your tickets here!