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Pastoral Aid Now Available for the World Day of the Poor (Nov. 18, 2018) | en Español
The resource contains homily notes, Prayer of the Faithful, a bulletin insert, parish activity suggestions, and more.
New Prayer Resource
Show Us Your Face: Prayer based on Rejoice and Be Glad (Gaudete et Exsultate) | en Español
New Resources for
Several new USCCB resources can assist Catholics to pray and act for racial healing. Perfect for Lent, A Prayer Service for Racial Healing in Our Land (en Español) includes Scripture, reflection, and an examination of conscience to help Catholics call on the Divine Physician, Christ the Lord, to heal the wounds of racism throughout our land. Two new prayers are also available:
PovertyUSA.org and PobrezaUSA.org Feature: Maps & Data
On the Maps & Data page (en Español) of the new PovertyUSA.org and PobrezaUSA.org mobile-friendly websites, tens of thousands of data points bring data to your fingertips about your own community. Enter your county and find median household income, deep poverty rate, unemployment rate, median rent, percentage without health insurance, and more. You can also find which CCHD-funded organizations (en Español) are helping in your community.
CCHD Newsletter: Helping People Help Themselves
CCHD's quarterly print newsletter, Helping People Help Themselves, features a message from the Director, Ralph McCloud, and offers inspiring examples of the good work CCHD funds. Read the latest and past editions online.
The future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of peoples and in their ability to organize. It is in their hands, which can guide with humility and conviction this process of change. I am with you. Each of us, let repeat from the heart: no family without lodging, no rural worker without land, no laborer without rights, no people without sovereignty, no individual without dignity, no child without childhood, no young person without a future, no elderly person without a venerable old age.
Pope Francis, Address at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, Bolivia
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)
The belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.Read more about CCHD's Mission & Identity.
Chicago high school student Ana DiVito, who won CCHD's 2016 Multimedia Youth Contest, discusses her winning piece "Neighbors" and the importance of working for social justice.
After several years of
serving people released from prison, a program based in Racine, Michigan is ready to
expand its Second Chance program.
News Service profiles the work of St. Peter Claver parish in West Baltimore,
whose organizing efforts CCHD supports. The bishops of the United States
gathered at this church to celebrate the opening liturgy for the fall General
Assembly. Watch the video about their historic and ongoing work
for peace and racial justice.
Faced with poor plumbing, broken elevators, bed bug infestations, and other issues, tenants in Chicago work together to partner with management for improved living conditions for low-income residents.
Executive director of the Utah-based Disabled Rights Action Committee pens letter of support for the CCHD Collection, highlighting the importance of CCHD's faith-filled support for advocates with disabilities.
Leaders of St. Vincent de Paul's Reentry Organizing Program, including returning citizens, celebrated the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with a special Mass with Pope Francis for prisoners and those who minister to people in jails and prisons.
Learn how CCHD is helping communities support environmental justice. Since 2013, CCHD has invested nearly $2.5 million and partnered with over 35 community-based organizations and 31 dioceses in 22 states to support environmental justice.
Justice for Immigrants
CCHD has invested over $4 million to empower immigrant communities.
Strategic National Grants
Check our CCHD's strategic national grantees, tackling Catholic education, a voice for the Mexico-US border, affordable housing, immigration reform, leadership development for farmworker communities and more.
Read WeAreSaltAndLight.org stories about CCHD funded groups that are making an impact in their local and greater communities.
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