Catholic Current – Week of November 9, 2023
This Week’s Catholic Current: Fall Plenary Assembly Preview, Vocations Awareness Week, and the World Day of the Poor and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2023 Fall Plenary Assembly in Baltimore, November 13-16. Throughout the meeting, the bishops will spend time in prayer and fraternal dialogue with one another. Public sessions of the assembly on November 14 and 15 will be livestreamed at https://www.usccb.org/plenary-assembly-november-13-16-2023. Read the press release.
The Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week November 5-11. Each year, national Catholic organizations, dioceses, schools, and local parish communities sponsor events and provide different resources to raise awareness for vocations, and help those who are discerning a vocation, particularly one to ordained ministry or consecrated life. Read the press release. Learn about the work of the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at https://www.usccb.org/committees/clergy-consecrated-life-vocations.
On the weekend of November 18-19, Catholics across the United States are asked to respond to Pope Francis’ World Day of the Poor by giving to the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). This special annual collection supports the U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty and social justice program established a half-century ago. It assists poor and marginalized populations in communities across the United States. Read Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of the Poor at https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/poveri/documents/20230613-messaggio-vii-giornatamondiale-poveri-2023.html.
Learn more about the work of CCHD at https://www.PovertyUSA.org