Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Dear Fellow Parishioners:
This weekend (Nov. 21/22) we take up our annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. I encourage you to be generous. Below is some information on this worthy cause.
~Father Brian

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“Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.”
~Pope Francis, Address to Jesuit Refugee Services

Right now in the United States, more than 46 million people are living in poverty. That’s one out of every six Americans, and one out of every five children. Lots of factors can send a family below the poverty line, and keep others there who are already poor:

Minimum wage earns a full-time worker only about $15,000 a year.

Health insurance is unaffordable to many, including the 48 million people who lacked coverage in 2012.

Housing has become inaccessible to low-income people; over 8 million pay more than half their annual income for rent or mortgage payments.

Educational systems, family environment and racism are other factors.

Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), and the community groups it funds—groups made up of poor and low-income persons working to address the root causes of poverty.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the Gospel at work and Catholic social teaching in action. CCHD practices the principles the Church teaches, especially: the option for the poor, solidarity, subsidiarity and participation. Working on the margins, CCHD defends human life and dignity every day, in countless ways, all across our nation.
“Jesus’ command to His disciples: ‘You yourselves give them something to eat!’… means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor.”
~Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

CCHD’s Mission: More Important than Ever
CCHD was established in 1969 to empower groups of poor and low-income people to address the root causes of poverty in their communities. CCHD has provided over 9,000 grants to self-help organizations led by poor persons.

More Information:
www.usccb.org/cchd
www.povertyusa.org
www.pobrezausa.org
Facebook at PovertyUSA
Twitter @EndPovertyUSA

“Never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!”
~Pope Francis, Apostolic Journey to Rio de Janeiro

CCHD: Empowering low-income communities to address the root causes of poverty.