Peace and Justice

 
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Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants - January 29, 2017



 

The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection or the Worl Day of Peace 2015
A Pastoral Letter by His Excellence, The Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Bishop of Belleville, IL Text amd Study Guide
http://www.diobelle.org/Reflection%20on%20Racial%20Divide%20booklet.pdf

The Catholic Church and The Black Lives Matter Movement: The Racial Divide in the U.S. Revisited
A Pastoral Letter by His Excellence, the most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville, IL
To be read as a companion piece to The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015
http://www.diobelle.org/%20RACIAL%20DIVIDE%20REVISITED.pdf


The Response of God's Mercy

The war in Syria has killed as many as 250,000 Syrians, and has uprooted more than 11 million people. Children, who make up more than half of Syrian refugees in the Middle East, are paying the heaviest price: many have witnessed violence and the loss of homes or loved ones; the vast majority have been out of school for years.” -Source: Catholic Relief Services


ACTION: Ask Congress to provide funding for poverty-focused international humanitarian assistance and fulfill our nation’s commitment to help Syrian and other refugees. Call your members of Congress using this toll-free number: 888-562-8232. Visit www.ConfrontGlobalPoverty.org.

Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education Elena Segura (312) 534-5333, esegura@archchicago.org, www.CatholicsandImmigrants.org


The Truth About Recycling

The amount of municipal waste being collected in America has reached over 400 million tons to date. In 1980 America recycled only 9.6% of this waste. Today the rate stands at over 50%. Is it worth it? By all means! Researchers have found that it is indeed better for the environment. It conserves natural resources, reduces landfill space, saves energy and raw materials, and reduces pollution. Recycled materials reduce the need to mine ores, cut trees, and drill for as much oil. Chicago has made the process easier for us recently. Blue Bins have been provided, and recycled material no longer needs to be sorted. All goes to a central facility to be sorted, packaged, and sold. This new technology also provides jobs and adds to our economy. Besides using our Blue Bins, there are many other resources available to recycle larger and more toxic materials. Click here for available resources.

A Prayer for the People of Equador

God, you are in the midst of those who suffer.
May all affected by the earthquake in Ecuador feel your healing presence.
God, you are in the hands of those who reach out.
Help responders in their courageous work.
God, you are in the still small voice.
The gentle whisper that follows.
May our ears always hear,
May our hearts always cry out for one another,
And may we always walk like you walk in solidarity with those who suffer,
And so reflect your presence and comfort.
Amen.


Citizens Utility Board - Free Home Energy Audits

In order to help customers cut down on their utility bills, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and ComEd have partnered to provide free energy audits for all customers, in compliance with Illinois law, in order to economize on these bills and update your home’s energy efficiency. They will provide a personalized energy assessment report, energy usage cost guides, and free products, which may include programmable thermostats, Energy Star certified CFL bulbs, smart power strips, WaterSense certified showerheads, faucet aerators for bathrooms and kitchens, and hot water pipe insulation, all at no expense. They will send a professional consultant to your home, at your convenience, who will assess your energy needs, answer questions, and install the above mentioned energy-saving products. The process takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Several parishioners have taken advantage of this program and have been very satisfied with the results. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call 844-367-5867, or visit northshoregasdelivery.com/jumpstart, or ComEd.com/Assessment


 

Migrant and Refugee Crisis Emergency Appeal

Providing Relief to Families Fleeing Conflict

Catholic Relief Services is working with Church partners in Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia to provide immediate assistance, including food, water, sanitation, medical care, legal services and trauma counseling. CRS and partners will adapt programming to meet the rapidly changing needs on the ground, remaining faithful to our principles to support those in greatest need, regardless of national, religious and ideological beliefs.

Conflicts, civil strife and economic conditions in the Middle East, Asia and Africa have dramatically increased the flow of refugees and economic migrants to Europe. As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, a combination of desperation and hope is leading growing numbers of Syrians to attempt an extremely perilous journey toward Europe. Harrowing stories have emerged of death, starvation and abuse at the hands of people smugglers. In 2015 alone, some 2,000 Syrians have drowned in the Mediterranean in their attempt to reach European shores.

Click here for additional information and to donate.


THE SAINT FRANCIS PLEDGE

I/We pledge to:

PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God's Creation and protect the poor and the vulnerable.

LEARN about and educate others on the causes and moral dimensions of climate change.

ASSESS how we - as individuals and in our families, parish, and other affiliations - contribute to climate change by our own energy use, consumption, waste.

ACT to change our choices and behaviors to reduce the ways we contribute to climate chanage.

ADVOCATE for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.

GO TO: catholicclimatecovenant.org/ to take the pledge.



 
Click here for additional information on Aid for Women.   



A Resource Guide for Workers Who
Seek Justice in the Workplace

Workers Manual (English)

Workers Manual (Polish)


Have you heard of Fair Trade Coffee?

  • Did you know that nearly 25 million people grow coffee?
  • Did you know that coffee costs about 80 cents a pound to grow and most coffee companies pay the growers only 40 to 60 cents a pound?
  • The Fair Trade Label on coffee means that its growers are paid a minumum of $1.26 per pound.
  • Purchasing Fair Trade Coffee enables the growers to support and educate their families because they receive a fair wage which lifts them out of poverty.
  • Purchasing Fair Trade Coffee is more than just donating to the poor, it's enabling the poor to earn a living wage.
  • Please consider purchasing coffee with the Fair Trade Certified Label. For more information contact www.fairtradeulsa.org/