Whether you are a diocesan director of social action, religious education, youth/young adult ministry, cultural diversity, or Catholic education, you have a role to play in helping Catholics in your dioceses become one of a million voices confronting global poverty. Below are some ideas to pray, learn and share about global poverty in your diocese.
- Plan a diocesan-wide liturgy or an ecumenical prayer service to confront global poverty. Use the sample intercessions and other resources in the Parishes section of this website during the liturgy or prayer service.
- Choose a particular Sunday on which readings relate to our faith-inspired concern for the poor (see possible Sundays below) and invite all parishes, schools, and religious communities in your diocese to pray for an end to global poverty and to become involved in the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative.
- May 17: John 15:9-17 focuses on the commandment to love our neighbors.
- July 26: John 6:1-15 tells the stories of the multiplication of the loaves in order to feed everyone.
- October 11: In Mark 10:17-30, Jesus exhorts a rich man to give his possessions to the poor.
- December 13: In Luke 3:10-18, John the Baptist encourages those preparing for Christ’s coming to care for the poor and live justly.
- January 24, 2010: In Luke 4:14-21, Jesus proclaims the message from Isaiah about bringing good news to the poor.
Help Catholics in your diocese learn about global poverty, its causes, and how they can respond. In particular, you can:
- Encourage all in your network to read and utilize the stories and information on the Catholics Confront Global Poverty (CCGP) website that put a face on the initiative’s seven key issues.
- Contact teachers, social concerns committees, youth ministers, and others in your dioceses to let them know about the video podcasts on the Catholics Confront Global Poverty website. These podcasts use multi-media to creatively put a “face” on poverty and its root causes and are supplemented with discussion questions.
- Plan a workshop in your diocese where Catholics can gather to learn about and explore the seven issues of focus in the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative.
- Sign up as a diocese to be part of one million Catholic voices raised up to confront global poverty. You can also send this e-card to encourage individuals and groups in your diocese to become part of the campaign.
- Download the PowerPoint presentation that provides an overview of the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative to use at gatherings in your diocese and to encourage Catholics to become involved in the initiative.
- Write an article for your diocesan newspaper or newsletter about the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative, or help spread the word about articles written by several bishops about the initiative:
- Download the Catholics Confront Global Poverty postcard and flyer to spread the word about the initiative in your diocese.
- Reach out to specific groups in your diocese to encourage them to become involved. The Catholics Confront Global Poverty website has special sections of resources for Parishes, Schools, Colleges, Religious Communities, Young People, and Families. Direct each of these groups to ideas for becoming involved in the initiative.