Why Saint Teresa of Calcutta?
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, provides a perfect example for how we must pursue our own mission here at Catholic Charities. She constantly insisted that “everything begins with prayer.” Ultimately, it was her prayer that strengthened her to love like God and to serve like Christ as she tirelessly served the poorest of the poor. She is the perfect model for us!
What do members do?
Members are asked to pray for Catholic Charities and those we serve on a daily basis. New members will receive a prayer card to guide them in their daily prayer, along with a St. Teresa necklace medallion, which will serve as a reminder of their commitment to the society.
General intentions will be emailed to Society members once each month, and specific intentions will be emailed as necessary throughout the year. Catholic Charities will accept members’ prayer intentions and offer them during our weekly Mass in our chapel. They will remain near the tabernacle for several days after having been presented.
April: The Joy of Christ Risen
On Palm Sunday and again on Good Friday, the passion narrative of Jesus Christ will be heard from live broadcasts and taped videos around the world because of the social distancing recommendations during the Coronavirus pandemic. The story invites us to have an awareness of the suffering of Jesus Christ and the suffering that continues in our world today. St. Teresa of Calcutta shared her awareness of the passion of Jesus and the people she cared for in these words:
Remember that the passion of Christ ends always in the joy of the resurrection of Christ, so when you feel in your own heart that suffering of Christ, remember the resurrection has to come. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen.
The staff, volunteers, and friends of Catholic Charities join with the members of the St. Teresa of Calcutta Prayer Society to pray for all who are suffering during this time of sickness and death. May St. Teresa keep our hearts focused on the joy of the resurrection.
Blessed St. Teresa of Calcutta,
You were aware that the suffering and death of Jesus always included the joy of the resurrection. During this time of suffering and death, keep us aware of the resurrection to support people who are sick and encourage all caregivers to continue their self-sacrifice. We ask this through Christ our risen Lord.