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.
February: Fighting Hunger
Hunger was no stranger to Mother Teresa and the people whom she served. She describes an experience with a child who she found alone on the streets.
“I once picked up a small girl who was wandering the streets, lost. Hunger was written all over her face. Who knows how long it had been since she had eaten anything?
I offered her a piece of bread. The little one started eating it, crumb by crumb.
I told her, ‘Eat, eat the bread! Aren’t you hungry?’
She looked at me and said, ‘I am just afraid that when I run out of bread, I’ll still be hungry.’”
Like St. Teresa, the staff, volunteers, and benefactors of Catholic Charities are no strangers to hunger. They see it every day and work to prevent and abolish it.
On average, Samaritan House, Denver serves over 18,500 meals to families and single people and prepares over 17,500 meals for children in Early Childhood Education classrooms each month. The Guadalupe Community Shelter in Weld County serves over 2,250 meals to singles and to families each month. The Mission in Larimer County serves over 22,500 lunches to all people who come to their doors each month.
Through your prayers of support, Catholic Charities will continue to fight hunger and the bread will not run out.
Blessed St. Teresa of Calcutta,
You fed the hungry who came to your door and whom you found. Through my prayers and your intercession, feed the hungry in our world today and every day. I ask this in the name of Jesus who fed the hungry.