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.
July: Fostering a vibrant community
Mary was a talented thirty-two-year-old musician and singer when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. But Mary refused to let her illness overshadow and stop her ministry to others. Even though Mary’s health was rapidly declining, she continued to practice her music and sing with the choir at Sunday services when possible. When people were invited to share their needs and concerns at a prayer service, Mary’s voice, sometimes strong, sometimes very weak, was heard asking for prayers for certain cancer patients she had met during her chemotherapy treatments. It soon became known by hospital staff, patients, visitors, and her church community that Mary was vibrantly committed to the community where she lived.
Like Mary, Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, believes strongly in fostering a vibrant community. One way this is done is through the Ambassador Program. Volunteers who serve as “ambassadors” partner directly with pastors and parish leadership to provide a means of communication, a supply of resources, and continuing support for the unique and challenging situations within a parish community. Through Catholic Charity ambassadors, more parishes and the people they serve are connected so that our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need is fostered in and by our local communities.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta described her experience of fostering a vibrant community. “The work that we Missionaries of Charity are doing is only a means to put our love for Christ in a loving, in a living action. It is so beautiful that we complete each other! What we are doing in the slums, maybe you cannot do. What you are doing in the level where you are called—in your family life, in your college life, in your work—we cannot do. But you and we together are doing something beautiful for God.”
You invited the Missionaries of Charity to foster a vibrant community through their common ministry to the poor and the most abandoned. Help me to work with others in my own life, occupation, and surroundings so that my love for Christ is known through my living actions. I ask this in your name.