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.
June: Reaching out to the Homeless
When you live at different places, you soon notice how somethings remain the same. For example, both rural or urban locations usually have a grocery store, a gasoline station, police headquarters, and one or more churches. Sadly, both rural and urban locations are likely to have people who are homeless as well. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that on any single night in 2018, over 550,000 people—women with children, men with children, single men and women, families, and teenagers—were experiencing homelessness in the United States. About two-thirds were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing. About one-third were in unsheltered locations such as on the street, in abandoned buildings, or in other places not suitable for human habitation.
While places and people remain the same, reaching out to an everchanging population of homeless people requires dedicated support staff and volunteers. Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver provides people who are homeless with emergency and transitional shelter at the Samaritan House and Women’s shelter in Denver, The Mission in Ft. Collins, and The Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley including services on the Western Slope. These locations require staff and volunteers and need maintenance, financial support, and prayers. Your prayers are needed to spiritually support shelter and security associates, supervisors, managers, kitchen staff, administrators, warehouse people, chaplain, and volunteers who welcome the homeless, provide for their immediate needs, and help them to transition into permanent housing. Your prayers are needed to support those who are on the frontline reaching out to our homeless sisters and brothers.
St. Teresa of Calcutta believed, “The homeless are not only those without homes made from bricks or woods, but also those who have found no place for themselves in anyone’s heart, the rejected and unloved.” During the month of June, you are invited to pray for those who reach out to the homeless.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,
You know the heart-felt yearning that every person has for a home where they are loved. Bless those who welcome, assist, and care for the homeless and through my prayers help me to assist them. I ask this through Christ our Savior.