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: The Gift of Fatherhood
Nikollë Bojaxhiu, the father of St. Teresa of Calcutta and her two siblings, died when she was only eight years old. Nevertheless, St. Teresa recalled that when the end of each day drew near, it was her mother’s custom to quickly finish her domestic tasks so that she could greet the father of her children when he returned from his construction business. “No matter what happened, she was always prepared, with a smile on her lips, to welcome him.”
On June 21st we will celebrate Father’s Day in the United States. It’s an opportunity to give thanks for and to celebrate with our fathers who are alive and, like St. Teresa, to recall memories of our fathers who have died.
Throughout the year, Catholic Charities Denver Marisol Health Services takes opportunities to encourage and support fathers in a variety of ways which include education in how to best support a partner or spouse through pregnancy, pastoral care when a miscarriage occurs, help with post-partum depression, assistance in making parenting decisions, and providing resources and referrals for additional support.
St. Teresa of Calcutta,
The memory of your father and the example of your mother invites us to reflect on the lives of our parents. Help us to overlook their faults and rejoice in the gift of life they gave to us. Please ask God for grace to be given to new and experienced fathers to enable them to support their spouses or partners and love their children. We ask this through Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family,