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.
May: Fostering Our Relationships
The words “dependent,” “independent,” and “interdependent,” describe our lives of relationships quite well. As infants we are “dependent” on others to provide what we need. During our adolescent years, we struggle to be “independent” from adults and determine our own destiny with the help of friends. In our adult years, we realize that we are “interdependent” relying on others as others rely on us.
It’s no surprise that Jesus follows the same path. Born in a stable, staying behind in the temple, calling and sending out disciples are his experiences of being “dependent,” “independent,” and “interdependent.” After his resurrection on Easter, Jesus promised to continue his ministry through the power of the Holy Spirit and the mutual relationships between the Holy Spirit and his disciples who grew in number.
Catholic Charities relies on volunteers who are in a mutual relationship with people who provide services and those who receive services. Without volunteers sharing their time, talent, skills, and friendship in a welcoming and committed relationship with others, the scope of what Catholic Charities provides would not be possible.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta knew the value of relationships that are created with God and with each other. She once shared, “We all have the duty to serve God where we feel called. I feel called to help individuals, to love each human being. I never think in terms of crowds in general but in terms of persons. Were I to think about crowds, I would never begin anything. It is the person that matters. I believe in person-to-person encounters.”
Think of the different ways you have volunteered. Think of how your own life has been touched by volunteers. Visit the Catholic Charities volunteer website: (serve.ccdenver.org) and pick a ministry for which you will pray or perhaps volunteer. Without a question, it is only through the efforts of our amazing volunteers and your prayers that we can undertake this amazing journey.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,
You knew the value of relationships created with God and with each other. Through my prayers for volunteers help me to strengthen my friendship with God and in doing so welcoming others into a friendship with me. I ask this in your name.