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Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus

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Office for Social Concerns

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Upcoming Events

V Encuentro Diocesan Day for
Hispanic/Latino Ministry

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Join Bishop Robert J. Brennan & the Latino Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus as we continue the process of discernment and dialogue. Guest speaker: Dr. Ospino Hosffman. Lunch will be provided. Accommodations made for English speaking attendees. Bishop Hartley High School, 1285 Zettler Road, Columbus. THIS EVENT IS FREE! Online Registration . Flyer | Schedule .

Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Season of Creation is September 1 to October 4

Pope Francis has called for an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, marking the beginning of the “Season of Creation,” which lasts through the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4.  As a Church we are called to spend time in prayer for the care of creation and to act as good stewards of God's gifts. Visit our  Care for God's Creation webpage  for ways to you celebrate this day and care for God's creation. Our webpage includes a Creation Care Guide for families, parishes, and schools. CLICK HERE.  
Creation Care Tips
Bulletin Insert
Share this bulletin insert with your family, friends, and fellow parishioners. Includes a prayer and practical suggestions to live out the message of the encyclical Laudato Si'.

Monday, September 2, 2019

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues a Labor Day Statement each year in light of Catholic Social Teaching. Last year the bishops 2018 Labor Day Statement called for just wages for a flourishing society.  To read the statement, 2018 statement CLICK HERE .   Resources: English  |   Spanish  When the bishops issue the 2019 statement we will send it out to the network.

Breakfast with the Bishop
Catholic Social Services

Friday, September 6, 2019

Please join Catholic Social Services and our new bishop, Robert J. Brennan for the annual Breakfast with the Bishop! The event takes place on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 7:00 am–9:00 am at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Keynote speaker will be Sister Norma Pimentel, a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus and Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. Sister Norma, who has been referred to as the “Mother Teresa of South Texas,” has gained national recognition for her humanitarian work at the Texas border. She was honored as one of Fortune’s 2019 World’s Greatest Leaders and received The University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal last year. Her Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas provides immigrant families with food, shelter, a shower, a change of clothes, and travel assistance. Motivated by faith, the center has helped more than 100,000 people since 2014. Tickets are selling fast! Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-the-bishop-tickets-60935289090 . Please contact Julie Naporano, Director of Development and Communications, at jnaporano@colscss.org with any questions.

Trauma Informed Justice

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lunch and Learn event at the Martin de Porres Center, 2330 Airport Dr., Columbus. “Trauma informed” is an oft-repeated phrase in many fields these days, and the justice system is no exception. The ubiquitous experience of trauma leads us to believe that all fields need to be trained to take a trauma-informed lens. This talk will present some of the lessons learned about becoming a more trauma-informed courtroom and offer some take-away practices that folks can consider using in their everyday interactions with others. Presented by Judge Paul Herbert and Hannah Estabrook of CATCH (changing actions to change habits) Court, Franklin County. Lunch is provided, but you must register CLICK HERE or call (614) 416-1910 .

Jail, Prison, and Reentry Ministry
Evening Prayer and Conversation with Bishop Brennan

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 East North Broadway, Columbus.  Bishop Robert J. Brennan is interested in hearing the thoughts of prison ministers on the challenges and opportunities of this important ministry. Evening prayer followed by informal conversation and refreshments. Please RSVP to the Office for Social Concerns at 614-241-2540 or socmailbox@columbuscatholic.org .  

To learn more about our LEAF ministry supporting families and loved ones of the incarcerated, Click Here.

Parish Respect Life Coordinators Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The diocesan Office for Social Concerns will hold an informational meeting for parish respect life coordinators on Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 6899 Smoky Row Road, Columbus. The meeting will highlight the USCCB Respect Life Program and best practices. Please encourage your respect life coordinator to attend. RSVP at 614-241-2540 or socmailbox@columbuscatholic.org .  

Understanding the Church's Teaching on Peace and Justice

Tuesday, September 24

Jerry Freewalt, Director of the diocesan Office for Social Concerns will present an overview of Catholic Social Teaching, provide examples of the Church's work living out this important message, and offer practical resources. Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m. St. James the Less Church Ministry Center, 1628 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus. Hosted by the St. James the Less Social Concerns Committee.

Fall 40 Days for Life

September 25 to November 3
40 Days for Life. Faithful believers are praying that this effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in America. This peaceful prayer vigil will take place at an abortion facility in Columbus. Participants are asked to volunteer for one-hour shifts and sign a statement of peace. For details and to sign up for a time, visit  www.gcrtl.org/40-days-for-life.html  or call 614-445-8508. 

Friends of the Poor Walk & 5K Run/Walk
Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the 2019 Columbus Friends of the Poor Walk & 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 9 a.m. to Noon. It will be held at St. Francis de Sales High School, 4212 Karl Road, Columbus. 100% of all proceeds go to support persons living in poverty in our diocese. CLICK HERE for Registration - Pledge Form .

Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life

October is Respect Life Month and Respect Life Sunday is October 6, 2019.  The theme—Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life— highlights the Lord’s presence in every stage of our lives. The USCCB Respect Life Program includes timely articles in the form of bulletin inserts, posters, and prayer and worship resources. For resources to promote the dignity of human life visit our  www.usccb.org/respectlife. 

Feast of St. Francis Program

October 4, 2019

Every October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis celebrates the saint who saw all created beings as his brother or sister. Inspired by this example, Catholic Climate Covenant produces a free educational program to help your faith community explore how it can better care for creation and the poor. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

9 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Join us for an extraordinary event featuring dynamic speakers and offering resources to equip you to build a culture of life.

Building a Culture of Life Conference is Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John Neumann Church, 9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury. Topics include pro-life public policy, our response to racism, advanced medical directives, pro-life youth, and an address from Bishop Robert J. Brennan. Sponsored by the diocesan Office for Social Concerns, Marriage & Family Life Office, and Greater Columbus Right to Life. Cost: $25 / Students $10. Register by October 14. For a list of speakers and to register, visit https://bclc2019.eventbrite.com or call 614-241-2540.  Click here for flyer.
Advocacy & News
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Assisting Children and Families at the Border
Our continues to receive requests asking about donations to assist children and families at the border. We are asking the faithful to send donations to Catholic Charities USA at  https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/border-crisis/ . 100% of your donation will help Catholic agencies along the border meet basic needs and ensure that children are being treated with care and kindness. We are aware that religious orders are working in tandem with these agencies in a coordinated effort.

If you wish to send a check instead of an online donation, please make check payable to:

Catholic Charities USA
Memo line: Border Crisis
2050 Ballenger Ave, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-1390

Thank you for Supporting
Tools for Catholic Schools
School Supply Drive!
Thank you for joining the Office for Social Concerns, Office of Catholic Schools, and Generations Religious gifts for our Tools for Catholic Schools school supply drive! Your donations will support hundreds of Catholic school students and families who need help in accessing needed school supplies. We also want to thank the Knights of Columbus for their efforts as well. Here is a photo of the Tools for Catholic Schools box at St. Margaret of Cortona Church last week.
Advocacy, Upcoming Events, Resources

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Jerry Freewalt
Office for Social Concerns
Catholic Diocese of Columbus
197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
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A clean heart create for me, God:
renew within me a steadfast spirit.
Psalm 51:12