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Resources for Catholic Response to Refugees & Migrants

The Church's social teachings tell us that all people have the right to live in conditions worthy of human life. We have compiled several resources for you to use in your community to live out in holiness our baptismal call to love our neighbor, especially our vulnerable refugee & migrant sisters and brothers.


March 2017 Good News Newsletter

View the latest Good News newsletter, plus all issues for the past year, including March 2016.

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CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is a Catholic Relief Services Lenten program of prayer, fasting, learning, and giving. Resources for parishes, schools and families.


75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the Internment of Japanese Americans during WWII

A lesson plan for students that offers various activity options to break open the experience of Japanese Americans during their internment of WWII: taking a look at fear, courage, and when we feel called to take a stand. 
Further resource: Mass Tips and Prayer of the Faithful Resources at

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Going Forth in Joy! Missionary Disciples Formation Program – Offered in English & Spanish

Calling all frontline parish and school ministers...Catholic teachers, principals, DREs, lay ecclesial ministers, catechists, priests, deacons and wives, you name it! Join us for a weekend to assist you in carrying out the privilege and responsibility you bear of instilling a missionary spirit in the faithful by helping you create and support "communities of missionary disciples" that go forth in joy.

Learn more & register

Guatemala Immersion for Teachers, Catechists, and Youth Ministers - June 14-22, 2017

A Maryknoll and Catholic Relief Services Collaboration


Who Is My Neighbor? The Face of Poverty in Washington State

A pastoral letter from the Catholic bishops of Washington State, along with a study guide and a video, is available for online viewing and ordering. Suggested use: small group sharing during Lent.


Contests for children and youth 2016-2017


Syria and other global emergencies and CRS responses

Whether the disasters are rooted in civil strife or natural causes, millions of innocent people have found their lives in turmoil. Your Catholic Relief Services teams and local partners are on the ground providing vital assistance.


Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): On Care for Our Common Home

Resources for Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and climate change

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Advocacy: Sign up for Catholics Confront Global Poverty (CCGP)

Learn how you can join other U.S. Catholics to defend the lives and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world, and urge our nation to act in response to the many faces of poverty.


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