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Advent Calendar – a new digital resource from Catholic Relief Services

Sign up now for reminders! It can be difficult to stay focused during the Advent season and find time to reflect and pray. The CRS Advent calendar offers brief daily inspiration with quotes and images for reflection and preparation of hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.


December 2018 Good News Newsletter

View the latest Good News newsletter, plus all issues for the past year, including December 2017.

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“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” A Pastoral Letter Against Racism

Prayer and educational resources on the U.S. Bishops recent pastoral letter against racism.


Migrant Caravans in Central America

In recent weeks, thousands of Central Americans have fled their country to escape violence, extreme poverty and political and economic uncertainty. The Catholic Church has played a critical role supporting migrants during this humanitarian crisis and has served more than 7,000 people at different stations.

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Yemen Crisis

Help Families Suffering From Conflict and the Cholera Crisis


Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Annual National Christmas Artwork Contest

Announcing the 2018-2019 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) National Christmas Artwork Contest! Twenty-two winners will be selected in this national competition; their artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during Advent and Christmas 2019.

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Live, Lead and Serve with Abundant Joy! Feb. 9-10, 2019 in Tacoma

This program provides Catholic ministers and educators the knowledge, skills, and resources to better help their communities go forth as agents of encounter and positive Christian change rooted in global solidarity.

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Guatemala Immersion June 2019

Together with Maryknoll, we invite Catholic educators of all kinds - catechists, teachers, youth ministers - on a missionary discipleship immersion to Guatemala, June 19-27, 2019.

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Pope Francis and Archbishop Sartain invite you to “Share the Journey”

Pope Francis has launched a two-year global initiative to support our sisters and brothers who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. Contact us in the Missions Office with questions, and your ideas and plans! Learn about the resources available to you, your parish, school, and community:

75 years is worth celebrating … all year long

Join your Catholic Relief Services on their 75th anniversary as they share stories of compassionate people like you doing extraordinary things all over the world. This is the story of us. View this month’s featured story, "A Time to Educate," and take the opportunity to explore the world and do good.

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.


Global emergencies and Catholic Church 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.


New parish resource

The Parish Ambassador Corps is a new global solidarity initiative from Catholic Relief Services helping parishes “Share the Journey.” Parishioners who become ambassadors receive formation and assist parish leadership. Information about this resource, en Español and in English:

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