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SIOUX CITY, IA (51105)


Catholic Charities Sunday set for Sept. 26

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

On September 26th there will be a national celebration called Catholic Charities Sunday celebrating 100 years of local Catholic Charities organizations joining together to form Catholic Charities USA.  All Catholic Charities share a common mission of putting the love of God into action to help those in need and to seek justice, peace and honor for the dignity and value of all human life-born and unborn.  Here in the Diocese of Sioux City Catholic Charities mission reads:

Catholic Charities is committed to providing professional mental health therapy/counseling and support to individuals, families and children consistent with Christ’s teachings and to promoting awareness of social justice issues.

As you read their mission and you take the time to consider that mission you will immediately recognize that the words of the mission statement are good words but that they need to be more than just words.

When we wake up in the morning and look out the window to see the beauty of God’s creation, when we hear the stirrings of our families waking up, when we think about the people we love; we might pause to realize that all of this comes from God.  When we think about all the trouble and problems of the world and the times when those troubles were about us and how we prayed to God for help, we might again realize the importance of God in our lives.

At Catholic Charities across the world and at the direction of the Church, they work to make the words of their mission statements an unfolding of God’s truth.  All of us are aware of the great gift of life, the opportunity to be cared for and to care for others and the beauty of this world we live in.  All of us know where these great gifts come from.  We can all also see the difficulties of this troubled world.  It is as we put all of this together that we recognize that God, our creator, is the one who has the right to ask all of us for our help in His unfolding plan for humanity-making this world a better place for all of God’s creation.

Here in the Diocese of Sioux City we aren’t asking for a collection to support their work on Catholic Charities Sunday.  We already have a collection taken up at all the Christmas masses for that purpose, donations given through the Diocesan Annual Appeal and there already are many of you that support Catholic Charities with your own personal donations throughout the year and by writing Catholic Charities into your wills.  They always need these donations but that isn’t the point today.

The help we are asking for on Catholic Charities Sunday is personal for each of you and for your loved ones.  Does God have the right to ask all of us for help in His unfolding plan for humanity-to make this world a better place for all of us?  If you answer yes, would you be willing to, on this one day, act as if you were answering this call for helping God in your own life and the lives of those you love?

If you do this you will see the rewards they we see daily in their work at Catholic Charities as they realize that we are all created in the image of God and deserving of the same kind of love and respect we want for ourselves.  You will also realize that there is no better way to thank God than to help God in his unfolding plan for humanity-making this world a better place for all of His creation.

Your brother in Christ,

Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless
Bishop of Sioux City



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