Link Here For Reflections on the Weekly Readings: http://www.htdiocese.org/parish-social-ministry
Our office also provides a Guide To Area Resources to help families find other programs in our community that can help them. Items are added throughout the year as new programs are discovered. This guide is fully updated once a year.
|Bringaze Family Fund|
|Byron E. Talbot Contractor Fund|
|Callais Family Fund|
|Dr. Werner & Virginia Hagen Family Fund|
|Giardina Family Fund|
Catholic Charities spends 94 cents of every $1 on programs and nothing on fundraising. We are certified under the national Standards for Excellence. Donations may be designated for the Catholic Charities Endowment, for annual program support or for a specific program.
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Congratulations to our St. Lucy Child Development Center Foster Grandparents for their United States Senate Volunteer Service Award Certificates from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy received at the 2017 Foster Grandparent Banquet and presented by board member Woody Louviere! Doretha Miller was recognized for 20,000 volunteer hours, Annie Mae Holmes for 15,000 volunteer hours and Mary Packer for 10,000 volunteer hours. These are three of the more than 65 Foster Grandparents in the program sponsored by Catholic Charities in many sites throughout the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. For more information about the Foster Grandparent Program click here.
For more information about how your church can celebrate stewardship of the earth click here: http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/2017-healthy-soils/
February 9, 2017
Protect Poor and Vulnerable People from Further Budget Cuts
As the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux I call upon you, Governor Edwards and our state Senators and Representatives, to protect the people of Louisiana who are most vulnerable - our children, our frail elderly and disabled citizens, our mentally and physically ill – by sparing from further cuts the social and health programs that help\ them. I urge you to confront with courageous hearts those who would forget or deny that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person. Catholic social teaching holds that people who are poor and badly off have a claim to special consideration from the State. A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of poor and vulnerable people first.
Ministering to people in need through our social services is at the very heart of what we do as Catholic Charities. We join in this work with social agencies from other denominations, with non-profits, community organizations, concerned individuals and government agencies. Now more than ever our services are needed. But the Department of Children and Family Services has seen consistent cuts since 2009. The Office of Elderly Affairs was cut at a time when older people are deciding between food and medicine. The Child Care Assistance Program, helping low-income working parents pay for child care, has dropped 27,000 children in the last 8 years making it much harder for parents to remain working. We are facing the real possibility that the 350,000 Louisianians who just recently gained Medicaid insurance will be dropped by the federal government in addition to many children already getting health care through LaChip. And the fact that parents and grandparents have to show up at the Legislature year after year to beg for help for their severely disabled children is a travesty. And all of this is in a state where 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty. We cannot afford to balance our state budget by cutting services to these most vulnerable people.
Human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities--to one another, to our families, and to the larger society. We are called to join together as a state to do the right thing. We need your leadership, as we continue to do our part to help Louisiana’s most vulnerable citizens.
Robert D. Gorman LCSW, ACSW