“If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live; he has set before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.” Sirach 15:15-16
In this week’s readings, we hear about following God’s commandments. Life is full of choices…as human beings we don’t always make the best choices. We are human. We fall down. We make mistakes. Sometimes we pick ourselves up, other times it is harder to move on. Sometimes we forgive, other times we can’t. Sometimes, we just need help to figure things out.
Maybe you know somebody who needs help working through a problem. Catholic Charities is a great place to refer people, it’s hard to believe all the amazing counseling services they provide. They offer a light to people in darkness. Mental health issues, poverty, debt management, bankruptcy, drug or gambling addiction, pregnancy, adoption and parenting support, family conflict…Catholic Charities helps people resolve problems and choose to make better choices.
We recently partnered with Catholic Charities. Chelsea, an Adoption Specialist with Catholic Charities, is using some of our office space at St. Mary’s a few days a week. This allows Catholic Charities to have a presence in this area of the diocese to continue their important work. Chelsea is usually in on Mondays. If you see Chelsea around the St. Mary’s parish center be sure to say “hi’ and introduce yourself.
Last week, our annual diocesan Bishop’s Appeal kicked off. Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal makes a tremendous difference to Catholic Charities. They are in a position to change, or even save people’s lives. To make a gift contact our parish office, use the letter and pledge you received at home or visit the Bishop’s Appeal website at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood