Lent: Opportunities to Make a Difference through Social Action

Opportunities to serve and to learn

Lent

“The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.” – Pope Francis


Lent – in addition to abstinence, fasting and prayer – is a good time to explore opportunities to help those in most need. This page on the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website provides highlights of the Church’s teachings on social justice.

The Holy Cross Book Club is currently reading a book about how one woman, who grew up in the turmoil of World War One, lived a life committed to serving those in need. The book, “Love is the Measure,” explores the life and legacy of Dorothy Day, an American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert who co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper, which spawned a movement of houses of hospitality and farming communes that has been replicated throughout the United States – including one in Durham – and other countries. It’s not too late to join. View details here

Holy Cross has a strong history of involvement in community organizations that minister to the needs of others and strive to make Durham a strong community. Two of those are Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) - http://www.dcia.org/) - and Durham CAN – Durham Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods (Durham CAN). View their websites for upcoming events and watch for notices from Ava Thompson, coordinator of the Justice, Peace and Human Concerns Commission at Holy Cross. Following are a few upcoming events.

Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA). 

View the DCIA calendar for details.

  • 17th Annual Women’s Forum: Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence, Mar. 28, 6-8 PM
  • Women of Color Empowerment Brunch, Mar. 30, 9 AM – 1 PM
  • FCMI Annual Conference: Hope and Healing: Faith Communities and the Suicide Crisis, Apr. 5, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods)

Public Assembly on Jobs and Living Wages, March 21, 7-8:30 PM. View details 

CROP Walk Durham

Sign up to walk on the Holy Cross team, or make a donation for parishioners who are walking on Sunday, April 7. Details here and in our gathering space.

Other Service Opportunities

Families Moving Forward logoFamilies Moving Forward | Open House

Holy Cross provides volunteer support several times a year for Families Moving Forward. This organization helps provide a stable, safe and loving environment for families with children, while they are in the temporary crisis of homelessness. Holy Cross is scheduled to assist on April 1-2 and June 17-18. Read about Families Moving Forward. Want to know more about them before you sign up? Register for one of their Open House dates: April 27 or May 11, 10 a.m. To volunteer for our April & June support dates, send a text or call our liaison Elizabeth at 919-791-9147.

Catholic Charities Durham logoCatholic Charities Durham

The Diocese of Raleigh’s Catholic Charities is opening a Community Food Pantry this spring, to serve Durham and Orange counties. The new facility will replicate the service model currently in practice at Catholic Parish Outreach in Raleigh. It will be a collaborate effort engaging multiple partners through Durham and Orange counties to address this incredibly important need. View a video interview with Program Director Elise Mudd

Backpack Buddies

Holy Cross is among the churches providing individual-serving packages of healthy food and snacks for children on the free and reduced lunch program. These donations help assure children in need have nutritional food for the weekend. Read about an upcoming fundraiser to help fight food insecurity in Durham. View suggested food items here.

Tags: Lent, DCIA, Durham Can, Dorothy Day Book Club Reading, Holy Cross Book Club, Justice Peace and Human Concerns Commission

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