Ending Hunger, Building Solidarity through the Power of Prayer and Action

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Pope Francis has called on Catholic organizations, other faith traditions and people of good will to join in a campaign to combat hunger under the banner: One Human Family, Food for All. 

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Pope Francis has called on Catholic organizations, other faith traditions and people of good will to join in a campaign to combat hunger under the banner: One Human Family, Food for All.  On December 10, at 12noon, Pope Francis will launch the campaign with a 5 min. video inviting dioceses, parishes, families, individuals and others to participate in a global wave of prayer (available in Spanish and French) that joins our brothers and sisters in faith  around the world:   Parishes, schools, agencies, institutions, and individuals are all invited to participate in the wave of prayer to end hunger.  The prayer will begin in on the Island of Samoa and will progress around the world in each time zone until it reaches the island again some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later.

In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium just released, Pope Francis has eloquently reminded us, “In all places and circumstances, Christians, with the help of their pastors, are called to hear the cry of the poor” (191). Nearly one person in eight does not get enough to eat every day; yet the world produces enough food for everyone. This is the scandal that our hunger campaign is urgently calling us to address.

The launch of the One Human Family, Food for All campaign coincides with the period of Advent, when we focus on the mystery of the Incarnation of our Lord. One of the ways Jesus is manifest to us is in the faces of the poor, the excluded, the outcast, and the marginalized (Mt 25). The One Human Family, Food for All campaign will provide Catholics in the United States and around the world with the opportunity to bring Christ’s love to those in need, through prayer and through action.

Please mark your calendars for December 10 (Noon) as pastors, parishes and families come together with our global Church to fight hunger.

Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA are the two US members of Caritas Internationalis, the global network of 165 Catholic organizations working in humanitarian emergencies and international development. For the US Catholic Church, Catholic Charities USA addresses domestic poverty and CRS responds to global needs.

Sample Pulpit Announcement December 7/8

On December 10, 2013 Pope Francis will launch a global campaign to end world hunger. To mark the beginning of the campaign, at noon on December 10 all people of faith are invited to pause for a moment and say a prayer for an end to world hunger. At noon local time on December 10th, a global wave of prayer will begin on the Island of Samoa and will progress around the world in each time zone until it reaches the island again some 24 hours and more than 164 countries later. Please support this effort by stopping and praying wherever you are at noon on December 10, and by organizing your workplace, school, or other organization to join you. You can find additional information and a sample prayer from Rome being used around the world at the Catholic Relief Services website— www.CRS.org

Pastors and Clergy 

  • Speak to parishioners about the global campaign of prayer and action to end the scandal of widespread hunger in our communities and around the world on December 10
  • Use the resources below in your parish and schools
  • Encourage parishioners to participate in the many agencies and programs serving those most in need in our communities and globally 

Catholic Schools, Religious Education Programs, and Youth Ministry

  • Show students the video (available December 9) from the Holy Father launching the campaign against hunger.
  • Use excerpts from Catholic social teaching to help students understand why we work to combat hunger as a community of faith around the world.
  • Show students photos from the Caritas Internationalis Facebook page of our brothers and sisters in faith around the world praying for an end to world hunger, to explain that we are part of a universal Church.
  • Use the statistics on hunger (forthcoming) to help students learn about this global tragedy.
  • Participate in CRS Rice Bowl (CRSricebowl.org) during Lent and learn about how Catholics in the United States, through CRS, are working to end poverty and hunger, and how you can help.

Parishes

  • Recite the Global Hunger Campaign Prayer (available in Spanish and French) at the end of the Masses on December 14-15.
  • Through announcements at Masses December 7-8, (see above) encouraging parishioners to join the universal Church in a silent prayer wherever they are at noon on December 10th. .
  • Put links to the Holy Father’s video and the photos of prayer from around the world on the parish web site when it is released December 9.
  • Continue to pray for an end to world hunger through the daily and weekly Prayers of the Faithful.
  • Through the bulletin, encourage parishioners to take the Hunger Pledge and advocate for policies that address hunger at home and abroad.
  • Participate in CRS Rice Bowl during Lent and learn about how Catholics in the United States, through CRS, are working to end poverty and hunger, and how you can help.

Individuals , Families and Parish Ministries

In solidarity with the wave of global prayer, there are acts of charity in our diocese that individuals and parish ministries are encouraged to engage in throughout the year:

  • Catholic Charities of Central Florida:  Catholic Charities of Central Florida is a member agency of Catholic Charities USA, who supports their agencies across the country in their work to provide critical services to those in need, advocate for justice in social structures and call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.  For information on these activities, contact Elizabeth Clayton at 407-246-4823 or email: emclayton@orlandodiocese.org

Year-Round Opportunities to Help

  • Volunteer to sort and box donations at a Catholic Charities Food Pantry or Food Bank
  • Hold a food drive for needed items at a Catholic Charities Food Pantry or Food Bank
  • Prepare and serve a meal at Pathways to Care, a homeless respite center in Seminole County
  • Write encouraging notes or cards to go in the bags of food given to hungry families at Catholic Charities’ food pantries
  • Buy One, Give One – Donate the extra item from BOGO sales to the food pantry
  • Donate peanut butter and jelly to help provide lunches to hungry school children
  • $1.50 is the average cost per meal for a family receiving food stamps. Try it for one week and donate the money you save to the food pantry.
  • Donate $30 to feed one student and their family over the weekend for approximately one month through the SmilePak program in Polk County. This donation will allow SmilePak to purchase a backpack and healthy, easy to prepare meals. 

January/February

  • Hold a “Souper Bowl of Caring” canned food drive
  • During Lent, Help a Refugee Family! (Contact Lauren Mynatt for pick-up/drop off details and more information; lauren.mynatt@cflcc.org or 407-658-1818 x2122)
  • Personal hygiene supply drive:
    • Toilet paper
    • Shampoo
    • Soap
    • Tooth brushes
    • Toothpaste
  • Personal hygiene supply drive:
    • Forks, knives, spoons
    • Plates, bowls, cups
    • Pots and pans
    • Mixing and serving bowls
    • Kitchen utensils (spatulas, wooden spoon, knives, serving utensils, etc)
    • Can openers
    • ***Catholic Charities is always in need of donated vehicles for refugee families***
  • Mission Office of the Diocese of Orlando:  Hundreds of lives have been touched in the Dominican Republic and here in the Diocese of Orlando since the late Bishop Thomas Grady of Orlando and the late Bishop Ronald Conners of San Juan de la Maguana initiated a mutually beneficial sister relationship between the two dioceses in 1983.  Construction, health, pastoral and educational missions take place throughout the year.  Currently we operate a Catholic school high up in the central mountains of the Dominican Republic. There are four PreK-4th grade sites in four villages about an hour walk apart and a middle school for grades 5-8. . Children are eager to learn and in a recent study by the Dominican Education Ministry our school ranked 65 out of the 5515 schools in the DR.
  • Throughout the year parishes, schools and those interested in the Mission collect items needed to sustain life in the mountains. Below is a list of items we are presently in need of:
    • Backpacks Due to Mission Office by December 12
    • Peanut Butter Due to Mission Office by February 20, 2014

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