A youth group connected with CRS partner Caritas Nepal, called the Dhobighat Youth Club, distributes emergency relief at a site in Kathmandu, Nepal.A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in the late morning of April 25, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic and claiming thousands of lives. Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this powerful earthquake. Please join with the Catholic community across the United States in responding to our suffering brothers and sisters through a special collection for the work of Catholic Relief Services in Nepal. CRS is the official humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S. and is already responding to urgent needs for shelter, water and food in Nepal. For more information, to to CRS.org. Nepal Earthquake update: 5/5/15
FORMING DISCIPLES - Helping people to grow to their full maturity in Christ based on a rich and deep understanding of Scripture and Tradition. It touches marriage and family, adult and child, leadership and discipleship, and community. Our goals under this priority are:
Launch a Lay Formation Institute to train lay leaders with consideration to the unique needs of our smaller parishes by Jan. 1, 2017.
Introduce at least three new diocesan initiatives to support and enhance faith formation, marriage, and family life by Jan. 1, 2016.
INVITING OTHERS TO THE FAITH - Spreading the joy of the Gospel in both word and deed to the faithful, to those who are not living their baptismal call, and to those who have never known Jesus Christ. Our goal under this priority is:
Establish an Office of Evangelization by Jan. 1, 2016, to work with parishes and guide or enhance efforts to engage those who do not know the faith, have left the faith, or are unengaged in their Catholic faith.
DISCIPLES IN ACTION - Living out our baptismal call and modeling Christ's love, we serve the poor and our neighbors in need. Our goals under this priority are:
Convene an Advocacy and Justice team to enhance and promote Catholic Social Teaching at the parish level, by Sept. 15, 2015.
Build a coordination of care model for efficient outreach to those in need throughout the diocese by July 1, 2016.
Increase volunteer outreach to the poor and marginalized by ten percent by Sept. 30, 2016.