We know not all are able to join an RSVP group so we've created an at-home study! During the season of Lent, you are invited to participate in a six-week, parish-wide series with a particular focus on the Washington State Catholic Bishops' recent pastoral letter on poverty in our state.
This week, we invite you to spend some time learning about Fair Trade. Consider how you’re using your purchasing power. Visit Catholic Relief Services’ new Ethical Trade website to learn more about fair trade, including a shopping guide for a variety of items. How could you “Fair Trade” your Easter celebration this year?
This week, we invite you to spend some time reveiwing these global, state and local poverty facts. Consider trying the weekly challenge connected to fasting by eating on the typical food stamp allotment for a week, making a CRS Rice Bowl recipe from one of the featured countries, or bringing the global reality to life by doing a simplified version of the CRS Hunger Banquet with your family or friends. You could donate the money you saved on food to your CRS Rice Bowl.
This week, we invite you to spend some time reviewing these facts about poverty in Washington State as well as these reflections on the letter and Sunday Gospel. Consider trying the weekly challenge of living on a poverty line budget for a week or day to see what it's like.
During this first week of Lent, we invite you to read the Bishops' Pastoral on Poverty entitled "Who Is My Neighbor: The Face of Poverty in Washington State". Click here for English and here for Spanish.
We also invite you to watch this powerful video above (17 minutes) released with the letter, featuring stories of people living in poverty and faith around our state.
Finally, each week will feature a challenge. This week, we invite you to consider making time this month for an encounter with those living on the margins. Consider signing up for OLG's Day of Service on March 25 or for Catholic Advocacy Day on March 16.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me…Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.”
(Matthew 25:35-36, 40)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is committed to working with all people in need, including those in our own parish community, in our High Point neighborhood, and in the world at large. By working together in partnership with individuals, groups, and organizations, we strive to serve others with compassion and love. This outreach takes many forms—from charity and direct service to advocacy, education, and empowering solidarity. In all of our efforts, we strive to listen, learn, and work together to build up God's kingdom.
There are many ways for people to get involved in these ministries and you don’t have to be a parishioner or even Catholic! This web page provides an overview of the many programs and services that we support.