Looking Forward to Mother’s Day on May 13th
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Each year, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago takes up its Annual Collection on Mother’s Day! This year, as the Church continues to celebrate the Easter Season and the Resurrec­tion of Christ, I ask you to consid­er how together, we can give new life to our neighbors in need.

How appropriate it is that—even as we honor our own beloved mothers, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church— we are generously providing help to poor and struggling mothers, fathers and children—and people of all faiths in need of the basic necessities of life throughout Cook and Lake Counties.

Let us consider the mothers who will be in great need on Mother’s Day, especially those who work outside of the home. They may not be able to focus on the joys of motherhood. They may be preoc­cupied with worry for their chil­dren, or feel overwhelmed by the demands of family life. The major­ity of women, 63 percent, work outside the home; and 77 per cent of all mothers with school age children work. One in four working families earns too little to meet basic needs.

On Mother’s Day and every day, these great needs of families drive Catholic Charities’ mission. “Love one another as I love you.” These words of Jesus from St. John’s Gospel (15:12) are Christ’s com­mand for every day of the year— and Catholic Charities lives them every day in our 157 programs at our 162 sites!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors last year, 1,910 members of homeless families were shel­tered and guided toward self-sufficiency. We offered quality, affordable day care for 1,577 poor children whose parents worked or attended school. We provided safe, affordable housing to 1,725 older adults living on fixed in­comes in our beautiful senior residences. We served nearly 2.2 million emergency meals to hun­gry individuals and families, and provided more than 20,000 hours of professional coun­seling.

If it were not for the gener­ous hearts and offerings of parishioners throughout the Archdiocese, on Mother’s Day and throughout the year, we would not be able to help so many people. We also owe tremendous grati­tude to the 5,000 volunteers who deliver meals, hold fundraisers large and small, read to the children in our family shelters, organize our donated clothing rooms for men and women, and assist Catholic Charities clients in job preparation and place­ment—among many other services!

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” May these words from the First Letter of John (4:7) summarize our faith and commitment to charity.

Thank you for your love and prayers for your neighbors in need and for your generosity during Catholic Charities’ Annual Moth­er’s Day appeal. Without your help, we could not meet the needs of our struggling neighbors.

May the love of Christ and His Blessed Mother bless your fami­lies and keep you close to each other and to God’s people in need.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our faithful readers who are mothers, grandmothers and great-grand­mothers! Enjoy your special day and God bless you!

92 percent of each dollar you give goes directly to help someone in need. To learn more about Catholic Charities, or to volunteer or donate, please visit www.catholiccharities. net

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