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We are called to serve one another

Jesus said, “this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (Jn 15:12) As Christians we are called by these words of Christ to love and care for one another. The greatest way to outwardly express our love for one another is through charity- by donating our time, talent, and treasures to those in need.

The Advent and Christmas seasons are wonderful times to volunteer help for the less-fortunate in our community, but it’s important to keep in mind that there are many needs throughout the year that could benefit from your helping hands.

There are many ways to get involved in the Catholic ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Louis that help the poor, abused, neglected, elderly, disabled and lonely in our community. We invite you take a deeper look into to each of our ministries and help in whichever ways speak to you.

Father Dempsey’s Charities

Since 1906, Father Dempsey's Charities has provided transitional housing and a safe place to give a fresh start to men without a home. Today, Fr. Dempsey’s gives up to 60 residents a place to live and help with daily nourishment, getting a job, obtaining needed medical treatment, and accessing government benefits available due to military service, age, or disability. The average length of stay is one year.

As guests prepare to leave Father Dempsey's Charities to begin living independently, there is need for furniture and household items to help them get started. If you have useful items in good condition to share, please contact Maureen Quinn at 314.652.7275.

Contact Father Dempsey’s to volunteer or donate at 314.535.7221 or donate online.

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Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Catholic Charities of St. Louis is one of the largest private providers of social services in the state of Missouri. Catholic Charities is comprised of 8 agencies offering more than 100 programs to assist, on average, more than 150,00 poor and impoverished people annually.

The Catholic Charities agencies and nearly 6,000 volunteers are dedicated to serving countless children, women, and men who do not have enough food to eat; who are deprived of adequate education, housing, or employment; who suffer the trauma of abuse or neglect.

Contact Catholic Charities year round for volunteer opportunities or to donate at 314.367.550 or donate online.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

“Serving Christ’s needy is the first purpose of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.”

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides services in crisis intervention, housing, criminal justice ministry, transportation, and health.

Most parishes have a Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference, which are “chapters” of the Society. To find volunteer opportunities with your parish SVDP conference, you can call your parish office or look at the list of SVDP conferences.

To volunteer or donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul call 314.881.6000 or donate online.

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Before the Cross | Silence is essential to the evangelization of the young Church

Archbishop Carlson accepted his World Series wager winnings from Bishop Vann (Fort Worth) at the US Bishop's Annual Fall Meeting, which included a $680 check for Catholic Charities of St. Louis. Photo by CNS Nancy Wiechec By Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

Silence is not simply the absence of noise. It is a necessary condition for discernment and reflection, for meditation and prayer, and for "welcoming the word" into our minds and hearts.

Silence is necessary for evangelization -- welcoming God's word and integrating it into our daily lives. Unless we are able to filter out the ever-increasing bombardment of messages of social communication and mass media, there is no way we can welcome God's word. Or reflect on it prayerfully. Or act on it in our daily lives.

Silence is essential to our ministry to the young Church. Young women and men are the targets of advertisements and the entertainment media. They are the constant recipients of seductive and alluring images that are meant to persuade them to think, dress, consume and behave in certain ways. They are told what to do and what to value. To counteract the barrage of secular or worldly communications directed at the young, we must preach the Gospel in word and action. But we must also make room for silence to allow members of the young Church to welcome the word and to discern what they are being called to be and do as followers of Jesus Christ.

The patron saint of silence is St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. In the Gospels he does not speak a word. He listens. He reflects. He acts. St. Joseph welcomed the word of God into his mind and heart. He welcomed Jesus, the Word made flesh, into his family and into his loving care. The silence of St. Joseph speaks louder than words. It gives bold witness to his unique vocation as redemptoris custos (the guardian of our redeemer).

If we want to reach out to members of the young Church and encourage them to welcome God's word in their lives, we need to help them discover what it means to be silent. If we want to foster vocations to ordained ministry, to consecrated life, to marriage and to the dedicated single life, we must help young men and women discover times and places where they can turn off the noise of modern life and tune in to the grand silence of God's holy peace.

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