BCI takes a break today from the topic of pastoral planning to share three good Catholic causes you might wish to support during this Christmas holiday season. None of these organizations asked for BCI to give them a plug, and BCI has not contacted any of them to ask for permission to promote their good works here.
1) Daughters of St. Paul: Christmas Concerts This Weekend: Sat. Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11
The Daughters of St. Paul carry out a new form of evangelization by living and witnessing to the Faith through communications. The sisters are active in all forms of media, from traditional publications to e-books, from TV to social media, from the internet to mobile apps—working in the areas of writing, publishing, recording and broadcasting, screen-writing, media literacy, religious education, adult faith formation and spiritual development. They operate 14 Pauline Book and Media Centers throughout the US and English-speaking Canada.
For Boston-area readers, the Daughters perform their annual Christmas concerts this weekend at their convent in Jamaica Plain.
“Celebrate Christmas with the award-winning Daughters of St. Paul Choir in Concert near you. Be taken up into the spirit of Christmas with the Daughters of St. Paul’s unique renditions of Christmas favorites as well as contemporary inspirational songs.”
Saturday, December 10 @ 7:00pm or Sunday, December 11 at 3pm
Daughters of St. Paul Chapel
50 Saint Paul’s Avenue
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
For more information: 617-522-8911
If you cannot make one of the concerts (presented free-of-charge), but would like to support the good works of the Daughters, click here to learn about how you can support them, or click here to directly make a donation.
2) Cor Unum
The Cor Unum Meal Center is a not-for-profit meal center located in South Lawrence, MA. Cor Unum provides free, nutritious meals in a safe environment to anyone who is in need of food, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or way of life. They serve hundreds of people a day.
3) Brotherhood of Hope
The Brotherhood of Hope, established in 1980, is a canonically recognized Catholic community of brothers and priests consecrated to Christ, dedicated to evangelization, and committed to a life together as a spiritual family. Their vision is described as follows:
As Brothers totally consecrated by vows to Jesus Christ, we strive to manifest a vibrant witness of authentic religious Brotherhood. As evangelists, this radical consecration of God First, God Alone fuels our passion for advancing the Lord’s Kingdom through the New Evangelization, primarily to college students at secular universities. Reaching out to inactive and uncommitted Catholics, we encourage conversion to Christ and His Church, and we train students to be leaders who empower others throughout their lives with this liberating hope.
Several readers have forwarded us a recent appeal for support in order for the Brotherhood to accomplish their mission on Boston-area college campuses. Below is the message.
Recently a former Rector of a Seminary told me that the Brotherhood’s FSU work has had a huge ripple-effect throughout Florida. He pointed both to the number and quality of our students pursuing the priesthood and to the increased evangelistic fruit seen in other campus ministries influenced by our missionaries and outreach model. That’s encouraging! What began as a seed nearly two decades ago is now, what one bishop wrote, “perhaps the most effective campus ministry in the country. I hear these comments made all over the USA.” Similarly a wonderful opportunity is before us in Boston with our new mission called Catholic Student HUB. We have the potential to reach many more students at ten diverse colleges in the city.
How? As Cardinal Seán O’Malley wrote me in the spring: through the Brotherhood’s “promoting the evangelization and spiritual formation of countless young people, training interns and lay ministers, witnessing to the virtues of community life, and encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life” [12 Boston alumni are now pursuing such vocations].
We are grateful for the initial seed-funds that the Boston Archdiocese provided to launch HUB. However, to implement our vision we definitely need your prayers and financial support, especially in this opening year. Here are four ways you can help us:
- $75/month assists Br. Ted to train retreat team leaders;
- $180/month aids Br. John to catechize students entering the Church through RCIA;
- $240/month helps Br. Sam to coach our three HUB missionary-interns;
- $2000/month allows the brothers to advance the outreach to nearby colleges in the city.
Please prayerfully consider how you can assist us during our once-a-year appeal by using the enclosed sheet. We likewise promise to intercede frequently for you and any prayer intentions you send us. Adopting the Cardinal’s words of gratitude to the brothers, I sincerely express that “I am profoundly grateful for … [your] invaluable assistance with this initiative.” In Jesus,
Br.Rahl Bunsa, BH
P.S. – Click here to support the Brotherhood of Hope.
All three of these organizations can use your financial support at any time of the year. But as you think about end-of-year charitable contributions for tax planning purposes, BCI invites you to check out each of the organizations and the good work they do, and consider making a donation at whatever level you can afford.