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Thanks to you, we make it all happen this holiday
12/19/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

We couldn’t do it without you!  Catholic Charities could not bring the joy of Christmas to thousands of people throughout Cook and Lake counties without unbelievably generous and kind-hearted people like you who graciously volunteer time and donate loads of toys, pieces of warm clothing, and other gifts to our clients every year. 

Catholic Charities, the Salt and Light of the World
11/01/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

The headlines in Chicago’s news media have been far too tragic in the last few months.   We have heard how gang violence, repeated shootings, school closings, high unemployment, “food deserts,” and rising school drop-out rates plague the most beleaguered neighborhoods.   With so much bad news, it is easy to think that these neighborhoods are hopeless.

And yet, Catholic Charities has thousands of success stories that come right from these very neighborhoods that are besieged by violence and destruction.  

The Call to Value and Honor Society's Oldest Members
10/01/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

“The elderly need to be treated with love.”  That was one of the underlying messages of Pope John Paul’s Letter to the Elderly, which he released 14 years ago in October of 1999.  This historic letter should guide us this fall as lawmakers get back to the difficult task of implementing budget cuts in the face of an aging population. 

Pope Shines Light of Hope on Those Most in Need
09/25/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

In simple words that have deeply touched people of all ages and from all walks of life, Pope Francis has shone a new light of hope on those most in need and helped us as faithful Christians examine our hearts and refocus our own priorities.

“Protect with tenderness.”  That is the beautiful command that he gave to each one of us at his installation on March 19, the feast day of St. Joseph, the “custos” or “protector” of Jesus and Mary:

“The vocation of being a “protector”…means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.  …It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness.  In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it.”

Mother Teresa Reminds Us--"It's You and I"
09/25/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

As I watched the news coverage of Pope Francis’ first trip abroad to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day, I couldn’t help but think of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whose feast day we observe September 5.

Mother Teresa was a simple woman.  Cardinal George accurately described her when he said “she was what we saw.”  What we saw was a humble servant of God and of God’s most destitute people.  We watched her demonstrate her tireless commitment to children, the dying, the desperately poor, the hungry and homeless, the sick, the abandoned.