Ever Given Money to a Homeless Person?

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"Teens from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe put themselves in the shoes of people less fortunate and begged for money on behalf of a family in need - we also worked on their house!"

 
The Lenten Gift Basket Tree

Not unlike a Christmas Giving Tree where individuals and families make Christmas a little brighter for those in need, the Lenten Gift Basket Tree is an invitation for individuals and families to pick and create one of the Gift Basket ideas below for the Catholic Social Service Annual Fundraiser---a Wine Tasting Event and Auction that supports those in need in all 28 counties of southwest KS. For more information about this event, please click here. With a little help from everyone, we can make this one of the most successful events yet!

Here's how it works:

  • If the Lenten Gift Basket Tree isn't already visible, click the "Read More" link to look through the gift basket ideas and pick one that you, or your family, or your organization would like to work on.
  • Leave a comment at the bottom of the list, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to claim a basket so that we can take that basket off of the list.
  • Shop for the items that you'd like to put in the basket. You can arrange and wrap the basket yourself, or we have volunteers who can arrange and wrap your basket for you. Your basket doesn't need to look like the one in the picture; the picture is offered as inspiration to get you started!
  • Bring your basket to a Catholic Social Service office near you (listed at the bottom of this page) by Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014, before noon.
  • Thank you for helping us to help those in need!
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You Are Invited . . .

to make and share a meal with us!

“Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35).

Teen Mom Participants

Catholic Social Service is looking for families and groups to make and share a simple meal with and for the young women in the Teen Moms program. These meals are needed for the Discovery Workshops that take place on Wednesday evenings at Kansas Newman, beginning in September and ending in May.

What is Teen Moms? Teen Moms is a ministry that demonstrates the love of Jesus Christ to teenage mothers and their children. We do this by giving an opportunity for committed Christians to care about, and to love these young mothers through the gift of a meal. Families and groups who are able to stay and eat with the teens provide even greater exposure to the love of God.

After you have called to sign up for a Wednesday night meal, a Teen Mom Staff Member will give you a reminder call on the week that you have signed up to bring dinner. We ask you to bring your meal for 15-20 people to Kansas Newman by 5:15 pm. Teen Mom staff members provide drinks and table service, and we also take care of the set up and clean up before and after the meal.

If your family, a group of friends, or a group that you belong to, would like to provide a meal for these young women---and come to know them in the breaking of the bread---please contact Amy Falcon or Gina Pack at 620-227-1562 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We pray that God bless you in a special way as you share Christ’s love in a very practical way for these young mothers!

 
When Children Ask Questions about Adoption

Talking with Young Children about AdoptionSeveral years ago, a couple from Guatamala approached our agency about creating an adoption plan for their child. Afterwards, they went their separate ways; she returned to Guatamala, and he moved to Texas. Every once in awhile, the birthfather calls us to check on the child, and to get pictures, exchange letters, and so on.

It was a couple from Wichita who adopted their child, and subsequently moved to Kansas City. In a recent blog entry, they describe how they much they have come to relish the periodic contact they have with the birth parents of their child:

Our son has begun to understand what being adopted means and he has been asking a lot of tough questions. This past week he asked to see the pictures of his birth parents at the hospital holding him, and he has made us repeat his adoption story to him numerous times. Sometimes he tells people about his birth parents and he embellishes the holes in the information with his own romantic ideas about them. We have been feeling guilty that we don't have more to give or tell him about his birth parents.

It is heartbreaking when your child says they miss and love these people that gave them life, yet he has not seen them since he was 24 hours old. At times he misses them so much that he cries and all we can do is hug him. However, it is comforting to know that our stories have reassured him that they love him and that his adoption was an act of love. 

To my friends that are not familiar with adoption. It is not hurtful to us that he misses his birth parents. We are happy that our son has the capacity to love so many people so deeply. If it were not for them, our family would not exist. If it were not for them, we would have missed out on all the joy that this little boy has brought into our life. His love for them does not diminish his love for us in any way.

So, after not hearing from them for 3 years, it is almost like they sensed that he needed them. The agency contacted us today and said that his birth father called in to check on him. He also said he would love to receive some pictures of him. He gave us his new address in Texas, as well as his birth mother's address in Guatemala. I can't wait to pick him up from school and to tell him, and show him on a map where they are living now. This is really going to make him so very happy!

I am sure this weekend he will be helping me to make a scrapbook of pictures to send to them.
 

 
Refrigerator Magnets for those in Need!

Refrigerator Magnets

Fill out this simple form below to order your choice of seven commitment magnets to help us keep our non-food pantry stocked. Each magnet identifies a couple of the items we need for those we serve in southwest KS (e.g. toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, wipes, deodorant, etc.). We'll send the magnet(s) to you in the mail. Put it on your refrigerator, and bring those items to your closest Catholic Social Service office once a month.

That's it! A small tangible act that makes a BIG difference!

Want to order a batch for your group or parish? We can accommodate that, too!

Office addresses are located along the bottom of this website, and along the bottom of each magnet.

Thank YOU!

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Free Formula for Parents of Infant Children

FormulaAre you a parent of an infant child who is trying to stretch your dollars to make ends meet?

Are you a member of a parish in southwest Kansas who knows of young parents who could use a little bit of help?

If so, we have free formula, and we can work to get it to you. Call 620-792-1393.

 
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