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We pray for the vulnerable, oppressed, those in need. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, shield the joyous;
Help us minister in your love; O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel Make each of us ready to receive you into our hearts, to serve you in all whom we meet, and to greet you in your glory on the day of your appearing;
Help us minister in your love; O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel We pray for peace and justice in every nation and throughout the world; be present to all whose lives are touched by failed relationships and natural disasters; we pray for those who serve the homeless, support families, reverence all life; give strength to those who shelter the abused, lift children from poverty, give hope to the trapped;
Help us minister in your love; O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel
Over the past year, Catholic Social Service staff members have counseled women experiencing unintended pregnancies, supported and educated teen moms who are trying to become good parents, and have prepared couples who have opened their lives and hearts to adopt a child. We have taught individuals and couples how to communicate and nurture healthy relationships that will last a lifetime, and we have counseled individuals and families who are struggling to overcome and heal from addiction. We have worked to make sure that the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and that basic needs are met. In short, we have continued our mission of helping those in need, regardless of their faith.Click here to read more in our 2014 Annual Report.
Ed. Note: Adoption is a wonderful gift. Though sometimes portrayed in negative ways by the media, most experiences of adoption are beautiful love stories—such as the one Jenny* shares below.
My husband Bill and I have been married for six years. Having children and raising a family had always been our expectation. By the time we were married, most of our siblings and friends already had children, so of course we were excited and ready to be parents ourselves. We soon learned, however, that having children of our own might not be so easy.
We made a few trips to multiple cities to be treated by wonderful doctors who have helped so many couples conceive, but everything we tried was unsuccessful. We felt so hopeless at times. Words can't even explain this experience of loss.
Fortunately, our marriage only grew stronger, because we were there for each other and continued to rely on God. This didn't always come easily, but it helped that Bill has a great sense of humor, and we were able to laugh at some of the crazy situations and conversations that come with infertility.
When Esta Soler lobbied for a bill outlawing domestic violence in 1984, one politician called it the "Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act." "If only I had Twitter then," she mused. This sweeping, optimistic talk charts 30 years of tactics and technologies -- from the Polaroid camera to social media -- that led to a 64% drop in domestic violence in the U.S.