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February 2014 Monthly Reflection PSM Office CCUSA Social Policy Around the Section National Partners Resources to Inspire Position_Openings
Monthly Reflection "My child, do not mock the life of the poor; do not keep needy eyes waiting.  Do not grieve the hungry, nor anger the needy.  Do not aggravate a heart already angry, nor delay giving to the needy.  A beggar's request do not reject; do not turn your face away from the poor.  From the needy do not turn your eyes; do not give them reason to curse you.  If in their pain they cry out bitterly, their Rock will hear the sound of their cry," Sirach 4: 1-6. PSM Office Register today for our next Webinar, "PSM Advocacy and Organizing," 3 p.m.--4 p.m. ET, Feb. 13. CCUSA and other partners invite your continued participation in Caritas Internationalis' campaign "One Human Family, Food for All." There is a working bibliography with references to items for personal and group study and a checklist of personal action items for your consideration. Help make the Oct. 5-7 2014 Catholic Charities Annual Gathering (Charlotte, North Carolina) a success for members of our Section.  Workshop proposals are being accepted until March 31, 2014.  Click here for proposal guidelines and here for the submission form.  Contact Amy Stinger for more information. Welcome to Cindy Dobrzynski, Sr. Vice President Mission and Ministry, Catholic Charities USA, effective Jan. 13, 2014.   Parish Social Ministry is one of the offices under her jurisdiction.  Educated at Georgetown University and Boston College, she held various positions in marriage, family life and mission offices prior to her new ministry.

You have probably noticed that CCUSA has revamped its Webpage (, including how it relates to members of our Section.  On the bottom of this main page, there are links to Webinars and events (such as Parish Social Ministry Regional Training weekends); click on either of these to learn more about PSM Webinars and events. There is a page devoted to PSM ( under the tab Mission & Faith.  On the PSM page, you will find direct links to our resources on the scribd site (, our PSM tool kit, PSM email address (, and signup form to our Section. Become more connected with other PSM Section Members by joining the PSM linkedin group.  You will be able to send email to individual Section members and the group, read professional profiles of PSM Section members, etc.  To join the group, establish a free linkedin account and contact Steve Herro. CCUSA PSM has established a collection on for valuable PSM resources. To access the collection, click here.  You will find back issues of this newsletter, prayer resources, important invitations to Section sponsored events, etc.  Let Steve Herro know if you would like to add materials to the collection. Help grow our PSM Section!  Share our recruitment flyer and the sign up link to our free section with colleagues, fellow parish social ministry committee members, etc. Consult the recently revised "Favorite Sources for Prayer and Spiritual Growth from Parish Social Ministers and Ministry."  The inventory assists in your daily prayer life and as you plan meetings and retreats. Are you interested in joining between four and seven PSM colleagues for periodic conference calls to discuss matters of common interest?  Please contact Steve Herro. CCUSA Social Policy Fr. Larry Snyder, President/CEO of Catholic Charities USA and other national Catholic leaders, commented after the Farm Bill Conference Committee reached an agreement on a tentative Farm Bill. Fr. Snyder also joined several national faith leaders by responding to President Obama's January 28 State of the Union Address. Fr. Snyder and top leaders from several of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations and advocates announced a new collaboration to fight the War on Poverty. Brought together by Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), leadership from Feeding America, Save the Children, The Salvation Army, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Lutheran Services in America, United Way and The Alliance for Children and Families all agreed to work together in 2014 to educate, innovate and act to reduce poverty in communities across the country.  For more information, click here.  Click here to sign the petition to EDUCATE.  INNOVATE.  ACT. to reduce poverty during 2014, the 50 anniversay of the War on Poverty.

On January 30, House leaders unveiled principles for reform of our nation's immigration system that provided a potential framework for discussions about comprehensive reform.  Click here to read the response of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
Stay connected to CCUSA Social Policy by subscribing to its e-letter Washington Weekly , following it on Twitter, and liking it on Facebook.  Around the Section Section members contine to demonstrate relationship building and collaboration with other ministry offices.  Ben Russell and Monique Davis, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Jackson, collaborated with the Diocesan Youth Office and St. Joseph Catholic School to plan the diocesan attendance at March for Life, Jan. 21-23, 2014. National Partners The USCCB Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development (JPHD) has begun to accept applications for the 2014 Multimedia Youth Contest.  Submissions are due March 31, 2014.  The USCCB Office of Migration and Refugee Services invites our participation in February 8 National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking.

Catholic Relief Services urges an immediate appeal to President Obama and Congress to grant immediate Temporary Protected Status to Filipinos currently living in the United States.  Order materials for Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl today.  This annual acivity occurs every Lent, which begins on March 5, 2014 this year.  Save the date for the Roundtable's 2014 Social Action Summer Institute, "Setting the Captives Free:  Embracing Christ in the Victim, Offender, and Community," July 20-24, 2014, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Resources to Inspire United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development.  "Selected Quotes of Pope Francis by Subject," helpfully organized by subject and date with link to full text documents. Consider a small group discussion of Pope Francis "Evangelii Gaudium" this Lent.  The edition published by the Word Among Us includes a small group study guide. Winseman, Albert L., Donald O. Clifton, and Curt Liesveld. Living Your Strengths: Discover Your God-Given Talents, and Inspire Your Community . New York: Gallup Press, 2008. Click here for a single file of all 2014 Ordinary Time CCUSA Reflections. Position openings CCUSA and Catholic Charities agency job openings are now posted here.  Post your Catholic Charities agency job opening here. Program Director, Ignatian Formation (Jesuit Volunteer Corps) Director of Church Relations; Regional Organizer-Southern Hub (Bread for the World) Parish Partnership Director (Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, California) Director of Domestic Social Development (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) Lobbyist (NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby) Faith-Economy-Ecology Program Coordinator (Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns)

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