“We need to grow in a solidarity which would allow all peoples to become the artisans of their destiny, since every person is called to self-fulfillment.” Populorum Progressio: 65, 15
The Diocese of Raleigh, in collaboration with Catholic Charities, develops and recommends resources and initiatives to address poverty, hunger and homelessness.
Dignity of Work: St. Joseph Day to be Observed May 1
As we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1, we are reminded of the relationship between Joseph (a carpenter) and all workers. Bishop Burbidge is encouraging all pastors to provide an opportunity to the faithful of their parish to ask for the heavenly intercession of Saint Joseph the Worker for those who are unemployed and underemployed.
Download this bulletin announcement and prayer (PDF), which can be used at parishes.
The Catholic bishops of the United States have long held that the most effective way to build a just economy is to make decent work at decent wages available for all those capable of working. When the economy fails to generate sufficient jobs, there is a moral obligation to protect the life and dignity of unemployed and underemployed workers and their families. Learn more about labor issues at the USCCB website.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh
As the charitable outreach arm of the Diocese of Raleigh, the mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh is to respond to the Gospel mandates of Our Lord Jesus by performing corporal works of mercy. Click here to learn more about this organization which serves “the least of these” in Eastern North Carolina. Visit the Catholic Charities website.
- Catholic Charities USA's Policy Paper on Poverty
- Learn more about poverty in the USA and CCHD's poverty tour. See www.povertyusa.org.
- Learn more about Operation Rice Bowl and Fair Trade Resources.