“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27
Of all the works of the Church, it is the work of Catholic Charities that best continues the ministry of Jesus who came to serve not be served.(Matt 20:28). Unfortunately many of the works of Catholic Charities are not well known because they are done quietly and without fanfare.
Their work began one year after Diocese of Dallas was erected when a Catholic orphanage was opened on Page Street in Oak Cliff in 1891. That has grown into today’s Children and Adoption Services and Community Outreach that creates hope for families and individuals through adoption placement, and counseling for expectant mothers and families.
Help with food, clothing and other necessities is provided to families and individuals in need. The Elderly and Family Services Program at Catholic Charities provides seniors with hot meals, activities, health screenings and other assistance to support their personal independence and physical and emotional well-being.
More than any other entity in the country Catholic Charities of Dallas works with the United States government to shelter refugees who fled their homeland in fear of persecution and death. The Immigration and Legal Services Department was established in 1975 in response to the growing number of immigrants moving into North Texas. The Refugee Resettlement Program provides a variety of services to assist refugees in cultural orientation, learning English, finding a job and training in work skills.
These and a number of other services of Catholic Charities are beneficiaries of the 19th Annual Bishop’s Gala to be held January 22 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Comedian Bill Cosby will be the featured entertainer.
Please come and share a wonderful evening of laughter and hope at Reaching for the Stars with Comedian and Actor Bill Cosby. You will be the real star for helping support the work of Catholic Charities of Dallas. If you cannot make the Gala, please consider making a donation to Catholic Charities online at their website at www.catholiccharitiesdallas.org.
“It is the love of Christ that motivates us” 2 Cor 5:14
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