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Parish uses bishops’ letter on budget to educate, advocate

In our parish community, we put our faith in action on issues that affect our community. With many local and global initiatives in our parish, including a sister parish in Haiti, participation in local community organizing efforts, and refugee resettlement, we strive to live out our faith through service and love. When the 2018 Federal Budget proposal was released, we were touched and energized by the U.S. bishops’ letter in response, reminding us that the budget is a moral document which must prioritize the needs of our vulnerable brothers and sisters. We felt called to do our part to share this message with our parish. We inserted the bishops’ letter into the bulletin one Sunday and set-up tables outside after Mass. At the tables, we had thank-you cards addressed to the bishops for their letter. Many from our community gathered to sign these cards. Together we discussed the implications of our faith for social justice issues like the federal budget. We hope that our community will continue to engage issues that affect our community through the eyes of faith and  the message of the Gospel.