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2019 World Day of Peace Message: Good Politics is at the Service of Peace

Find a summary of the message, and prayer and action ideas from the USCCB.


January is Poverty Awareness month!

During Poverty Awareness Month, join the U.S. Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and the Catholic community in the United States in taking up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor!


January 2019 Good News Newsletter

View the latest Good News newsletter, plus all issues for the past year, including January 2018.

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Attend a Rice Bowl training in your region!

We are offering several regional Rice Bowl trainings as an opportunity for you to learn more about the 2019 resources available and to share (and pick up!) best practices.


Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Annual National Christmas Artwork Contest

Announcing the 2018-2019 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) National Christmas Artwork Contest! Twenty-two winners will be selected in this national competition; their artwork will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during Advent and Christmas 2019. Deadline is January 31, 2019.

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“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” A Pastoral Letter Against Racism

Prayer and educational resources on the U.S. Bishops recent pastoral letter against racism.


Live, Lead and Serve with Abundant Joy! Feb. 9-10, 2019 in Tacoma

This program provides Catholic ministers and educators the knowledge, skills, and resources to better help their communities go forth as agents of encounter and positive Christian change rooted in global solidarity.

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CRS Rice Bowl Lenten program

Are you, your family, and your community ready for Lent?


Guatemala Immersion June 2019

Together with Maryknoll, we invite Catholic educators of all kinds - catechists, teachers, youth ministers - on a missionary discipleship immersion to Guatemala, June 19-27, 2019.

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CCHD Creating on the Margins Contest for Schools and Parishes

The annual Multimedia Youth Contest is organized by the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Local deadline is March 1, 2019.

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Pope Francis and Archbishop Sartain invite you to “Share the Journey”

Pope Francis has launched a two-year global initiative to support our sisters and brothers who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. Contact us in the Missions Office with questions, and your ideas and plans! Learn about the resources available to you, your parish, school, and community:

Extraordinary Mission Month October 2019

Pope Francis has set October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month to foster greater awareness of missio ad gentes and to animate the missionary transformation of Church life and pastoral activity.


Global emergencies and Catholic Church responses

Whether the disasters are rooted in civil strife or natural causes, millions of innocent people have found their lives in turmoil. Your Catholic Relief Services teams and local partners are on the ground providing vital assistance.


75 years is worth celebrating … all year long

Join your Catholic Relief Services on their 75th anniversary as they share stories of compassionate people like you doing extraordinary things all over the world. This is the story of us. View this month’s featured story, "A Time to Educate," and take the opportunity to explore the world and do good.

Advocacy: Sign up for Catholics Confront Global Poverty (CCGP)

Learn how you can join other U.S. Catholics to defend the lives and dignity of people living in poverty throughout the world, and urge our nation to act in response to the many faces of poverty.


New parish resource

The Parish Ambassador Corps is a new global solidarity initiative from Catholic Relief Services helping parishes “Share the Journey.” Parishioners who become ambassadors receive formation and assist parish leadership. Information about this resource, en Español and in English:

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