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 CHRISM MASS 2019

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Call to Continuing Conversion and Rite of Election 2019

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May 19, 2019

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April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday

 

 

    The Dead Sea Scrolls series

 

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Sunflower Community Action;

helping people help

themselves

Maria Arteaga has her work cut out for her.
 In August, Arteaga was given the momentous task of becoming the sole community organizer in Southwest Kansas for Sunflower Community Action, a Garden City-based organization designed to help people help themselves.
 In listening to her speak, it’s quickly apparent how the collection of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (see Page 12) will help the organization, which was initiated in Garden City through the support of Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City.
 “We are a grass roots organization,” she said of Sunflower, which also has offices in Wichita. “We go from place to place, door to door, to find real issues from the people who are living them. We try to get a group together and bring out the leadership skills of every single person so that their voice can be heard.”

Amid the myriad of issues Arteaga will address is immigration, labor rights, police accountability, cleaning up neighborhoods, and family rights. 
 “We have issues in Wichita where kids are being taken out of their homes for truancy,” she explained.
 Imagine a single mother working at a fast food restaurant. One day her child is caught skipping school. According to Arteaga, that child can be taken from the home if the mother does not fulfill a certain set of criteria, such as being home to cook a meal when she would otherwise have to be at work. If the mother takes the time to do this, she could lose her family’s sole source of support.
 It’s a problem not only affecting immigrants, although immigrants make up the majority of people helped by Sunflower. A general lack of awareness of labor laws, personal rights, and a lack of English skills leave immigrants a prime target for unscrupulous employers, landlords and others seeking to take advantage.
 “Another thing we work with is labor rights,” Arteaga said. “We’ve found restaurant workers, hotel workers, laborers, who are getting paid less than minimum wage. They don’t know their rights. It’s not only immigrant workers. They don’t know the laws to the extent that they know what to ask for -- how much money they can get paid, or what overtime counts as.”
According to Arteaga, Sunflower also works with “fair lending and auto title loans, in which people are taken advantage of and sometimes have to pay up to three times more than their loans once were. All these loans seem to be targeted to people of color -- Hispanics, and low income people. Most of these people end up losing their cars, homes, or end up in big debt.
“When it come to workers justice, we work not only with those getting paid the minimum, but also getting their last pay check, work abuse, and fairness for all.”
 Sunflower does not solve their problem for them. What they do is organize groups of people who have common issues and teach them how to help themselves.
 “God says, ‘Help yourself that I will help you.’ That’s what we teach. We don’t do your job. You’re living it. You experience it. You have your voice. You take that voice and that power and take control of the situation. We just facilitate everything for you to be able to do that.”
 Through various workshops, groups of individuals are taught leadership skills that they can use to organize meetings, including inviting upper level management or politicians to observe the particular situation.
 When a mobile home park owner refused to provide adequate sanitation or security lighting, Sunflower organized the residents and invited the owner to a meeting.
 “We invite the media and everyone in neighborhood,” Arteaga explained. “We tell the landlord, ‘All these people are here to ask you to please do this.’ We try to reason with him because we don’t want to go to direct action. We have gone there, and it has gotten us results. But we don’t want to do that if possible.
 “We show everyone how it’s done so you can take action on your own and make change for your families and communities,” she said.
 Another project of Sunflower Community Action is the Dream Act, which gives students with high grades who want to be teachers, nurses, lawyers, etc..., but who don’t have the proper documentation, the ability to accomplish “their dreams and become something in life. And that would help our economy. A lot of people think immigrants are hurting our economy. They bring businesses; they try to expand.”
 If you would like to donate to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, send a check made out to the Diocese of Dodge City to: Attn: CCHD Collection, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City, Kan., 67801.
 The theme for this year’s CCHD collection is “Families are struggling. Faith is calling.”
“The mission of CCHD is crucial in 2009 -- to uplift and embolden all who are one layoff or one medical scare away from the poverty line -- and all who are already there,” said Bishop Roger P. Morin of Biloxi, Miss, chair of the U.S. bishops’ CCHD subcommittee.
According to the agency, CCHD-funded programs “empower the poor and marginalized to make decisions, seek solutions to local problems and find ways to improve their lives and neighborhoods.”

Editor’s Note: Catholic News Service contributed to this article.

Past Issues

April 7, 2019

March 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

Feb. 24, 2019

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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