An original video by Alain Lestarpe
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church and Catholic Charities have partnered on humanitarian work across the globe for many years. The working partnership between the Mormon Church and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas which services over 1,300,000 Catholics, has been very successful.
As part of the annual meeting of Catholic Charities in Houston, the Mormon Church was recognized for its support to their relief efforts. Mormons have provided countless hours of service and massive contributions of supplies for joint projects the organizations have been working together on.
The meeting was presided over by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo the Archbishop of the local Archdiocese and current President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The LDS Church was the only non-Catholic organization to be recognized. Cynthia Colbert the CEO of Catholic Charities in the area said, “Our second 2017 Charity In Action Award goes to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Their unwavering support has allowed us to help many as they always answer our urgent calls for volunteer needs.
LDS Church has hosted school supply drives to ensure that the children that we help are prepared for the school year and have coordinated outing events for the children of our St. Michael’s program. In addition, they have helped seniors move into new homes and assist with sorting donations at several of our locations, like Mamie George Community Center and The Guadalupe Center.“
Jan Chappell, the Houston Area Director of Public Affairs, accepted the award on behalf of the Mormon Church and expressed gratitude for being able to serve together with Catholic Charities. Chappell said, “What a privilege it is to work with a dedicated group of people who are also committed followers of Jesus Christ.”
Also, in attendance was Brian Corbin the Executive Vice President of Catholic Charities USA in Washington DC. Concerning the value of faith-based organizations working together for the common good, he noted that Mormons like other faiths are “…are people of the book and people of the spirit and we all share in that common conversation.”
Corbin also mentioned that the headquarters building of Catholic Charities USA in Washington DC was funded by a very generous donation from a Mormon Church member who wanted to help them be more effective in their work.
Albuquerque, N.M. – When Kris Steel first moved to Albuquerque in 1999, she wanted to get to know her neighbors better. Although she reached out to them in a variety of ways, in 2004 she decided to host a nativity display in her home for residents of her immediate area in the Northeast Heights. So she invited these neighbors to display their nativities along with her own.
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Steel and her husband worked hard to prepare for the neighborhood nativity event. Parents of five children, they cleared out their living room and put all the furniture on the back patio. Then they brought in rectangular tables where local residents could set up their displays. [Read more…]
When the Relief Society Presidency of the Katy Texas Stake was planning their fall social, held in conjunction with the General Women’s Broadcast of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they turned to the JustServe.org site to find meaningful service opportunities.
They selected several projects from the following groups: For the Angel Gowns Foundation organization, they chose to create, from donated wedding gowns, little burial gowns for babies who pass away prior to, or shortly after, birth. For the kids at the Texas Children’s Hospital, they chose to make bright and cheerful pillowcases. And for Books Between Kids, they chose to collect gently-used books, to be given to children in the local area. Seven LDS congregations of women, in the Katy Texas Stake, were asked to find 10 volunteers for each of these service projects so that a total of 70 angel burial gowns, 70 pillowcases, and lots of books could be dropped off at the Women’s Broadcast on September 23rd, and then donated to their various JustServe.org organizations.
In recent news coverage of Church relief work in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, one TV news broadcaster said…“Of the relief forces descending on our flood-damaged city, it’s fair to say that none is bigger or more effective than the legions of volunteers bound by their Mormon faith.”
Houston – Missionaries from the Texas Houston South Mission engaged in Hurricane Harvey clean-up work take time to assist the Lutheran Village Church of Lacombe Louisiana. This ministry had come to help in the recovery by feeding the hungry regardless of who they are. Large “Free Food” signs facing Memorial Drive draw as many as 1,000 hungry souls a day.
The missionaries have worked very hard on cleanup and recovery for weeks. Both the Elders and Sisters removed floor covering, pulled off wallboard, swung hammers, rolled out wheelbarrows of debris, got messy and dirty, all to help those in need. They have truly been examples of loving your neighbor.
Houston – This weekend marks the beginning of the anticipated influx of Church volunteers to Houston, from areas not affected by flooding. Hurricane Harvey, possibly the most expensive natural disaster in US history, had a large impact on much of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Extremely well done and touching video about Hurricane Harvey, floods and people…