Catholic Charities of Tennessee will host a Parish Outreach and Networking Workshop on Saturday, November 14, at the Catholic Pastoral Center (2800 McGavock Pike, Entrance #4). Sign-ins open at 8:00 a.m. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 1:00 p.m.
"Long aware of the call to serve our neighbors in need, Middle Tennessee's Catholic community actively assists local community members in a variety of ways," explained Greg Mays, Catholic Charities of Tennessee Board member and a Holy Family (Brentwood) parishioner.
"Some parishes have established emergency food programs, while others have created an on-site clothes closet. Parish members assist with local programs long-established in their communities. Some offer "light" construction or household maintenance assistance."
"Although no two parishes provide exactly the same services or assistance to neighbors in need, many do provide similar services...and many would be interested in learning more about how other parish communities are providing certain services or assistance," Mays added.
"The Parish Outreach & Networking Workshop's purpose is to bring parishioners from all parts of the Diocese who are actively involved in some form of social action through or on behalf of their parish together to listen, to talk, to learn, and, perhaps just as important, to meet each other," said Mark Barry, Mission Advancement director for Catholic Charities.
Fr. Steve Wolf, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church (Clarksville), will start the day off with "A Pastor's Diagram of Social Justice."
"This overview of Catholic Social Teaching will help attendees better understand why we, as Catholics, do what we do in our local communities and how it is tied to the calling we all have to help our neighbors in need regardless of race, country of origin, and faith tradition," Barry added.
Any parishioner with an interest in how social outreach might be administered through a parish or parish-related organization (such as St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus, Parish Council, Men's Club, Women's Club, Social Action Committees, etc.) is strongly encouraged to attend, Mays stressed. Priests and deacons are also encouraged to attend. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registrations are requested.
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