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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Cincinnati
Andrew Musgrave – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 263-6691 – Andrew
Phone:  (513) 263-6690 – Tammie
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Email: csa@catholiccincinnati.org

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124
Email: csadayton@catholiccincinnati.org

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone: 937-538-4406

 

 

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COVID-19: Living Catholic Social Teaching




How We Respond to a Public Health Crisis

The coronavirus and Covid-19 have crossed the globe, and everyone is scrambling to figure out how to best address the illness and stop the spread. Unfortunately, in many (if not most) places, it is too late to prevent the outbreak from happening so it is a matter of deciding how to meet the challenge with compassion, prudence, empathy, faith, and justice.
Everyone is experiencing great disruption in their lives, but it is the poor, marginalized, and low-income who are being disproportionately affected. As people rush to purchase supplies, protect their families, and quarantine themselves, it’s critical to think about how these actions might affect others – and how others might not be able to take these actions.
– As schools close, how is a low-income family able to find and afford childcare? If the school aids them in meeting most of their children’s nutritional needs, how will they now feed their family? What if they have no paid sick leave?
– As people rush to stock up on food, medicine, and cleaning supplies, what about the folks who work two jobs and can’t make it to the store before the shelves are stripped bare? What about those whose jobs are temporarily closed and can’t afford to buy extras or even pay their rent?
– As food pantries and soup kitchens close, how will those who depend on social service agencies meet their needs?
Please know – we VERY STRONGLY encourage you to follow the guidelines set out by the CDC, the Archdiocese, and state public health officials. We also encourage to think about those who are less fortunate and consider how you can be in solidarity with them, treating them as your sisters and brothers in Christ.
Thank you for your efforts! We will send out additional notifications as new information becomes available. If you have any additional ideas as to how we can respond, please let us know so we can share. 
Lastly, don’t forget to pray for all those who are affected by this outbreak – the poor and vulnerable, those who work in the medical field, those who are sick or have sick family members, and all of the members of our community who are working diligently to keep us all safe.

Praying in Solidarity

Join us Mondays at 11:00 AM for our Praying in Solidarity weekly prayer. This is a joint effort with Catholic Charities of SW Ohio, and it will be hosted on their Facebook page. You will hear prayer intentions delivered by CSA and CCSWOH staff for those whom we serve and empower and with whom we fight for justice. If you’d like to add a prayer intention, please click here or send an email to mlees@ccswoh.org. We’d love to pray with and for you.

Laudato Si Week 2020

Pope Francis Invites you to Join in Laudato Si Week: May 16 – 24th as the global Catholic community celebrates the 5th anniversary since the release of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical through education, prayer and online activities. The nine day celebration, with the theme “Everything is Connected” is sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and led by a cohort of Catholic partners.  Catholic Climate Covenant has created a Laudato si Week 2020 webpage with many resources and events.
On May 24th, the global day of prayer, join with partners in the Dayton and Northern region and beyond for a Virtual Hour of Prayer, reflection as we interconnect to build a more just and sustainable future together. For more information,  how to share images and to register to receive the zoom link for the 1:00 pm EDT
Get more info and register: https://tinyurl.com/DaytonLaudatoSiMay24
Laudato si Week Webinar
To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato si, EarthConnection is hosting a Zoom webinar on this historic document with a Q&A afterward. Join us on Thursday, May 21st from 1-2 PM EDT. To register email scearthconnection@gmail.com.

Ideas for living Catholic Social Teaching

Not everyone can do any or all of these, but we hope that you will find this list helpful for sparking ideas for what you can do to care for your neighbor and the most vulnerable.

  • Give and/or volunteer with Catholic Social Services
    • Needed items are dried bulk food items, such as canned meats, soups, canned fruits/vegetables, and peanut butter.  Our biggest continued need is protein for our clients.
    • They’re in need of volunteers to help in our Food Pantry from 7:30-11:30am each day.  We are still using social distancing protocol and age limits of 18-50 years old.  Contact Mike Hoendorf hoendorfm@cssmv.org if you would be interested in volunteering.
  • Pope Francis has called for May 14 to be a “
    ” in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Participate in the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention offers resources for the National Weekend of Prayer for Faith, Hope, and Life (May 15-17).
  • Consider ordering a Solidarity Face mask from the Ignatian Solidarity Network
  • Premier Health in Need of Donations
    •  Premier Health is looking for people who have recovered from coronavirus to donate plasma. Premier is accepting also donations of supplies and equipment, food, and financial support. Premier is in the biggest need of surgical gowns, face masks, gloves, respirators, isolation gowns, thermometers, foot coverings, and ventilator tubing.Contact helpinghands@premierhealth.com to offer supplies and other assistance. If you wish to donate food to health-care workers, please email your company name, contact name and availability date to helpinghands@premierhealth.com.Premier asks that donations are not dropped off directly at hospital entrances, emergency departments or physician office locations. The health network is not able to accept donations of homemade food. Visit premierhealth.com for more information.
  • Turn in your CRS Rice Bowl funds
    •  This global/local collection is important as communities in the US and around the world are both struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19.
    • turn-in in the following ways:
      • Online
      • By Phone: 
        Call 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time. Be sure to tell the operator that the gift is for CRS Rice Bowl
      • By Mail
        • Please write “CRS Rice Bowl” in the memo line of your check and mail it to
    • Catholic Relief Services
      CRS Rice Bowl
      P.O. Box 17090
      Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303
  • Wearing a face mask is an act of solidarity. In doing so we not only protect ourselves, we also protect those around us.
    • Support ongoing work of the Ignatian Solidarity Network to mobilize the Ignatian family to work for justice, with the purchase of a mask.
  • Live out Pope Francis’ call for integral ecology and consider participating in the Marianist Environmental Education Center’s Native Plant Sale
  • MEEC’s 2020 native plant catalog is online  https://meec.center/event/2020-native-plant-sale  and we hope to offer in-person or virtual Gardening with Native Plants Workshop tips to help you get started (see catalog inside back cover).
  • We hope to be able to hold a public sale on June 27, but like all other summer plans, it is very tentative. Even if we can’t hold an in-person sale, we will offer curbside pickup at Mount St. John.
    We do encourage everyone to submit an electronic pre-order this year in case we can’t host a sale. There are two versions of the order form available for download with the catalog from our website. One is a simple PDF that can be printed, filled out, scanned or photographed, and emailed back. The other is a fillable PDF. Save the blank fillable form to your computer with a new name, open it from your hard drive, fill it out, save it, and attach it to an email. If your order is simple, an email with a list of what you want reserved will suffice. We’ll confirm receipt of your order by email, and as we get closer to the tentative sale date we’ll be back in touch to confirm final plant availability and provide online payment instructions. As always, orders will be filled in the order in which they are received.
    * If you’d like to receive a paper version of the catalog, email:  leanne@meec.center with your complete mailing address.
  • Many local Food Banks are on the front lines of helping families and seniors get fed. Consider making a CASH donation to your local foodbank. Find your local Feeding America Food Bank Here.
  • Premier Health in Need of Donations
    •  Premier Health is looking for people who have recovered from coronavirus to donate plasma. Premier is accepting also donations of supplies and equipment, food, and financial support. Premier is in the biggest need of surgical gowns, face masks, gloves, respirators, isolation gowns, thermometers, foot coverings, and ventilator tubing.Contact helpinghands@premierhealth.com to offer supplies and other assistance. If you wish to donate food to health-care workers, please email your company name, contact name and availability date to helpinghands@premierhealth.com.Premier asks that donations are not dropped off directly at hospital entrances, emergency departments or physician office locations. The health network is not able to accept donations of homemade food. Visit premierhealth.com for more information.
  • Turn in your CRS Rice Bowl funds
    •  This global/local collection is important as communities in the US and around the world are both struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19.
    • turn-in in the following ways:
      • Online
      • By Phone: 
        Call 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time. Be sure to tell the operator that the gift is for CRS Rice Bowl
      • By Mail
        • Please write “CRS Rice Bowl” in the memo line of your check and mail it to
    • Catholic Relief Services
      CRS Rice Bowl
      P.O. Box 17090
      Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303
  • Make a meal or buy groceries for a more vulnerable or elderly neighbor.
  • Buy gift certificates (possibly online) to use later from restaurants and other small local businesses you would normally patronize so they are still getting some income.
  • K-12 schools are closed and kids are out of daycare.
    • If you’re able, offer up childcare to parents who have been left with no options.
    • Parents who have been left with no childcare, but can afford to pay reach out to trusted friend, family, community member who is being put out of work and going unpaid to see if you can pay them for childcare.
  • Check in on (using technology) older adults and anyone you know is alone, isolated, or that you know or think might struggle with anxiety or depression as a global pandemic and pushes for social distancing can be extremely hard on someone with these struggles.
    • An occasional phone call can make a difference.
  • Share only correct information and prudent advice.
    • There is a lot of misinformation about COVID-19. Spreading around correct information from respected media sources and experts can be an act of charity and solidarity.
  • Follow the social distancing and mask guidelines as much as possible. It’s a great form of solidarity to make this sacrifice so that less people have to suffer and more can be treated adequetly in our hospitals.
  • Take care of yourself. Meeting your own physical and emotional needs will ensure you’re able to be there for others.
  • Pray for our world. Pray for the most vulnerable. Pray in thanksgiving for and protection of our doctors, nurses, daycare workers, and anyone else unable to be well protected from this pandemic because of their vocation.
Physically Distance/isolate. It’s one of the greatest forms of solidarity you can do right now to protect the most vulnerable and protect human life in general right now.
Remember it’s physical distancing. Try to find ways to remain socially engaged by using phones and other technology.
  • This is incredibly hard so take care of yourself and your family. We can’t pour from an empty cup. Check out some resources in our “resource” section for helping you take care of yourself and your family.
    • Please know that if you’re struggling with anxiety, juggling meeting your children’s needs while working from home or leaving for a high stress job, or feeling despair from the lack of social connection we are in solidarity with you. We’re all in this together and doing the best we can with what we’ve got. Go easy on yourself and make sure you’re meeting your needs.
  • Do you sew? Consider making protective masks for healthcare professionals.
    • We have found out about this idea from some hospitals actually requesting this in other areas of the country.
    • We have heard from several nurses and doctors that they are extremely concerned about masks and, while the medical grade masks are preferable, many are having to treat patients with no protective mask and would therefore appreciate having a cloth mask
    • Here is a sewing pattern made by a nurse. I have heard from several nurses and a doctor that this does look like a good pattern for anyone that has no N95 mask.
      • This pattern can both be used if no N95 mask is available or as a cover to a N95 mask to help that mask last longer.
    • Many hospitals and nursing homes are requesting these for their staff because of the PPE shortage.
  • Join a mutual aid Facebook group in your area. These are groups where people can reach out for help and offer help. It’s a great way to be connected and helping however possible and also a great resource if you end up needing some help.
  • Consider donating money to Catholic Social Services. 
    • We need food pantry donations – not food – but donations to purchase food.  We do not have the staff to sort, and count canned foods, but could really use funds to purchase them in bulk so we can just get them on the shelves quickly.  We posted a  video on our website  that explains.
  • Due to the need for social distancing, many social service agencies are struggling to meet the needs of their constituents (increased demand for resources, decreased volunteers, etc.). If you are privileged enough to have retained your income during this crisis (and/or have resources to share), consider donating the money you would have been spending at restaurants, movie theaters, coffee shops, and other entertainment venues to organizations that are on the front lines of serving those most affected. One option is donate to the organizations funded through our CCHD campaign. We have vetted these organizations and know they are not only fighting injustice but also adhering to Catholic teaching. To find a list of funded organizations, check out our website.
  • Our office’s former director, Tony, has begun his tenure as the CEO of Catholic Charities Southwest Ohio. One responsibility that comes with this role is serving as the Director for Community Service Department for the Archdiocese. He is looking forward to an ongoing and increased connection with our office and supporting us in our work for justice, equity, and advocacy. We invite you to watch this video that CCSWOH recently released featuring Tony talking about their services and how they’ve pivoted to meet the needs of the community during the health crisis.
Still Serving Local Families. Still Changing Local Lives.
Still Serving Local Families. Still Changing Local Lives.

 

  • their biggest needs are at their shelter, primarily prayer for them and their shelter guests, new or used towels and twin sheets, and cash donations.
  • This pandemic and the physical distancing can be especially hard for people in recovery. Share these Catholic’s in Recovery meeting times 
  • As a parish, parish group, or family take a recovery house under your wing. Bring dinner and offer connection and encouragement.
  •  Look up your local hospital and nursing home’s website to see if they have suggested ways to help. For example here’s Premier’s Ways to help .
  •    Think of creative ways to connect with isolated neighbors. These kids playing a concert for their neighbor  is a great example! Another idea is to ahng  a bird feeder outside their window. CONTINUE REACHING OUT TO YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FAMILY MEMBERS, especially the most isolated.
  • Write notes and cards of encouragement to first responders, health care professionals, and folks taking a hit from the pandemic (like independent businesses and restaurant owners)
  • Participate in Ohio’s Strive for 5 Challenge.
    • The challenge is simple: find five people in your life and check-in with them every day for the next 30-days. This
      campaign is to help individuals and families cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation by connecting with others.
    • Reach out via phone, text, email, or even a hand-written note, you can help.
  • Check out our Catholic Lutheran Addiction Task Force page to find out ways to find and offer support and resources to those in recovery.
  • If your family doesn’t truly need your stimulus check consider giving the funds to a nonprofit, your parish, or even a local small business.
  • A grassroots movement is encouraging those who can to donate all or part of their checks to nonprofits and small businesses.
    • The #StimulusChallenge launched today with a simple website (https://www.stimuluschallenge.us/) and hashtag. Anyone can sign up on the site to pledge all or part of their stimulus funds to nonprofits and small businesses. No money is processed through the site; it’s an honor-system method designed to help show commitments for nonprofit and small business support.
  • Starting April 27th pray a daily Rosary for Vulnerable People on the Move. This Rosary will provide reflections on various vulnerable migrant populations, directions on how to pray the Rosary, and text for each of the prayers.
  •  Recently, the Holy Father invited Catholics and all people of goodwill to pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary in solidarity of seeking intercession from Our Lady during these challenging days and weeks ahead. As you know, the people we serve -immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and others- must act to prevent infection from COVID-19 but also must deal with their daily struggle to overcome the restrictions of our immigration system.
  • Donate blood. Blood drives have all had to be cancelled

Advocacy

Calling and emailing your elected officials is one of the most high impact ways you can care for the vulnerable during this crisis.

The United States has the highest number of COVID-19 casualties and the U.S. economy is in a dire situation with millions unemployed. We must do more to ensure that no one is left behind and that everyone is safe.
For the next COVID-19 Relief Package, we urge Senators and Representatives to:
1)  Provide no-cost COVID-19 testing and treatment for all, including regardless of immigration status as this is a public safety issue;
2)  Automatically extend work authorization and visa renewal deadlines for refugees and immigrants who are providing economic and recovery assistance to our country;
3)  Ensure that many hardworking struggling immigrant and refugee populations are eligible for cash rebate payments;
4)  Halt the implementation of the new public charge rules;
5)  Protect asylum seekers and unaccompanied children (while assuring appropriate COVID-19 screening and treatment); and
6)  Appropriate $642 million in supplemental funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement to care for vulnerable migrant populations.
  •  let your lawmaker know that protections for immigrants and refugees need to be included in the next COVID-19 relief package.

Ask Senator Portman to support the Dream Act

We are facing a pivotal moment. All of us are impacted by the coronavirus and encountering challenges. Our brothers and sisters around the world who experience poverty, hunger and displacement are now even more vulnerable due to the threat of COVID-19.
As negotiations continue, urge your members of Congress to provide lifesaving international assistance to support vulnerable families in upcoming COVID-19 supplemental packages. This funding is critical for continuing the important work of providing food and other basic needs to communities experiencing hunger and poverty. It will also help prevent the spread of the virus by expanding educational outreach and support, particularly for vulnerable populations like refugees and others displaced from their homes.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network has issued an action alert that may be shared with parishes, calling on Congress to act on behalf of the most vulnerable during the current pandemic

Helpful Online Resources

Five Minutes with Fr. Satish -

Five Minutes with Fr. Satish – “Coronavirus: A Reflection”

“Pope Francis: Do not forget the poor during the coronavirus pandemic” 

“Wash Your Hands. And Fold Them in Prayer. A Catholic Response to the Coronavirus”

“Gospel Contemplation: An Encounter with Jesus at the Well”“Protect Your Mental Health While Practicing Social Distancing”

“WHAT CAN CHRISTIANS DO IN THE TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS?” VIDEO

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Masses from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains will be live-streamed Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 and 6:00 p.m. 

USCCB Resources for Catholics at Home During COVID-19

Pope: COVID-19 teaches us we are one human community

EXAMEN FOR LIFE DURING COVID-19

Practice physical distancing, it’s vital right now, but remember to reach out! Use technology to stay connected and in relationships. Ask for help with any physical, mental, emotional need you’re having trouble meeting. There are tons of people of good will who want to stay connected and supportive.

Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.