"Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas."
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The Catholic Charities Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) carries out the commitment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to assist the poor and vulnerable people overseas, to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.
Motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Catholic social and moral teaching, Catholic Relief Services acts to:
As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, Catholic Relief Services works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.
Although this mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, its operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering of the world and in uprooting the unjust structures that perpetuate poverty, conflict and inequality.
A portion of the funds collected through Operation Rice Bowl remain within the diocese and are given through grants to local outreach programs at our diocesan parishes.
The application-period for CRS grants occurs in the early fall. You may contact this ministry to be placed on a list for those who wish to receive information when an application-period opens.
There will be a second round of applications offered in late 2013. Those applications will be due on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. To receive an application, please contact this ministry or you may complete the application online (hyperlink to form/to be created).
For more information on this program, please visit our Helpful Links page.
Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry encourages others to consider hosting Catholic Relief Services (CRS) FAIR TRADE consignment sale in your parish, school or ministry group. These sales can be used for fundraisers.
For more information visit CRS Fair Trade’s website or contact this ministry.