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In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages us to serve people who need help. We are the hands, feet, and heart needed to lift burdens from another. Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) is collaborating with parishes, schools, and others to coordinate a regional Day of Service on October 1 to help those in need through local service projects like helping those in need with chores and tidying up around the house, stocking food pantries, cleaning up neighborhood parks, and other efforts. Learn more about service projects in your area and register to help! Get involved by calling Joyce Hyttinen at 248-537- 3304 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy.” Mercy is “the beating heart of the Gospel.” To live mercy, we must rediscover both the spiritual works of mercy (counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead), and the corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead).”
– Pope Francis