The theme for the diocesan stand at the National Ploughing Championship this year is ‘Act Justly’ (Micah 6:8) Together with Trocaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland we hope to raise awareness of justice issues at home and across the world.
Action for Justice Initiative
As part of this initiative we are inviting all our parishes to participate in an Action for Justice during the week September 20 – 28. The invitation is to set up a space in the parish where non-perishable food items or monetary contributions can be donated.
Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre,
College Street, Carlow
How your Parish or School can get Involved
There are two options available to parishes and schools
This Action for Justice will offer support to St Clare’s Hospitality-Food Kitchen and gives us all the opportunity to respond in a very real way to the call of the Gospel to ‘feed the hungry’ particularly the growing numbers struggling to put food on the table in our own diocesan community .
This food kitchen is based in St Clare’s parish, Graiguecullen and is currently the only outreach of its kind in the diocese. Each week they distribute 130 parcels containing ten essential food items. St Clare’s food kitchen aims to provide physical, medical, developmental and social aid for those in need. Physically they provide meals, medically they provide services including chiropody and optical exams, developmentally they provide advice and information to help people improve their ongoing health, and socially they provide an opportunity to meet others within the community. They are receiving tremendous support from the people of Carlow and its environs but could do with all the help that they can get. It is in this context that the Steering Committee for the Ploughing is inviting parishes throughout the diocese to help the wonderful work of the St Clare’s Hospitality-Food Kitchen by having a food drive during the week September 20-27.
Parishes may also opt to engage in an Action for Justice to help those within their own parish community. A number of parishes are already actively working with St Vincent de Paul to ensure those who are hungry are being fed. This Action for Justice may help to highlight and support the work being done or may provide an impetus for those parish communities that would like to begin such an initiative.