A Message from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
It’s that time of year, cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, apples, and pumpkin-spiced seasonal treats. Autumn is a favorite season for many, and we are blessed to have beautiful and picturesque landscapes surrounding our eight-county diocese.
Solomon tells us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
For the next few weeks, the crisp mornings turn into sunny and pleasant afternoons and the evenings become a bit chilly. It is the time of year that Catholic Charities receives phone calls inquiring about assistance for heating and fuel for those who are experiencing financial hardships. As the cost of living continues to increase, this year, Catholic Charities is experiencing a new generation of seekers asking for assistance. Those in our communities that earn just above the Federal Poverty Level and never asked for help before are experiencing limitations to assets and income constraints. The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide basic assistance, guidance, and resources to individuals and families who are struggling to obtain economic mobility.
Fall is such a colorful season and can be related to colors and feelings. The yellowish-orange leaves among the trees can bring calmness and serenity when we embrace the outdoors. In our region, the streets, abandoned structures, and wooded areas bring temporary shelter to many who are facing homelessness.
When you smell the scents of the season such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla please think of those in need. We ask that you consider praying for those in our diocese who are lacking stable, safe, and adequate housing, have mental health concerns, have personal budget shortages, facing emergency crises, and lack a sense of belonging and hope.
There are many ways you can assist Catholic Charities during the harvest months and all year long. Join our prayer ministry; collect non-perishable items, toiletries, diapers, hygiene, and cleaning products to help struggling families. Organize a drive for blankets, backpacks, vitamins, first aid, and undergarments for the homeless. To learn more about Catholic Charities or to donate, please visit our website.