__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 18

PARISH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

NEW TEAMS

have dreams for

greater acts of

MERCY Some of the smallest teams in Denver have the biggest dreams of putting works of mercy into action.

They call themselves Mercy in Action Teams, a group of nine cause-driven teams recently launched by Catholic Charities to encourage people with shared passions to create positive change. Amanda Perrault, a stay-at-home mom and parishioner at Spirit of Christ Church in Arvada, said she believes the teams will enact change in society. “I’m super excited the Mercy in Action Teams are starting,” Perrault said. “I think when you pull together and pool resources, you’ll get so much more done than if you tried (alone).” She joined two teams—Legislative Support Services and Celebrate Life teams—with other like-minded parish leaders to educate the community, share opportunities, and most importantly, to take action. Perrault is one of 75 ambassadors, representing 55 different parishes across Denver, Fort Collins and the Western Slope, who act as the liaison between Catholic Charities and their parish or organization. The ambassadors offer information and resources between the ministries of Catholic Charities and their parishes to help more people in need gain access to spiritual and material resources. Recently, Catholic Charities launched the adjunct Mercy in Action Teams for these ambassadors to work in conjunction to pool resources and exchange ideas. “It’s a way for Christ’s love to expand through each parish and its unique strengths,” said Angela Deeney, volunteer and parish relations coordinator for Catholic Charities. “There’s many parts to one body. We’re really using all the parts together to serve those in need.” More volunteers are needed for the teams, including Celebrate Life or Respect Life Ministry, Adopt-a-Family, Christmas Programs, Turkey Drive, Back to School Drive, Bottom Line Diaper Bank Drive, Shelter Support Services, Senior Support Services, Legislative Support Services, and Un Dios/Una Familia or Hispanic Support Services. The goal is for each team to have 5 to 25 ambassadors representing each of the parishes in the archdiocese. Catholic Charities first reaches out to pastors to introduce them to Catholic Charities and requests suggestions for an ambassador.

PG. 18

CHARITY WORKS | SPRING 2017

Profile for Catholic Charities of Denver

Charity Works Spring 2017  

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver quarterly online magazine. Learn about all the great work your donations enable.

Charity Works Spring 2017  

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver quarterly online magazine. Learn about all the great work your donations enable.

Advertisement