Good people doing good things I: The MOMs group at St. Andrew, Roanoke, recently demonstrated what it means to be a witness to the Gospel. When a client in Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Seton Housing program for pregnant women and experiencing homelessness moved into a permanent house, she had nothing. CCC reached out to MOMs and they responded by providing the woman with a crib, mattress, pots, pans, gift cards and help in paying some of her bills.
Good people doing good things II: In the April 4 Catholic Virginian, Karen Adams wrote about Casa Alma — the Catholic Worker community in Charlottesville. Part of Casa Alma is Carlton House, which provides reduced-rent living for low-income residents.
Well, the article touched at least one reader who sent Casa Alma a check for $10,000 to help with Carlton House. In addition, the Notre Dame Club of Charlottesville was recently awarded the Lennon Life Prize of $5,000 for their partnership with Casa Alma and plans to sponsor rooms at Carlton House.
That’s what we refer to as good news based upon the Good News.
Still no word: Thank you to everyone who has called or written asking about a question-and-answer columnist now that Father Kenneth Doyle has retired. We anticipated that Catholic News Service was going to name a replacement soon, but then the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops announced that it is closing the domestic offices of CNS at the end of the year, so we’re not sure if/when that is going to happen. We’ll let you know as soon as we know.