OND Staff Report
Before social justice was a teaching or concept, it was a way of life. Our participation in the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) allows us to take part in this way of life as a response to the message of the Gospel.
As paragraph 2419 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reads, “Christian revelation … promotes deeper understanding of the laws of social living. The Church receives from the Gospel the full revelation of the truth about man. When she fulfills her mission of proclaiming the Gospel, she bears witness to man, in the name of Christ, to his dignity and his vocation to the communion of persons. She teaches him the demands of justice and peace in conformity with divine wisdom.”
An annual national collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD's anti-poverty educational programs and grants. Each November, Catholic parishes across the United States take up a second collection for CCHD. Of the funds collected in the Diocese of Crookston, 25 percent becomes available for distribution to projects within the diocese through the Diocese of Crookston's CCHD Local Grant which is available for distribution every two years.
In 2015, Bishop Hoeppner formed a committee tasked to promote and advocate for the CCHD and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) collections, as well as the educational opportunities that impact our communities. In January 2016, this committee selected 4 local organizations to receive CCHD grant funds.
There are three project categories that the diocesan CCHD and CRS Committee consider for funding: Parish projects; School Education/Awareness projects; and Non-Profit Organization projects. The applying group or entity must be addressing a need within the community, educating the community on Catholic Social Teaching, seeking to attack the basic causes of poverty and show a direct benefit to a relatively large number of people.
The Diocese of Crookston’s local grant process for CCHD is open for application from June 26 through October 27. Applications for grant amounts from $500 to $3,000 will be considered. For a complete list of the guidelines and criteria for what makes a project eligible for grant funding or to learn more about CCHD in the Diocese of Crookston, CLICK HERE.