NUDCCW Diocesan Wide Service Project 2015-2016
At the 2015 National Council of Catholic Women Convention, several resolutions were passed. One resolution was to raise an awareness about pornography, human trafficking and commit to help fight against sexual exploitation. Education is the key to being able to stop human trafficking. Human trafficking is a dark topic and we can’t just sit back and pretend it’s not happening. Human trafficking is the fastest growing and most lucrative and illegal business in the United States. HERE ARE SOME STARTLING FACTS: It is a 9 billion dollar industry. The average age of recruitment is 12 to 14 years of age. Victims of human trafficking are exploited for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. The average cost of a slave around the world, is $90. According to estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation and 19% involves labor exploitation.
Our Diocesan CCW Project chosen by our Diocesan CCW Board, in union with the National Council of Catholic Women’s resolution to do our part to fight against sexual exploitation, is to help Grace Place School. Grace Place School which is located in Southern Florida is a school of Hope. GracePlaceSchool is on the front of a raging battle to empower youth and free them from sex trafficking and destructive lifestyles. Its mission is to meet the spiritual and therapeutic needs of at risk youth in order to empower them to reach their God given potential. GracePlaceSchool is an alternative school centered on Christ, exhibiting grace, integrity, safety and excellence.
The calling of GracePlaceSchool is rooted in Isaiah 58:6 where God asks us to “…loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke.” In 2006, Elizabeth Coldren, the founder, was living in a suburb of Minneapolis and a raid was done on a brothel just two blocks from her house. They were selling 10 year old girls for sex to 15-20 men a night. Elizabeth, broke before the Lord and vowed to do whatever He told her in response to the problem of Domestic Sex Trafficking.
Elizabeth has been an obedient servant of the Lord! In 2011, GracePlaceSchool was birthed, due to a lack of Christ centered, alternative educational and life skill programs available for vulnerable teens. Today, GracePlaceSchool is incorporated, has a 501C3 Status, has a School Board of Directors, many teachers, and volunteers, and continues to have a prayer strategy. A prayer team prays regularly and acknowledges that “Without God we can do nothing” Grace Place School, a Road to Hope, targets youth ages 11-18 and specializes in creative arts, adventure therapy, vocational skills training, education instruction and business entrepreneurship. Grace Place provides a Christ centered, grace filled environment, rich in truth and love and void of judgment. Youth of any faith are welcome. Only God’s truth will set them free.
The New Ulm Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has launched this new Diocesan Project and thanks you in advance for supporting it. Your parish CCW’s can help GracePlaceSchool, a Road to Hope through your prayers and financial support. Plan a fundraiser to raise funds to give financial help to this project and also to raise awareness of this terrible atrocity occurring throughout the world.
Please send funds raised for GracePlaceSchool to the Diocesan Treasurer Kris Anderson at 26750 County Hwy. 13, Morgan MN, 56266. If you would like more information, or if you want to read the school newsletters, please check out the website at www.graceplaceschool.org or contact Elizabeth Coldren at email@example.com or call her directly at 954-600-3424. No one can do everything. Everyone can do something.
Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women
God of Heavenly Wisdom, You have given us Mary, Mother of Jesus, to be our guide and counselor. Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life and so enjoy her blessed presence in the life to come. Oh, Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women, intercede for us, that we may be wise, courageous and loving leaders of the Church.
Help us, dear Mother, to know the mind of Jesus, your Son. May the Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God’s creation and compassion for all God’s children. May our labors of love on earth enhance the reign of God and may God’s gifts of faith and living hope prepare us for the fullness of the world to come. Amen
Dear Friends, Each parish to which I was assigned as a priest had a CCW group. I have been at many parish CCW meetings. Over the years, I have attended several large gatherings of the CCW. I have always been impressed by their spiritual life and by the work that they do for the parishes. Those who belong to the CCW are women who love Our Lord and His Church. They give of themselves unselfishly for the good of the parishes to which they belong. They put their faith into action. The motto of the CCW is “Catholic Women United in Prayer, Study and Service.” I have found that this motto truly summarizes the purpose of the CCW. If the motto appeals to you, then the CCW is the organization where you can place your talents at the service of the Church. In Christ, The Most Reverend John M. LeVoir Bishop of New Ulm
God had created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truthy in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandements and serve Him in my calling. Therefore, I will trust Him. – Adapted from Venerable John Henry Newman for July 14, 2008, the day of the announcement of Bishop LeVoir