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The first Sunday in October is Respect Life Sunday, and this kicks off the Respect Life Month of October each year, which also begins a new Respect Life Program for the year. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes new Respect Life Program materials each year to highlight various Respect Life issues. These Respect Life Program materials respond to the needs of parishes, schools and other ministries for basic presentations of life issues. This year’s theme is Every Life is Worth Living, which not only sheds light on the sanctity of life at all stages (in response to the renewed push for legalizing assisted suicide in many states), but it is also applicable to the wide spectrum of life issues. The program is emphasized in liturgies and featured through numerous programs and events that take place not only during Respect Life Month, but also throughout the whole year. The events occur at various locations-including parish, local, diocesan, state, and national levels. Just a few of these events include: Life Chain: This is an international, peaceful, prayerful, pro-life, public witness where Respect Life advocates join together and stand outside along streets, hold signs, and pray in silence for the unborn, for those

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September is a wonderful time of the year when we get to leave the summer heat behind as the air gets crisp and the leaves begin to change. We look forward to the Major League Baseball playoffs that will soon be taking place and to the football season ahead. This time of year often brings families and friends together to share their love of sports and outdoors. It is a time that grandparents pass down their love and knowledge of the game but most importantly a time where memories are made and relationships are strengthened.          Be sure to mark your calendar! September 13th is National Grandparents Day. Take this opportunity to send a card, make a phone call or plan a visit or outing with your grandparents. Don’t forget to let your grandparents know how important and special they are to you! The first day of fall, September 23rd is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This day sponsored by the National Council on Aging is designed to raise awareness about preventing fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme for 2015 is “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls”. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one

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Sometimes it’s hard to hear the truth, whether it’s about yourself or someone you care about. It’s hard to keep an open mind and to not feel judged. It’s even harder when you experience an unplanned pregnancy. All kinds of thoughts run through your head: “Who should I tell? Should I tell anyone? Can I do this alone? What if I need help? Where will I go?” Oftentimes, these questions go unanswered for months-maybe because you’re in denial, or angry, or even scared. Maybe you’re struggling financially or experiencing homelessness. How can you care for a child when it seems you don’t have the resources to care for yourself? A lot of our clients face this very same situation. They can be any age, from any economic background, and of any ethnicity. Our clients are from all walks of life. But they all have the same goal. To have a healthy pregnancy and to provide the best life they can for their unborn child. Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte is here to help. We provide pregnancy support services to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Services can include community referrals, case management support, assistance securing baby items, and emotional support. We can

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“Let’s go.”They wanted to climb the waterfall.“We only have 40 minutes before we need to head home. How about we just hang out by the stream until we go?”There was no conversation to be had. In spite of the fact that the Refugee Youth High School Program participants (14 teenagers) and three brave staff had just climbed up and down a 2,000+ foot mountain on a humid summer afternoon, many of the youth were ready for a new challenge.So they climbed and I climbed slowly behind…up several hundred feet of stairs in just 20 minutes! But it was worth the struggle. By the time “Mr. Patrick” finally reached the observation deck, the kiddos were already happily snapping selfies/group photos and generally enjoying the grandeur of the roaring water pouring over the rocks below. When the Waterfall Expedition finally returned from their sprint up and down the falls, we found the rest of the group relaxing by the stream and enjoying a hard-earned rest.Everyone was a little exhausted (staff mostly, if we are being honest…) but also content. It was Summer Break and the teenagers got to take a moment to relax from the grind of adjusting to a new life. Not
"Consider this, over the past couple of weeks we have had extremely hot weather. Catholic Charities food pantry doors continues to open each Tuesday and Thursday. Families who live under the poverty line have depended on us to help meet their need and feed their families.  Each Tuesday and Thursday, we offer a light snack to food pantry clients to help with healthy nutrition and we also provide nutritional educational materials. Families have increased their interaction and have responded positively to our snack offer. One client stated "I haven't eaten all morning, I am so thankful you guys provided this to me!" and another client said "Do you mind if I have another snack, I am so hungry and thankful that you all gave this to us. I am grateful for Catholic Charities." Throughout the daily interaction with food pantry each Tuesday and Thursday, families are tired, this summer is hotter, school is out, and more and more children come through our doors hungry. According to Feeding America, the overall food insecurity rate for children in Mecklenburg County rates at 17.5 % which is an estimated total of 165,780 children who are food insecure. Food insecurity can lead to poor diet quality, which is linked to numerous health
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