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The Church urges Catholics to participate in political life.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person ... As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life" (see nos. 1913-1915).  Catholics are called to political involvement that is guided by moral principles, with the dignity of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death being the paramount principle from which all others flow.  The Church does not serve the interests of a particular party or interest group, but calls all people of good will to see the inherent value of human life, because we are all made in the image and likeness of God.  Once this is accepted as our grounding moral principle, we naturally will want to work to protect human life and nurture human life to fulfillment, which means working to meet the needs of those marginalized in society, and giving voice to those who lack a strong voice to protect their human rights and their well-being. The primary public policy and advocacy tool in

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A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit, Proverbs 15:13 NIV. Clinical depression or Major Depressive Disorder is a common yet often debilitating condition for individuals and significantly impacts our society as a whole.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health it affects 14.8 million individuals, which amounts to nearly 7% of the American population.  While Major Depressive Disorder can develop at any age the average age of onset is 32.  It is also the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44, second only to chronic back and neck pain in disability days per year for Americans according to the American Psychiatric Association. The economic cost of depression is also noted to be quite substantial.  According to Greenberg PE, Kessler RC, Birnbaum HG, et. al., in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2003, the overall cost of depression in the United States is estimated to exceed 83.1 billion in 2000. Symptoms of depression include sadness or depressed mood more days than not, markedly diminished interest or sense of pleasure, feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt, hopelessness, recurrent thoughts of suicide or death, sleep disruptions, lack of energy or fatigue, problems with concentration and significant

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She shows up four hours early on food pantry days to be first in line. On a frosty morning, I invite her to come inside and warm up, but she declines.  She wants to stay outside, where the sun is shining.  She tells me she got used to harsh conditions when she was in the military.   As we talk more, she tells me about her son. Her face lights up when she speaks of him. He is a special needs child, and she sees him as her gift from God. She is a single mother who holds down a job, and does whatever it takes to care for her child. She came to Catholic Charities because she cannot make ends meet each month. When all the bills are paid and car is filled with gas to travel to work, there is little is left for groceries.  She tells me the first time she came to Catholic Charities, it was with great reluctance. She didn’t like asking for help, but her child comes before her pride. She is certain things will get better. Until then, she comes knowing she will be treated with respect and leave with her dignity intact. She is
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Partners in Hope 2014 The Piedmont Triad Office of Catholic Charities hosted their 11th Annual Partners in Hope Benefit in Winston-Salem on February 27, 2014.  More than 600 people attended the event and helped to raise $214,000 for services that Catholic Charities provides in and around the Winston-Salem area.Thank you to our donors, sponsors and participants for partnering with Catholic Charities to provide life-changing services to the Piedmont Triad Region.Because of your partnership:  199 people received direct assistance when faced with an urgent crisis due to a job loss, a health issue, or a problem that threatened safety or housing. 1,049 direct counseling services helped to save marriages, strengthen families, and transform lives by helping those coping with crisis, trauma, and anxiety. 68 families with babies born to teen parents received support and parenting assistance. Of the 10 high school seniors, all of them graduated, and 8 went on to college or trade school. 147 families with teens in crisis received ongoing support to cope and thrive. 115,510 pounds of food and personal items were distributed to 3,488 people. All were invited to visit the pantry every month throughout the year. Half of the visitors were vulnerable children and the elderly. 18 women were assisted

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Gala for Hope 2014 Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the 2014 Gala for Hope in Asheville on February 22, 2014.  Approximately 240 people attended event in Asheville and raised $84,000 for programs in Asheville.  The funds collected will be able to provide services to those most vulnerable in Asheville and Buncombe County. Contributions last year provided: 622 direct bi-lingual counseling services to help save marriages, improve parenting skills, and help individuals facing depression, anxiety and trauma-related issues.170 pregnancy support and adoption services to protect and nurture life.156 refugees from 8 different countries received services to ease
the transition in becoming self-sustaining members of their communities.755 immigration services, including citizenship workshops.100,607 lbs. of food and supplies to 2,922 people. Half were vulnerable children and the elderly.1,154 people with 1,157 bags of clothing including coats, so that all family members could stay warm this winter. Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors for helping us reach for our goal of $90,000. Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort AshevilleMr. George O. Pfaff
Dr. Felix & Mrs. Linda SarubbiPreferred Properties of AshevillePreferred Storage
Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care
Wells Fargo BankBrown Properties, Inc.
Groce Funeral Home & Cremation ServiceKnights of Columbus NC District 16Mark D. Scheiderich, DMD PAFresh Wood Fired Pizza &
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