Karidat is in a Magazine!

Posted by - July 22, 2017

Karidat is not only the social service branch of our Diocese of Chalan Kanoa; we are also proud to be the local branch of the nationwide network of Catholic Charities. After Typhoon Soudelor, a representative from Catholic Charities USA called our office immediately with an offer of help. And just a few months ago, in

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A PRAYER FOR SOCIETY (by St. John XXIII)

Posted by - July 16, 2017

O Jesus, come back into our society, our family life, our souls and reign there as our peaceful sovereign. Enlighten with the splendor of faith and the charity of your tender heart the souls of those who work for the good of the people, for your poor. Impart in them your own spirit, a spirit

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Never Ever Alone, Ever.

Posted by - July 9, 2017

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest…Learn from me […] and you will find rest for yourselves.”  That is the final part of the last of today’s readings. Rest. The older we get, the more worn out from our life concerns and struggles, the more we

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Dating Violence Warning Signs

Posted by - July 1, 2017

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. If you (or someone you know) is facing intimidation, threat or violence in a dat- ing relationship, there is someone on call for you, ready to help. Karidat operates a 24-hour Hotline that provides counseling and support services for anyone facing sexual harassment, violence or sexual

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What is YOUR daily goal?

Posted by - June 25, 2017

Here and there around the office there posted are some inspirational reminders of our daily mission. one colleague was inspired by a recent tweet from Pope Francis’ twitter account, @Ponti- fex and printed out copies to paste on our walls. At Karidat that is what we hope and strive to do on a daily basis.

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Showing Mercy is Risky, but that’s Normal

Posted by - June 17, 2017

What if this doesn’t work out? What if I make this worse? What if somebody misunderstands my good intentions? What if… Dogs or horses might second-guess their ability to clear a hurdle or climb a particularly steep slope, but there is no evidence that they deliberate and weigh pros and cons. In fact, they do

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Why do you work at Karidat?

Posted by - June 10, 2017

For this week’s column I asked my colleagues the question: Why do you work at Karidat? Why work here when you might just as well work somewhere else? The following is a selection from their answers. “It’s because even if you cannot really help somebody very much, at least by just trying you get this

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Fast and Pray like Royalty

Posted by - June 3, 2017

Last week a nation-wide event was launched that, as far as I know, did not make a single headline on any major news network. “Bread For The World,” an organization whose mission is to put an end to hunger at home and abroad, started up a campaign in response to proposed budget cuts to social

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DEAR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WE ARE HERE TO HELP

Posted by - May 21, 2017

Since 2001, Karidat has operated a shelter for victims of domestic violence, Guma Esperansa (“House of Hope”). This is the only shelter of its kind in the CNMI and we have had men, women and children as clients at one time or another. This week I had a chance to sit down with one of

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Hey kids, look what you could do!

Posted by - May 13, 2017

It is “sacraments season” right now. Many of you young children of our diocese will be receiving your First Communion this weekend, and some of you young adults will be celebrating Confirmation. For anyone who has not yet chosen a patron saint, or if you are looking for inspiration from children who are saints, there

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