For Kids: A Catholic Social Teaching Quiz

Posted by - June 23, 2018

The column this week is especially for young readers: see if you can match up the Catholic Social Teaching Principle to its brief summary. Place the letter in right column to the correct principle in left column. See many can you get right! (Answers will appear in next week’s column.)   _____ Dignity of Life

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A Prayer for Families Who Are Separated and Living Apart

Posted by - June 16, 2018

Lately, news feeds have been full of stories of hurting families who are suffering separation from their loved ones. Whether it is parents who are being forcefully separated at the U.S. border, refugees fleeing war and violence, or parents who must go abroad in order to have a chance to provide for their families—it is

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A new location, and some new developments

Posted by - June 8, 2018

This is a big month for Karidat: we are moving!  We will be relocating from our Chalan Piao location at the end of June to the former Sister Remedios school, in the heart of Chalan Kanoa.  We are excited to make the change and look forward to being able to expand into a larger space.

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Eternal Life and Everything Else, Too!

Posted by - June 1, 2018

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (Gospel Verse John 6:51) Happy Feast of Corpus Christi! This Feast is a chance to participate and meditate on what it means to feed on the Word of God—Jesus, the Son of God. So we

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Posted by - May 25, 2018

Please use this information as a reference guide and store it somewhere safe. Snip this column out of the paper or print it off of the North Star website. Consider saving the contact numbers in your phone right now.  If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, the time to act is now.  Here

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Bishops lead the way to helping those with mental illness

Posted by - May 19, 2018

In last week’s column, we highlighted “National Prevention Week,” an annual event which seeks to raise awareness about both substance abuse and mental health. Today we want to highlight an effort by the Bishops of California to speak out and advocate for people who are suffering from mental health disorders, and who number “among the

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National Prevention Week: “Action Today, Healthier Tomorrow”

Posted by - May 12, 2018

May 13-19 is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and aims to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention as well as

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A Just and Merciful Judge

Posted by - May 4, 2018

Every week, sometimes several times a week, Karidat staff has reason to go attend court hearings, and sometimes we are present for longer trials. Our presence is mostly silent, providing moral support or behind-the-scenes encouragement to individuals and families who find themselves confronting abusers, past employers, or perhaps human traffickers.   We learn a lot from the time

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Serve God and Live a Life Full of Flavor!

Posted by - April 28, 2018

Today is the Fifth Sunday of easter. That means there are still three more weeks of the Church’s liturgical easter Season to enjoy and soak in. In the easter Sunday issue of this column a few weeks ago, I suggested beginning a “new easter tradition” of bringing hope and perhaps help to someone else—perhaps someone

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Holiness is Being Merciful

Posted by - April 21, 2018

If there is a trademark topic, revisited time and time again by our current Pope, Francis, it is probably Mercy. Remember that he instituted a “Jubilee Year of Mercy” not so long ago. The motto, if you recall, was “Merciful like the Father.” He will likely never stop preaching and teaching about mercy because it

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