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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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted by - April 14, 2018

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate com- munities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. So what should we become aware of? Among other things: -That sexual violence usually happens between people who know each other. Sexual violence can include rape, incest,

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A new easter tradition

Posted by - March 31, 2018

Happy Easter, everyone! Finally, after all the Holy Week busyness—the processions, prayer vigils, late nights and early mornings—it is at last Easter Sunday. Better yet, the Church did not reserve only a single day to celebrate, but EIGHT weeks! Easter Sunday begins an entire Easter season. Every year, in preparation for Easter, our island communities

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Passion Quiz

Posted by - March 24, 2018

Can your children answer all of the questions of this quiz? Can you? Challenge yourselves this week and learn more about our Catholic traditions! 1. The procession with the palms took place when Je- sus entered the city of _____________, riding on a ___________ . 2. The easter _______________ is the period of three days

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Lent: Pray, Fast, GIVE

Posted by - March 3, 2018

This is the third in our Lenten series on the three pillars of Praying, Fasting and Almsgiving. On the U.S. Catholic Bishop’s website there is a page dedicated to Almsgiving with a directive to seek out the local Catholic Charities for practical ideas on how to “GIVE” during Lent, so here are some of Karidat’s

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Week 2 of Lent: Fasting

Posted by - February 25, 2018

THERE are a lot of ways in which the traditions and practices of the Catholic faith are counter-cultural. Last week, we explored the injunction to spend the season of Lent as a time of extra prayerfulness. The mandatory days of fasting serve as yet another example of this radically counter-cultural teaching: “Ash Wednesday and Good

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