Call to Family, Community, and Participation!

We need to be there,
To show we care.
Set aside time,
And everything will be fine.
Every vote is vital,
To get our government's title.
To say whats on our mind-
Towards our family- always act kind.
We're not only sacred,
But were social too.
Without participation,
We would be feeling blue.
EPSF.
ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND FAMILY,
THE FOUR WE CAN'T FORGET!
EPSF.
THESE ARE THE VERY BEST!
Use the values of our faith,
For our decisions to shape.
Community service is a way,
To show our work every day!
We'll leave a legacy-
A good thought for you, and for me!
Your schedule may be full,
But your family is still cool.
Be there every day,
Even if work is in the way.
You know you love your fam(ily),
So eat dinner with them.
Call to family and participation,
Is a very important station!
Strengthen your marriage, and your love,
God will send you goodness, from above!


Family-

The part of call to family symbolizes the need for participation in family activities. It is said that human development takes place in your relationship with others. A family is initially supposed to be based on the marriage between a man and a woman, the first and fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children because these children are meant to be a part of a family that they can grow up in and be loved in. But it's not just to have a family, but also to be a family. That means that you should be involved and keep in touch with your relatives by sending letters or invitations to parties. Or you can help your little brother with his homework, or have a family meal. The most helpful way you can help your parent is just by making their load easier, so you can fold laundry, set the table, and most of all, try not to fight with your siblings or your parents. In the end, your family is the most important quality to life, and family comes first, so everyone should apply that to their life, step up, and build a better relationship.

Community-
Active community participation is key to building an empowered community. Studies show that communities with high rates of participation apply for and recieve more funding than communities with less participation. In addition, participating communities achieve greater citizen satisfaction with their community. Participating communities have many centers of activity, and community action engages the natural enthusiasm and talents of citizens. You may not know it, but your community has done so much to make the environment you live in a safe one, and if it hasn't, you and others can be the first to make a difference. Clean up trash in the park, or encourage your neighborhood to "go green" with recycling campaigns. A great way for a community to come together is through a yard sale, where everyone can participate no matter what age. And always remember, COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IS CRITICAL TO COMMUNITY SUCCESS, which includes your help, and you leave a footprint on whatever place or people you touch.


From USCCB complete statement & document available at–
http://www.usccb.org/faithfulcitizenship/FCStatement.pdf

Principals of Catholic Social Teaching

The human person is not only sacred but also social. Full human development takes place in relationship with others. The family—based on marriage between a man and a woman—is the first and fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children. It should be defended and strengthened, not redefined or undermined by permitting same-sex unions or other distortions of marriage. Respect for the family should be reflected in every policy and program. It is important to uphold parents’ rights and responsibilities to care for their children, including the right to choose their children’s education.
How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects the common good and the capacity of individuals to develop their full potential. Every person and association has a right and a duty to participate actively in shaping society and to promote the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

The principle of subsidiarity reminds us that larger institutions in society should not overwhelm or interfere with smaller or local institutions, yet larger institutions have essential responsibilities when the more local institutions cannot adequately protect human dignity, meet human needs, and advance the common good.
Source:
USCCB. "Call to Family, Community, and Participation". Catholic Charities Central Texas. ND. 7 June 2010. Web.

Participation-
It's easy to not participate. Sometimes, we want nothing to do with helping our community and giving back. But we need to realize that it leaves a legacy on everyone we help-even if it was a small job. People remember you for the kind acts you have done, some life changing, and others just helpful. We can participate by voting in elections, growing plants to help the environment, or even joining your Parish choir. You can participate and have fun at the same time, and even make new friends, but always remember to include everyone. Not only the community would be proud of your good works, but colleges also want to see charity work, and ways you gave back to your community, on your college applications. So, always remember that participating can be fun, but you hold the key to make it fun. Always keep a good attitude, have your head held high, and most of all, be a role model in giving back to your community.

Scenarios and Reflection Questions-
The scenarios and reflection questions listed below are all relevant to the Catholic Social Teaching of Call to Family, Community, and Participation. Each question either goes agaisnt the teaching because it is rejecting family and your siblings, participating in your community by either helping out and/or voting etc. The reflection questions will help you to think back about your past life if you didn't use your conscience with the knowledge of this teaching to change your life for the better.
In what ways have you helped your community so far in your life? How has it made you feel?
Have you ever regretted an event or words you have said to hurt anyone, either your family or friends? Do you now wish you could take it back? Your parents are going through a major divorce, and it really hurts you and your younger siblings. But, you are the oldest. Through the Catholic Social Teaching: Call to Family, Community, and Participation, what can you do to help your siblings understand, or help out your parents?
You have been waiting for the newest sneakers to come to Justice, your favorite store! But, in your school they're raising money for a new playground. But you have been saving all your money! What should you do?

You just found out that your neighborhood is having a talent show and will be raising money for the homeless shelter. You love the idea, except you feel you have no talent at all! Should you not participate? Is their any other job you can do to help out in the talent show?



Statistics-
In the United States, 49% of marriages end in divorce.
In Sweden, 64% of marriages end in divorce, and the lowest rate in Italy, with 12% of marriages ending.

Teen girls from single parent homes are twice as likely to drop out of highscool or give birth to an out-of-wedlock child.
50% of all children will witness their parent's divorce and about 25% will witness their second divorce.
If you wait to marry unitl you are over 25, your risk for divorce has decreased by 24%.
A single mom is nine times more likely than a married woman to have an income that is less than half of the official poverty line.


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