THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.        Download a PDF or Read the  Apostolic Exhortation on vatican.va


Resources for Struggling Families

on . Economic Justice

The State of California has unveiled a website containing information for families and individuals struggling in this economy.  "Weconnect.net" provides links to a variety of resources -- from job fairs and employment-related advice to mortgage assistance programs that will help keep Californian's in their homes. California's First Lady, Maria Shriver, is spearheading the effort.

The website is organized into three different areas.  "Money" details programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Care Credit and alternative auto insurance carriers.  "Opportunity" has employment related resources, including links to the Employment Development Department and a list of job fairs around the state.  "Dreams" allows Californians to discuss their hopes for the future.

Parishes and other groups may want to publicize the availability of the site in their communications.  Since access to a computer is required, programs that allow low-income families access will also be important.  Visit www.weconnect.net.