Who are we ?
Christian Catholic Relief Fund is a non-profit foundation consisting from all categories of the Christian Catholic Palestinian Categories such as: Doctors, Pharmacists, Engineers, University Instructors, Peasants, Merchants, Administrators, Thinkers, Poets, Authors, Archeologists with a mission to look after the poor, regardless of affiliation. We have been established in Birzeit – Palestine in the year 2014 as a Society consisting of local energetic and dynamic men and women who represent a wide spectrum of our village. Our commitment is to work as a volunteering group just for creating and organizing projects aimed at providing what is urgently needed for the poor.
“The poor will always being with us.” We see poverty from our scope of vision as having many dimensions: spiritual, social, emotional, psychological, physical and financial. The strategy of CCRF is not simply to distribute food for poor and needy families, but to start development, not just to feed, but to teach people how to produce and acquire food with dignity. Therefore individuals are the center point of our mission and our services.
We are relying on our own creativity for planning and achieving our goals. Our strategy is not to wait for things to happen, but to make them happen. by offering what we have: time, energy, gifts, friendships, connections, etc. for the benefit of our people.
Spirituality and Goals of Christian Catholic Relief Fund :-
Christian Catholic Relief Fund is considered as the beautified embodied for the evangelical love, and as we can not portion the evangelical love or reduces it, also the horizons CCRF has no limits, since all what is related to the act of loving is the field of its function. Therefore, we realize in full that poverty takes many shapes, it is considered as the shortage of things with someones which available with the others, this shortage may be financially, emotionally, physiologically, physically or spiritually. So that the elder may need for a financial help as well as his need of the other person to be presented to share him his loneliness and his isolation. This is the same for the ill, despair or who is lost either physiologically or socially.
The vital function of the Christian Catholic Relief Fund is the human being as a person depending on the work strategy with the soul of one party who are not waiting for the things to happen but to take the initiative to encounter it, devoting all what we have of efforts which shares in the benefit of our local community, believing that a Society having all this specifications is a Society for work and give not just for prestigious matters.
Christian Catholic Relief Fund has adopted an obvious shaped strategy by means of depending as much as we can of receiving an urgent bluntly financial assistance from the Philanthropist and wealthy American and European men and women & or Catholic Churches related associations Worldwide.
Alms Giving is a Spiritual Foundation
The basis for almsgiving is a spiritual law summarized in the words of Jesus, “Give and it shall be given to you” (Luke 6:38). I refer to this as a law because countless times in Scripture, this theme is elaborated upon, and the message is driven home that God will not be generous with a heart that is unmerciful and closed to the needs of others. We have been given much, and our gratitude for what we have received should inspire generosity in return.
Giving to the poor is critical because we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves.
When we make excuses for not giving, it is usually because we have never experienced want or hardship, and thus have no compassion. But I assure you, if you were in need, you would want others to be generous with you. Therefore, if you neglect the needs of others, it is a grave sin against charity.
But beyond the command to charity, Our Lord makes the call to generosity still more urgent by identifying himself with the poor so intimately as to say that we do to them, we do to Him. Likewise, what we neglect to give to the poor, we neglect to give to Him (see Matthew 25). St. Augustine, the great Father of the Church, makes the point crystal clear: “Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from you. As he says, ‘Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did to me’.
How terrifying it would be to told that you would not enter heaven because you were cold hearted toward the unfortunate, and therefore toward Jesus himself! On the other hand, what a privilege it is to serve Christ himself in the poor and needy. Those who do so will not be without reward.
About Whom The Almsgiving?
Almsgiving is about you. Unfortunately, any mention of giving to the poor immediately leads to arguments about socialist utopias, liberalism, social justice, Marxism, and the welfare state. But almsgiving is fundamentally different than these ideologies. The fundamental problem with socialism and communism is that they are inherently godless. They seek to create a heaven on earth through human efforts, neglecting the eternal soul and the necessity of grace.
Another problem with these systems is that they depersonalized generosity. Giving is only valuable when it is personal and comes from the heart. Jesus did not say, “When the state takes your money and gives it to someone else, it will be given to you.” He said, “You give.” When a beaurocracy gives, it has no meaning.
While almsgiving may seem straightforward, you may still wonder how exactly you can practice it this Lent. To guide us, Mother Church outlines 7 corporal—or bodily—works of mercy, as well as 7 spiritual works of mercy. The corporal works of mercy are:
- To feed the hungry
- To give drink to the thirsty
- To clothe the naked
- To harbour the harbourless
- To visit the sick
- To ransom the captive
- To bury the dead
The 7 spiritual works of mercy are:
- To instruct the ignorant
- To counsel the doubtful
- To admonish sinners
- To bear wrongs patiently
- To forgive offences willingly
- To comfort the afflicted
- To pray for the living and the dead
As you can see, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are opportunities for mercy. visiting a sick person in the hospital, being patient with the driver who cuts you off, paying attention to one who is lonely, or praying for the souls in purgatory are all acts of mercy that we can practice. The Church lists 7 of each because 7 is a mystical number, but the possibilities are endless. The point is, we must give of ourselves to those who need it—and if we pay attention, we will find countless opportunities to do so.
Here is a famous alms Quote of St. Don Bosco: –
“ If we have nothing, we can give nothing; but if we have a little, let’s give a little. If we have much, let’s give accordingly. In all cases, let charity be our guide, for ultimately it will be to our advantage.”
– Don Bosco
Give Abundantly Live Lavishly:-
Te more you give, the more you get,
The more you laugh, the less you fret,
The more you do unselfishly,
The more you live abundantly,
The more of everything you share,
The more you’ll always have to spare,
The more you love, the more you’ll find,
That life is good and friends are kind,
For only what we give away,
Enriches us from day to day.
We have been shown endless mercy by Our Lord, and we must show mercy to others if we are to be obedient to the Gospel. This Lent, seek opportunities for generosity. Perhaps someone has physical needs that are clearly seen, but maybe someone else has spiritual needs there more easily hidden. Pay attention. Once you are aware of a need, give generously of yourself— until it hurts. Be literally compassionate— feel the suffering of others and seek to alleviate it.
You can give your donations directly in US Dollars through bank transfer to the following address:-
Name : Issa Yousef Qustandi Alloush
Account Number : 20872
Name Of the Bank : The Housing Bank For Trade & Finance
IBAN Number: PS65HBH0040600208720023100000
SWIFT CODE: HBHOJOAX
I would be more grateful and much appreciated if you could support us with your lavish money to enable us help those who are in great need for this money especially on Easter since we have more than ( 150 ) families who are living below poverty level, since this is the specific thing we can do to assist those families buy some clothes and presents to their children or even buy their daily needs such as food, vegetables, fruits, meat,etc…
Thanks and Regards for your co-operation in advance.
Issa Y. Alloush
Christian Catholic Relief Fund