When I was growing up, my family was always on the go. But one of the non-negotiables in our home was that we would all sit down for dinner together at 5:30 p.m., as soon as Mom called. My parents understood that eating family meals together was important, and they treated it as a special time to pray, laugh, and be fully present with one another.
Family meals are also a wonderful time to talk about our Catholic faith!
A few years ago, I learned an easy way to explain Catholic Social Teaching — the Church’s social doctrine — from Father Glenn Meaux, founder of the Kobonal Haiti Mission. It’s a great lesson to share over your pizza lunch or dinner because it provides an easy-to-remember explanation you can share with your kids, family and friends.
As a missionary priest, Fr. Meaux is transforming lives in rural Haiti through poverty relief programs including housing, water, education, microenterprise, food and agriculture. Undoubtedly, one of his greatest accomplishments has been spiritual outreaches that draw hundreds of people to Mass every Sunday to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
Fr. Meaux is a strong believer in Catholic faith formation, and the Kobonal Haiti Mission is grounded in the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. That’s why he came up with a helpful mnemonic device to explain Catholic Social Teaching to kids and families. A mnemonic device is a learning tool that helps people remember information. Examples include the spelling tip “i before e, except after c” and the name “Roy G. Biv” to memorize the colors of the rainbow (and in case you’re wondering, they are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet).
Fr. Meaux explains Catholic Social Teaching with this phrase: “Please send round pizza with square corners.” The first letter of each word represents the main idea of each of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
Want to go more in depth on Catholic Social Teaching? We sat down with Bishop Carl Kemme of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, for a detailed look at how Catholic Social Teaching helps people live a life of holiness.
Faithful friends like you have an important role to play in the Kobonal Haiti Mission’s large-scale efforts to transform lives, change entire communities, and build bright futures for the glory of Jesus Christ. Fr. Meaux has a bold and cost-effective plan to build 28 stormproof homes and repair 50 existing homes for deserving families. Your generous support will help Kobonal’s families discover the greatness that lies within so they can break the cycle of poverty.
Join us today in this transformative mission!
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.