Did you know that the Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization on the planet. Outside of the US, we have Catholic Relief Services, CRS among other organizations. In Maine we have Catholic Charities. I just read that we have 25 different programs in communities all around us. Catholic Charities serves more than 55,000 people across the state. Inspired by Scripture and the social teachings of the Church, the agency helps people of all different backgrounds and religions. Recognizing that we are all God’s children, you don’t have to be Catholic to receive services. Some Catholic Charities programs are supported through state or federal funding, However it would not be able to offer the types of services that it does without the help of donations which are crucial at this time of government budget cuts. CC depends on direct donations, the annual Catholic Appeal and holds several fundraisers including an Annual Golf Tournament and thrifts stores in Caribou, Presque Isle and Portland. I am very proud to be a Catholic.