The Inter-Faith Spiritual Center in Wichita serves as a temporary winter shelter for homeless men from Nov. 1 through March 31, typically the coldest five months of the year.
From the shelter’s opening date through January, various metro-Wichita area churches serve as hosts. During February and March, the Diocese of Wichita hosts the homeless at the shelter.
Hosting means that for those 59 days, it is the diocese’s turn to provide hospitality and welcome those who use the shelter. It means that it is our turn to serve the homeless, to provide them with dignity that they may not have received before. It means that it is our turn to go outside of ourselves to serve others as true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Groups of six to eight people, or more, are needed to provide and serve a hot dinner and, if possible, a hot breakfast in the morning to these men. PSR classes and scout troops can get involved by purchasing items for sack lunches and assembling them for the men.
These 59 days of the year provide us with a prime opportunity to serve, grow and sacrifice. God calls us to do many things during our time here on earth. Could he be calling you to serve during these 59 days?
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote in 1983: “At the center of all Catholic social teaching are the transcendence of God and the dignity of the human person. The human person is the clearest reflection of God’s presence in the world; all of the Church’s work in pursuit of both justice and peace is designed to protect and promote the dignity of every person. For each person not only reflects God, but is the expression of God’s creative work and the meaning of Christ’s redemptive ministry.”
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