Social Action Gathering: A Cup of Water

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Social Action Gathering: A Cup of Water2018-09-20T11:34:46+00:00

Thank You,

for attending the Social Action Gathering – A Cup of Water, which was held on September 15.

To learn more about other events, please visit our events calendar.

We have a rich Catholic tradition of charity, mercy and justice. Daily outreach ministries and advocacy extend Christ’s love to the marginalized. Come draw water from the well! Renew this call to action with us, to give and receive the life-giving water of Christ. Find practical tools for this important work, and strengthen our Central Colorado network of Catholic ministry.

8-8:30 a.m.
Check-in (1st opportunity)

8:30-9:15 a.m.
Mass with Bishop Michael Sheridan

9:15-9:30 a.m.
Break and 2nd check-in opportunity (Light breakfast provided)

9:30-9:45 a.m.

9:45-10:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Ralph McCloud

10:30-10:45 a.m.

10:45-12:15 p.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions

12:15-1:15 p.m.
BBQ Lunch (provided)

1:15-2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

2:45-3:00 p.m.

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Fellowship & Networking


  • Addressing Basic Needs
    Serving Those on the Margins, One Cup at a Time

    Breakout 1: From Homelessness to Housing. (10:45 am – 12:15 pm)

    Description: Panel discussion with Sue Stewart, Saint Vincent de Paul, Pax Christi Catholic Church, Littleton, CO, Katherine Walton, Lord’s Dinner Ministry, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Colorado Springs, CO, Jennifer Mariano, Pikes Peak Continuum of Care Program Manager, Colorado Springs, CO, Albert Gonzales, Food Pantry Coordinator, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Colorado Springs, CO (Moderator)

    Food and cash assistance continue to be a critical link to bridge those in crisis to the next best step in their lives. Learn what the landscape is like in this area of ministry today, and hear how different approaches are addressing this need. Panelists will share challenges and successes of each.

    Breakout 2: Addressing Basic Needs: Food and Emergency Assistance (10:45 am – 12:15 pm)

    Speaker: Sue Stewart, leader for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Douglas County Colorado.

    Description: The parish can be a place of energy and sustenance for volunteers and the people they work with. Emergency assistance ministries connect to people in need, engage parishioners, and bridge gaps within human services work in the community. They may also be a model of the importance of relationship and connection to healing and stability as they connect people in need with people who care.

  • Spiritual & Emotional Care
    Accompanying Out Brothers & Sisters Through Life’s Deserts & Storms

    Breakout 3: Addressing Challenging Behavior and Referring to Mental Health Resources (10:45 am – 12:15 pm)

    Speaker: Vicky McAdams, APRN, CNS

    Description: Church is a place people may turn to for healing, comfort or direction during the deserts and storms of life.  At times they may exhibit challenging behavior.  Walking through some scenarios, what are some best practices to safely address them and their behavior while preserving their dignity?  Local resources for the various levels and types of care needed are available.  Resources for training lay people to recognize and understand mental health issues are also available.  Understanding mental health issues can inform us how we can relate to and/or advocate for those with mental illness.

    Breakout 4: Sharing the Joy of the Gospel: The Power of Presence (1:15 pm – 2:45 pm)

    Panel Presentation by: Brandt Laird, St. Vincent de Paul, Katherine Coolidge, Catherine of Sienna Institute, Mary Curtis, St. Patrick Food Pantry Servant Leader

    Description: Parishes and community service organizations often are a source of basic needs for our poor.  As we see in life and in scripture, there are deeper, spiritual and emotional needs that can be filled as we serve basic needs:  Peter healed a beggar (Acts 3: 1-10), Jesus offered the woman at the well living water and as a result, a reconnection with her community (John 4: 7-26 ) and said that Man does not live on bread alone (  Matthew 4:4) . By being fully present to others, ministers imitate Christ and open opportunities to share the Joy of the Gospel through the healing and connection to those they serve by being Christ to and seeing Christ in the other through the power of presence.

  • Building Bridges Throughout the Community
    The Contours of Collaboration

    Lunchtime Speaker: Rand Clark, Community Services Supervisor, Douglas County Department of Community Development

    Church participation in helping solve issues in the community is as relevant and important as ever. The landscape of church/non-profit/for-profit and government partnerships is rich, and new ways of leveraging the power of each sector are evolving. Learn how Douglas County is working to connect agencies and make a difference for the lives of people on the margins in the community.

    Breakout 5: Becoming A Socially Active Parish (1:15 pm – 2:45 pm)

    A Conversation with Dick Sievers. Dick is a veteran strategic planner, community development organizer, and community outreach specialist. He is former Community Impact Director for Woodmen Valley Chapel and author of the series Ingage: Intentionally Engage Your Community With Christ, a guide to developing impact in your community through church engagement.

    Our Diverse Church

    Tapping the Springs of Rich Traditions

    Breakout 6: Our Growing Hispanic Community (1:15 pm – 2:45 pm)

    Speaker: Javier Cervantes, Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs

    Before understanding the working relationships necessary to engage our Hispanic brothers and sisters in the church and for involvement in the community, we must first understand the Hispanic culture and the experience of Hispanics in the United States today. Javier will give us a crash course on the important aspects of Hispanic culture as it relates to our work in the church.


Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan
Bishop of Colorado Springs


Andy Barton
CEO, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado

Corey Almond
Community & Parish Engagement, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado


Ralph McCloud
Ralph McCloudDirector of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, USCCB
Ralph oversees the CCHD work to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives. Having worked with organizations across the country to address poverty, Mr. McCloud will share wisdom for those working to strengthen communities from within.

Contact Info

228 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 636-2345

Fax: (719) 636-1216