Catholic Relief Services: 70 Years in a Heartbeat


This past weekend, many of us heard about the Home Missions appeal in our parishes. Today, I want to remind you about the amazing work beyond done literally around the world by our friends at Catholic Relief Services. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about the good work they do, this upbeat video gives you a succinct overview in just a few minutes. A great tool for learning and sharing!

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Watch the story of one of the world’s greatest humanitarian relief agencies. View Catholic Relief Services’ “70 Years in a Heartbeat” and be a compassionate contributor…today!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Edward Hoyt on

    Thanks so much for posting this, Lisa.

    And thanks to all Catholic Mom readers for their support of CRS, during the Lenten Rice Bowl campaign and throughout the year. It’s truly inspirational to see the work the church does worldwide in defending and supporting human life and dignity, and the prayers, advocacy, and generosity of ordinary American Catholics like you and me have been a crucial part of it.

    Our vice president Joan just came back from Lebanon, where civilian refugees from Syria’s civil war arrived after fleeing with just the clothes on their backs and the children in their arms. Without ID papers, their ability to get relief was mired in a bureaucratic glut.

    “Only Catholics would help us!” Joan reported them as saying. It’s a variant of a cry I’ve heard before. Desperate people who have no one but… us. God and us. It stops me every time I’ve heard it.

    • Edward, I love being a tiny little part of the amazing work your team does. It’s my honor to share — and this video really showed in a succinct way all of the good being done! Thank you for sharing Joan’s story too. I hope to thank you in person some day soon!

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