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Fair Trade Important to Artisans

In these weeks before Thanksgiving, some of our local parishes are sponsoring sales of Fair Trade items. That means the artisans that made them were paid a living wage for their purchase.

Through the efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of paying a fair price for items made by artisans in other countries, especially Third World countries.

The Social Concerns Committee of St. Rose Parish sponsored a sale after the Oct. 25-26 weekend liturgies.

Myrt Rollins, head of the diocesan Global Solidarity Committee belongs to St. Rose.

The committee is raising awareness about CRS and how everyone can participate in its mission.

“I am involved because I discovered the great hope that CRS is offering our world in need and volunteered in 2008, when I retired to help spread this good news,” Rollins said.  “It is my hope more and more Catholics will take pride in their Church and take time to pray, learn about, act on behalf of, and give to CRS.”

Cheryl Sommer, also a member of the Solidarity committee said people can buy goods from places that will oppress people, like sweat shops or where it will help people.

St. Peter Cathedral in Belleville is sponsoring a sale of Fair Trade items Nov. 1-2.

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