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September 8th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Church invites jobless to place resumes on altar

(CNN) - A Catholic church outside Buffalo, New York is taking prayers for the jobless to a new level, inviting unemployed parishioners to place their resumes on the alter

"It's tough times," said Father Bill Quinlivan, who came up with the idea to collect resumes and pray for them at a recent prayer service, told CNN Buffalo affiliate WGRZ. "So we go to God with that."

Quinlivan is a priest at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tonawanda, New York.

"It's an important lesson for us to realize we take our faith out into the marketplace and into the workplace," Quinlivan told WGRZ. "What sometimes some of us do is we tell God what we want instead of asking what he wants."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Economy • New York

soundoff (363 Responses)
  1. If it looks like a duck...

    Funny how this "imaginary sky fairy" (LOLOL) can cause people so much distress to hear about. Attack the Catholic religon if that's what makes you feel better about your life. But these people are finding hope for themselves in a manner they choose. Much the same as facing east on a mat, tossing a penny in a wishing well, wishing on a star, crossing your fingers...there is an endless list. So, get all your panties out of a bunch...breathe...and realise we are all in this country together...for better or worse and try being supportive of your fellow human beings who are all very real and very much here and wouldn't be putting a resume on an alter unless they were in very much trouble.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • blah9999

      except wishing upon a star doesn't cause nations to collapse, politicians to be herded, and terrorists to blow themselves up

      September 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      The problem is that your penny-wishing/god-fearing friends are holding the rest of evolution hostage. Free thinkers brought you technology and truth. Religion brings bigotry, fear, intolerance and war. Fact.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Wrong. PEOPLE bring bigotry, fear, intolerance, and war. People are selfish and power-hungry and will use any reason to justify their atrocious actions to themselves and other people.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      People made religion. Split hairs all you want but the fact remains that religion is the root of all evil.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      "People made religion. Split hairs all you want but the fact remains that religion is the root of all evil."

      You just contradicted yourself. If religion wouldn't exist without people, then religion can't be the root of all evil. But if people don't exist, there is no evil. Ergo, people are the root of all evil.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      I said religion wouldn't exist without people stupid enough to believe it (like Santa Claus) – NOT people = religion. Quit posting in circles and wasting space. You lose.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Let me point out some logic to you.

      You stated religion is the source of all evil. To say this, is to say religion is the origin of all evil.

      However, we both agree that people created religion.

      Therefore, because people created religion, it cannot be, by definition, the origin of evil.

      People use many things to do evil. It can be religion, government, money, etc. But religion, government and money by themselves are not evil. They require a person to use them for evil.

      It's not splitting hairs. It's showing you that your statement is incorrect.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Now let me share some logic with you.
      You would rather split hairs and make assumptions over what a person woulda/coulda/shoulda said in place of addressing the actual point of the statement. If it's an attempt to avoid the topic it won't work here. You'll have to play with yerself on this one. Peace.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      "USmellLikePee

      People made religion. Split hairs all you want but the fact remains that religion is the root of all evil.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | "
      ---–

      Seems like I was very on point to me. I'm sorry you didn't like my response, but that doesn't change the fact that your statement is, at its core, incorrect.

      September 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      I didn't say anything about liking or disliking your statement. I simply stated you were avoiding the point but once again your reading comprehension is flawed and your butthurt is showing. Normal people have no problem understanding that religion is an evil invention of man yet you continue to beat the dead horse. At this point it's become quite comical.
      Go ahead, post something else.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Fine. You say I missed your point. What is your point then?

      September 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      "The problem is that your penny-wishing/god-fearing friends are holding the rest of evolution hostage."

      September 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Holding you hostage, how?

      September 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  2. blah9999

    Oh Catholics...You so craaazy!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  3. Suzanne

    prayer almost always spurs me to action but taking the time to pray helps me listen for God's leading me in the right actions. I am 58 and very succesful in business and with my family and this has worked for me since age 8. You can poo poo prayer all you want but it works for me and many others. God bless you and open your hard heart.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • blah9999

      I poo poo once, sometimes twice a day

      September 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Newyorker

      If it helps you become a better person, then that's great. The problem is that a lot of people use religion to cover up, or justify their evil deeds. Therein lies the problem.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      You were working when you were eight? Smells like FLDS.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Kay

      Amen !!!

      September 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  4. keith s

    That's it. God will give us jobs now!!!!!! We are saved!!!!! God will solve the debt problem to and pay off everyones credit cards too. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE FREEEEEEEE MONEY AND JOBSSSSSSSSS WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.......................I hate religion. So, stupid.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • If it looks like a duck...

      He will likely do it before the moron Federal Reserve Chair or Obama do. I have more faith in God fixing our human problem than this government...and that's a sad state.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • cocoloco

      Religion will see you in hell if you don't repent!

      September 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Wisdom

      Chinese Proverb: Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      Confucius say "He who fart in church sit in his own pew".

      September 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  5. Andy

    Yeah, that'll work. Why does it have to take the work of a priest? Can't you just pray you get hired? I'm so tired of churchies, like Perry offering Jesus as snakeoil for real world problems, while at the same time disregarding science like it's garbage. Here are the facts: Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • keith s

      Perry made his money the old fashion way......Praying to God and sucking poles.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • cocoloco

      Andy: when you die you'll be flying too, but to a place you won't enjoy! Read your Bible which is by the way, a historical book. Then, we can talk real science since GOD invented it! Repent before it's too late! God bless you!

      September 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  6. petridish

    What next? The church blessing lottery tickets?

    September 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  7. USmellLikePee

    Lol @ that comment coming from a "Soldier for god". He couldn't have picked a better representative! Thanks man, I needed that laugh...

    September 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  8. What story?

    Guess this country has no churches feeding the homeless, or helping those in need. Not-a-one. CNN looked high and low and couldn't find any right?

    I mean, its not like they would peddle a ridiculous news story like this and pass it off as what all Christians or Catholics do.

    ...Right?

    September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  9. soldierfor God

    Leo you are and Idiot.. I invite you to come to the worst places in the world so I
    can see the kind of man you are.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  10. Newyorker

    Can they pray for me to get a raise?

    September 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  11. Gloria

    Nothing wrong with belief and faith, is there?

    September 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Newyorker

      As long as it doesn't totally contradict facts or science or even common sense.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  12. Mark

    They should also pray we elect a new president in 2012!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Newyorker

      Who did you have in mind as a replacement? Rick Perry perhaps? Obama will crush all of the GOP contenders, especially the really dumb ones, like Perry.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  13. Saxman

    If this manner of prayer brings them a bit of serenity during a difficult time, so be it. It certainly makes as much sense as anything Obama has done or will do to create a job.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      This isn't about Obama or politics. It's about a church taking advantage of people in poor situations and coercing them into pews. Typical brainwashing religious cult-ivation at work.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Newyorker

      Yes. If Tea Baggers start praying instead of brainlessly blocking Obama at every turn, they will have removed the biggest obstacle to job creation – themselves. Then Obama will finally have the chance to create jobs. Halleluyah!

      September 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  14. Ksenya

    This is awesome! Church and prayer are about more then just saving peoples souls!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  15. Lupe Ramos

    The Fying Spaghetti Monster does a better job of answering prayers. Try it for all your speedy needs.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Newyorker

      Yes, he answers prayers in 30 minutes or less, or it's free. God's prayer answering service sucks big time by comparison.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • heynow

      He got a little marinara on my resume last time, though.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  16. Kweso

    The Catholic Church should be giving away some of the billions of dollars it has amassed over the centuries to assist the poor, instead of trying to bother God with what is a human problem. God never created money because God has no use for it.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • SpotOn

      There are gold toilets in the Vatican – really. I'll bet they could sell a few of those off and take care of a whole lot of needy families. It would be amusing if someone could publish what percentage of the church's wealth goes to charity and how much is spent on enriching the hierarchy.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Brian

      Wow. Do you really not have a clue how much money the catholic church spends on feeding the poor around the world?

      September 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • George T

      The Catholic Church spends more money helping the poor than any other organization or government in the world. The tired argument that the Vatican has this amassed fortune it could sell off is bogus. Vatican City houses some treasures which it has been given to preserve and show to the world, rather than fall into the hands of private collectors. Even if it were to sell off its priceless works of art and churches, it would be a drop in the bucket in terms of the aid and man hours given to the poor and needy.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  17. Tx4urexkarlene

    If it's God's will I'm gonna win the Lottery 😉
    Thank You Baby Jesus !!!

    September 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Newyorker

      I don't think the Lord would approve of being used as a good luck charm.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  18. Jamie from Riverside

    A belief blog? Who would've thunk it?

    September 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  19. Tony0311

    The problem is that the church is doing what it does best, play on fear and desperation. That is all it has to keep people coming in and donating.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • If it looks like a duck...

      Seems that Catholics do what Democrats do..prey of fear to get people behind their agenda.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Ben

      Damian, thanks for admitting that no prayer has been proven to have been answered by a divine being, ever. That's a big step forward for you. Now use your new-found reason to figure out why the rest of your post is nonsense.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  20. DamianKnight

    To me, this is a symbolic gesture. It is basically saying, "God, I place this situation in Your hands."

    I don't see why anyone would have a problem with it...but then, this is the CNN Belief Blog. If someone sneezes and another person says, "God bless you" it will stir up a hornet's nest of fourteen pages of name-calling.

    Gesundheit.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Leo

      Because placing a situation in the hands of your imaginary friend is a guaranteed way for nothing to get done. If I find myself in an emergency, I don't waste my time and risk my life by getting on my knees and begging god to save me. I do the work myself or ask for help from the nearest real person if I need help.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • What's The Word I Am Looking For? Hippopotomus? No. Hypodermic? No . . .

      So you insult people who insult? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      Leo,

      You are laboring under the as.sumption that these people are just placing their resume on the altar and then going away to sit on a couch and wait for the job to land in their lap. And while some people will (foolishly) do that, I don't think that's the majority. Most people will continue to send their resumes to prospective employers, but a little extra prayer doesn't hurt anyone.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Trick for applying for a job today. The personnel officers are very lazy and won't read your resume. Therefore, when applying for a position that you have experience in, send a request to the employer stating you have the X amount of experience in the area they are requesting. Though, you have more experience, do not state the amount over the amount they are seeking. They don't care during that time of the search process.

      God Bless and Amen.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Ben

      Damian, re "a little extra prayer doesn't hurt anyone", I call big steaming pile of B–S on that statement. No prayer has ever been proven to have been answered by a divine being, ever.

      Prayer is a complete waste of time, time that could be better spent elsewhere. Especially in this case, time spent preparing supporting doc-uments and getting out and looking for employment, rather than looking to your imaginary sky fairy for help that will never come, is essential and actually is likely to have a positive impact.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      @Ben,

      I suppose, once again, this requires a definition of "proof." But then, you're probably looking for a scientific or worldly definition, of which, is completely contrary to the idea of faith. So by your own standard of proof, you would be correct.

      And even if prayer is a complete waste of time, even if God doesn't exist (I don't believe this, but let's assume it is true), who does it actually hurt? Worst case scenerio, the person misses a telephone call from a potential employer while they are at church, which is unlikely, since most employers aren't calling people on Sunday mornings, which is when this service is being done.

      The fact remains, that if people want to have religious beliefs and believe it helps, it doesn't hurt anyone. Just like, if someone sends "good thoughts" or "hopes" a person gets a job. Does this hurt anyone?

      That's what the Freedom of Religion clause of the First Amendment is about. If I pray for our nation, for wisdom, guidance and understanding, does that hurt you, as an athiest? Does it in any way impact you? No, because more than likely, you didn't even know it occured.

      September 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Ben

      Damian, thanks for admitting that there is no proof that no prayer has ever been proven to have been answered by a divine being, ever. That's a big step forward for you. Now use your new-found reason to figure out why the rest of your post is nonsense.

      September 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Ben

      Religion is a problem for everyone. Let's work together to rid the world of the mind virus known as religion. Put your childish sky fairiy stories away and start to think for yourself

      September 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      @Ben,

      Ah, you didn't actually read what I said. I said, "your own standard." That says nothing about whether proof of any type has been given. But were I to show it to you, you would close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and scream "LALALALALALALALA" just to maintain the petulant point. I hope you find some manner of dealing with your animosity because it's quite unbecoming.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
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