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Friday, August 29, 2014

Readings and Psalms for August


The Diocese of Toledo Welcomes
The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, D.D., S.T.L. As the Eighth Bishop of Toledo

Bishop Thomas has been serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since his Episcopal Ordination on July 26, 2006. He fills the office left vacant by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut in December 2013. Since that time the Toledo Diocese has been under the direction of the Reverend Charles Ritter, serving as Diocesan Administrator.

Bishop Thomas will be installed as Bishop of Toledo at a Mass to be celebrated on October 22, 2014, 2 PM at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo.

Bishop Thomas was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania where he earned both a Bachelor and Master of Arts degree. He also earned a licentiate in sacred theology (S.T.L.) in 1989 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. [MORE]

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Labor Day Statement

"Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person.... [It] anoints us with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God... gives one the ability to maintain oneself, one's family, [and] to contribute to the growth of one's own nation." Pope Francis

"...At their best, labor unions and institutions like them embody solidarity and subsidiarity while advancing the common good. They help workers "not only have more, but above all be more... [and] realize their humanity more fully in every respect" (Laborem Exercens, No. 20). Yes, unions and worker associations are imperfect, as are all human institutions. But the right of workers to freely associate is supported by Church teaching in order to protect workers and move them--especially younger ones, through mentoring and apprenticeships--into decent jobs with just wages." [MORE]

USCCB President calls for a special collection for victims of violence in the Middle East

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection “to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East.”

In an August 19 letter, he requested that the collection be held during the weekend of
September 6-7 or September 13-14.

“Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza who are struggling to survive, protect their children and live with dignity in dire conditions.”

Money given to the collection will be disbursed for humanitarian needs by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church.

Prayer for Peace in Iraq

The plight of our country, Iraq, is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.

Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope.

Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.

Glory be to you forever.

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq,
His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.

Father Bohdan J. Danylo, Seminary Rector from Stamford, Connecticut, To Head Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio

Bishop-elect Danylo, age 43, succeeds Auxiliary Bishop John Bura of Philadelphia Ukrainian, who has been serving as apostolic administrator of the Parma diocese since 2009. [MORE]


Archbishop Schnurr Issues Message on Unaccompanied Migrant Children

A humanitarian crisis has emerged on our nation's border, with an expected 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children to arrive by the end of September. Soon after Pope Francis appealed to the U.S. to help protect and welcome these children, Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr released a statement to "prepare our hearts" and urge "compassion for these children, prayers for their well-being, and a willingness to respond if needed." He states:

Despite all of the messy, political aspects of this situation, our response as Christians is fairly straight-forward. While the children are here, even if temporarily, we must care for and protect them. Our Holy Father Francis and the U.S. bishops have strongly reinforced this, and the Gospel's mandate to love the most poor and vulnerable tells us that this is a faithful response, not a political one. The long-term solution to this crisis will require a repaired immigration system, more robust development efforts in the nations South of our border, and a bolder commitment to our relationship with them. Yet, for now, the more urgent matter is opening our hearts to homeless children.

Click here to read the full statement.

How to Support the Children

While some migrant children in this crisis have relocated with local families, there is no word yet as to whether any larger numbers of them would be temporarily placed in communities in our Archdiocese while their legal claims are processed, they are reunited with their families, or they are returned home. Request for support may come should this be the case. For now, we encourage you to:

USCCB letter to Congress
regarding violence in the Holy Land

"Together with Pope Francis, let us agree
“not to spare prayer or any effort to end every hostility and seek the desired peace for the good of all.” Let our refrain be that of Pope Francis: "Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue."

"Never war! Never war! I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future are dashed, dead children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphans, children who have the leftovers of war for toys, children who don't know how to smile. Stop it, please! I beg you with all my heart! It's time to stop!"...Let's remember that everything is lost with war and nothing is lost with peace."

Pope Francis, July 27, 2014


Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love.

Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.

Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.

May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters.

May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.

Pope Saint John XXIII

Earthkeeping Summit
October 12 & 13 2014

Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, are partnering to bring you this exciting event. We'll hear from inspiring speakers and gather to share our challenges and hopes. Click here for detailed information about the Summit and register TODAY!!

Ohio Bishops issue statement concerning Prescription Drug & Heroin Addiction in Ohio

Urge Prayer, Discussion, Treatment and Community Involvement

Governor's Statewide Start Talking! Program Supported

Ohio Bishops Statement on Prescription Drug & Heroin Addiction in Ohio

A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio’s children. Start Talking! is a statewide program to give parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.


2015 OCEA
Thursday - Friday, November 12-13, 2015
Cleveland Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Immigration Reform

Immigration Principles

Congress must seize this moment to fix broken system
Principles diverge from USCCB position, but seen as starting point
Bipartisan cooperation needed to produce agreement

Catholic Conference Page on Immigration


Moratorium on Ohio’s executions extended until January 15, 2015

U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost has ordered a temporary moratorium on executions in Ohio while legal issues related to new lethal injection protocol are worked out.

The order stops the scheduled executions of Ronald Phillips of Summit County, William Montgomery of Lucas County, Raymond Tibbets of Hamilton County, Gregory Lott of Cuyahoga County, and Warren Henness of franklin County. They will all have to be rescheduled by the Ohio Supreme Court.


Ohio Supreme Court Task Force issues recommendations on Ohio's death penalty [MORE]

Catholic Conference Page on Death Penalty

Governor Signs Open Adoption Records Legislation.
Birth Parents Allowed 15 Months to Redact Names

Sub. S.B. 23 will enable all individuals adopted between the years 1964 through 1996 to their access original birth certificates as well as their social and medical history records. As outlined in the law, these records will be available to adult adoptees after a 15 month grace period to allow birth parents who wish to remain anonymous to have their names redacted from these files. All adoptions from 1964-1996 were closed adoptions.

Information from Ohio Department of Heath regarding redaction request forms and release forms

Biological parents who wish to redact their name from any future adoption file release may sign and submit a redaction request form between March 20, 2014 and March 20, 2015. Redaction requests must be submitted using this official government form, which will be made available by March 20, 2014. Biological parents may submit the redaction request until March 20, 2015. Please note if a redaction request form is submitted by a biological parent they must also submit an updated social and medical history form in order for the redaction request to be accepted.

Also effective starting March 20, 2015, the adopted name may be released to a biological parent or sibling upon receipt of a signed application for release of adopted name form.

Catholic Conference of Ohio web page on adoption


Promotion & Defense of Marriage

One Man, One Woman, For Life: Lead Messages on Marriage Redefinition (for clergy, leaders, and lay faithful)


The Catholic Bishops of the United States have called for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance, and sacrifice. Catholics across the nation are being encouraged to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty.

  • Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours in cathedrals and parishes
  • Daily Rosary by families and individuals
  • Special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses
  • Fasting and abstinence from meat on Fridays

Call to Prayer Resources: USCCB

USCCB Resources on the Defense of Marriage

Catholic Conference Page on Marriage & Family Life

Campaign Runs through
May 2015

On Tuesday, December 10, a worldwide movement was launched to respond to the
needs of the poor and vulnerable in our
midst by praying and acting to end hunger.

Since his election, Pope Francis has challenged Catholics and all people to go beyond the boundaries of their own lives
and encounter the poor and marginalized.
As legislators in Washington deliberate how to allocate budget resources to the many people who are hungry, both in our country and around the world, this campaign gives
all of us an opportunity to turn awareness
into action.

Campaign Prayer

O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.

You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.

Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food – even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served five thousand and many more.

We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.

Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.

Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human Family” with “Food for All”. AMEN.

Click here to learn more

Catholic Bishops statement on Religious Liberty: Our First, Most Cherished Liberty

Prayer For Protection Of Conscience Rights In Health Care

Father, in Jesus our Lord, we praise and thank you for your most precious gift of human life and for forming us in your divine image. Keep us, the dwelling place of your most Holy Spirit, ever healthy in body and soul.

Jesus, Divine Healer, pour your grace upon all those afflicted with illness or disease. Protect from all harm those who are vulnerable due to sickness, suffering, frailty, poverty or age, whether elderly or unborn.

Holy Spirit, touch the hearts of all who serve human life in medicine and science, so they will protect the dignity of each person, from conception to natural death, and remain faithful advocates of all entrusted to their care.

Grant those who are called to serve as health care providers renewed conviction in their ministry, and increased wisdom to treat the whole person, and not merely the illness.

Protect the right of health care providers to serve their patients without being forced to violate their moral and religious convictions. Guard them against discrimination, that they might be free to follow you faithfully while fulfilling their professional duties.

Grant our lawmakers the wisdom and courage to uphold conscience rights for those called to the ministry of healing, and help them resist the pressure to become collaborators in the culture of death.

Give us strength to be bold and joyful witnesses to the truth that every human life is sacred.

In your goodness, guard our freedom to live out our faith and to follow you in all that we do.

Father, we ask this in Jesus’ name, through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

U. S. Bishops Resources regarding Health Care Reform

Catholic Conference of Ohio Page on HHS Mandate

Care for Creation

Catholic Conference of Ohio web page on environmental justice entitled Care for Creation. It provides resources for families, parishes, schools and other institutions.


Important legislation is pending that needs your attention

Ohio General Assembly

U.S. Congress

Now is the Time to Pass
Just and Compassionate Immigration Reform

Action & Contact Information



Federal Judge issues a temporary moratorium on the executions of Ronald Phillips, William Montgomery, Raymond Tibbetts, Gregory Lott, and Warren Henness

Ronald R. Phillips, Summit County, had been rescheduled for execution on July 2, 2014 and then September 18, 2014 for the death of Sheila Marie Evans. He was originally scheduled for execution on November 14, 2013, but was granted a stay to investigate the possibility of providing organ donations.

William Montgomery, Lucas County, had been scheduled for execution on August 6, 2014 for the deaths of Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher.

Raymond Tibbetts, Hamilton County, had been scheduled for execution on October 14, 2014 for the deaths of Judith Sue Crawford and Fred Hicks.

Gregory Lott, Cuyahoga County,had been rescheduled for execution on November 19, 2014 for the death of John McGrath. Mr. Lott had three previous execution dates delayed; one on March 19, 2014, one on August 27, 2002, the other on April 27, 2004.


Warren K. Henness , Franklin County, had been scheduled for execution on January 7, 2015 for the death of Richard Myers

Robert Van Hook, Hamilton County, is scheduled for execution on March 12, 2015 for the death of David Self

Jeffrey Wogenstahl, Hamilton County, is scheduled for execution on May 14, 2015 for the death of Amber Garrett.

Alva Campbell Jr., Franklin County, is scheduled for execution on July 15, 2015 for the death of Charles Dials

Angelo Fears, Hamilton County, is scheduled for execution on September 17, 2015 for the death of Antwan Gilliam

Cleveland Jackson, Allen County, is scheduled for execution on November 17, 2015 for the death of Leneshia Williams


Kareem Jackson, Franklin County, is scheduled for execution on January 21, 2016 for the deaths of Antonio Hunter and Terrance Walker.



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