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Monday, October 20, 2014

Readings and Psalms for October

NEWS

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.


Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod


Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

USCCB blog featuring posts on Pope Paul -- honoring his legacy by reflecting on his individual and lasting contributions to the life of the Church.




The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information.The number for Ohioans to call is 1-866-800-1404.

What You Need To Know About Ebola


Ohio Abortions Hit New Historic Low
State Report Shows 9 Percent Drop from Previous Year


There were 23,216 abortions performed in the state of Ohio in 2013, the lowest annual number since the state began keeping records in 1976, according to a new report from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).




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

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.

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The Ukranian Eparchy of St. Josaphat Welcomes The Most Reverend Bohdan Danylo

The Pontifical Divine Liturgy with the Rite of Ordination and Installation of the Most Reverend Bohdan J. Danylo as the Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 2:00pm at St. Josaphat Cathedral.

A bilingual Vespers Service with the Rite of Episcopal Nomination will take place the evening before, on Monday, November 3rd, at 6:00pm.

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PRAY FOR PEACE IN THE UKRAINE

Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav regarding the situation in Ukraine



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


PRAYER FOR PEACE

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



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.





SAVE THE DATE


2015 OCEA
OHIO CATHOLIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Convention
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

STATE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES




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.

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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

PROGRAMS / EVENTS



Promotion & Defense of Marriage

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

CALL TO PRAYER
FOR LIFE, MARRIAGE AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

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.

ACTION ALERTS



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


EXECUTION ALERT


Catholic Conference of Ohio Death Penalty Page

OTHER RESOURCES



Study the Catechism in the new, easy-to-navigate E-pub format




Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church


Pope Francis

Apostolic Exhortations, Encyclicals, Letters, Homilies,
Speeches, Biography, Prayers



APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM

Online Version
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Quotes from Pope Francis on Issues of Life, Dignity, Justice & Peace









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