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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Readings and Psalms for November/December

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NEWS


USCCB Migration Chairman Welcomes Obama Administration Announcement Of Relief For Immigrant Families

"...We’ve been on record asking the Administration to do everything within its legitimate authority to bring relief and justice to our immigrant brothers and sisters. As pastors, we welcome any efforts within these limits that protect individuals and protect and reunite families and vulnerable children,” said Bishop Elizondo.

“...I strongly urge Congress and the President to work together to enact permanent reforms to the nation’s immigration system for the best interests of the nation and the migrants who seek refuge here..." [MORE]

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) Response

Fact sheet on the new executive order


Pope Francis Will Attend the World Meeting of Families—Philadelphia 2015

It is expected that the Holy Father will visit Philadelphia September 25 – 27, 2015 to participate in the closing events of the Eighth World Meeting of Families. [MORE]


SAVE THE DATE


2015 OCEA
OHIO CATHOLIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Convention
Thursday - Friday,
November 12-13, 2015
Cleveland Convention Center,
Cleveland, Ohio

MASS, FEATURED SPEAKERS

Mass for all participants with the Bishops of their dioceses will be celebrated on Nov. 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Featured Speakers include Todd Whitaker, author and national presenter on teacher and principal effectiveness; and Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary and noted author, founder of Word on Fire evangelization ministry, including the nationally televised documentary series, Catholicism.

Please go to: www.oceaconvention.org for more information





"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


RESOURCES



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.

Care for Creation Calendar
available for download

Calendar Identifies and honors patron saints of God's creation

Basic Calendar (PDF)
Calendar with Interactive Links (PDF)
Calendar with QR Code (PDF)


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.




STATE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES




November 20, 2014:Ohio House Health Committee Passes out
HB 248: Heartbeat Bill

Catholic Conference of Ohio statement on Heartbeat Legislation



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

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).


November 20, 2014: Ohio House Passes HB 663 regarding Execution Drugs & Procedures

HB 663 seeks to provide confidentiality and license protection for persons and entities involved in executing a sentence of capital punishment by lethal injection and to void as against public policy any agreement that prevents the supplying of any drug or drugs to be used in lethal injection.

Catholic Conference Of Ohio testimony on HB 663



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. [MORE]


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

Catholic Conference Page on Death Penalty


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 starting March 20, 2015. Birth parents who wish to remain anonymous have until this date 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 now and March 20, 2015. Redaction requests must be submitted using this official government form. 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

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.


Click here to learn more


Prayer for Food for All

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.




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

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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