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Monday, July 21, 2014

Readings and Psalms for July



Life Issues Forum: Much Ado about Hobby Lobby

June 30, 2014: Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby

Americans can follow faith in running closely held businesses
Court leaves open whether ‘accommodation’ violates RFRA

USCCB Statement

Supreme Court Decision

Catholic Conference Page on Religious Liberty

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


Mid biennium budget bill bodes well for Catholic schools and students

A number of issues helpful to Catholic schools and students were signed into law [MORE]

Am Sub HB 130 Passes the General Assembly.

HB 130- the End Demand Act- adds further protections for victims of human trafficking

Catholic Conference Page on Human Trafficking

Judge orders temporary moratorium on Ohio executions

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 July 2 execution of Ronald Phillips of Summit County and the Aug. 6 execution of William Montgomery of Lucas County. Two other executions scheduled later in the year are not affected for the time being, but Frost left his order open-ended.

Frost said an execution can be scheduled no earlier than Aug. 15. [MORE]

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

Catholic Conference Page on Death Penalty

Governor Kasich signs SB 310 : Alternative Energy Changes

Ohio law requires electric distribution utilities and electric services companies to secure a portion of their electricity supplies from alternative energy resources.  By the year 2025, 25 percent of the electricity sold by each utility or electric services company within Ohio were to be generated from alternative energy sources.

Among other provisions, SB 310 freezes these benchmarks for two years at the current 2014 levels, and establishes a study committee to review the appropriateness of such mandates.

May 28, 2014: Ohio House Passes SB 310 by a vote of 55-42

May 8, 2014: Ohio Senate passes SB 310 regarding Ohio energy standards [More]

May 5, 2014: Ohio Bishops Offer Reflections regarding current legislative debate on alternative energy

Ohio Catholic Bishops Reflections regarding SB 310: Ohio's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards

Catholic Conference Page on Care of Creation

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


A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio’s children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! 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.

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.

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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



May 28, 2014: Federal Judge issues a temporary moratorium on the executions of Ronald Phillips and William Montgomery

Ronald R. Phillips, Summit County, has been rescheduled for execution on July 2, 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, is scheduled for execution on August 6, 2014 for the deaths of Debra Ogle and Cynthia Tincher.

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

Gregory Lott, Cuyahoga County, is 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, is 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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