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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Readings and Psalms for August


July 28, 2014: 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

Most Reverend Robert W. Donnelly Dies at Age 83

Auxiliary Bishop of Toledo 1984- 2006

On Monday July 21, 2014, the Most Reverend Robert W. Donnelly, serving as the third auxiliary bishop of Toledo from 1984 to 2006, died in his home at the age of 83.

Bishop Donnelly was known for his gentleness and humility. He is remembered fondly as a caring and wise man, a wonderful shepherd. [MORE]

Visitation and Vigil Service

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
2535 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo, OH, 43610

Monday, July 28, 2014
Visitation 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.

Visitation and Funeral Mass

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Visitation 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Rosary – 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Mass – 12 Noon

Committal: Resurrection Cemetery, Toledo


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


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



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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