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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Readings and Psalms for October/ November

NEWS

Voting Information

205. I ask God to give us more politicians capable of sincere and effective dialogue aimed at healing the deepest roots – and not simply the appearances – of the evils in our world! Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good.[174]

We need to be convinced that charity “is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones)”.[175]

I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.

Why not turn to God and ask him to inspire their plans? I am firmly convinced that openness to the transcendent can bring about a new political and economic mindset which would help to break down the wall of separation between the economy and the common good of society.

Pope Francis, 2013, Evangelii Guaudium #205


Prayer Before an Election

Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.



Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and inhuman prison conditions

“It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor... All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty.” [MORE]


Ohio Catholic Rural Life Conference Issues Care for Creation Calendar

This colorful calendar identifies various patron saints of God’s creation, as well as a few public days associated with aspects of stewardship of the environment. It is intended for use in schools, parishes and families.

Various versions can be downloaded and reprinted for personal and educational purposes.

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





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 Ukrainian 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 2:00 pm 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 6:00 pm.

[MORE]

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


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.





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.

[MORE]


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

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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