Office of Advocacy and Justice Updates

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Advocacy Efforts

               Action Alert! Famine Grips East Africa, Floods Ravage South Asia

Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession

New Resources from the Catholic Health Association

New Roman Missal Training for Sign Language Interpreters

Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat

Stewards of the Earth

Cabrini College Promotes the St. Francis Pledge

Churches Take to the Streets to Press for Coalition Action on Climate Change

The Fact of Global Warming

Outreach to Hispanic Community in Florida Promotes St. Francis Pledge

St. Francis Pledge Shared on Feast of St. Francis Throughout California

Time to End Hunger: World Food Day, Sunday October 16

              

Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession

The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church (5125 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando) on Saturday, November 5 beginning with Mass at 8:30 a.m. Following Mass we will drive to the nearby abortion facility on Tampa Avenue to pray the rosary. Please join us in praying for the protection of human life. For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-246-4819; advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org.

 

New Roman Missal Training for Sign Language Interpreters

We will pray using the New Roman Missal during the celebration of Mass beginning with the start of our new liturgical year, the first Sunday of Advent. A training for Sign Language interpreters will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Orlando on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m.  Come ready to discuss and learn ways to accurately interpret these new translations. Fr. Leo Hodges will be our presenter. All are welcome to attend. Click here to download the flyer. RSVP to eclayton@orlandodiocese.org or call 407-246-4819.

 

Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat will be held November 18-20 at San Pedro Center in Winter Park.  If you have been affected by abortion and need healing, community and the love of God, this retreat is for you.  This confidential retreat offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where women and men find healing and reconciliation for the most painful experience of abortion.  For more information or to register, please contact Karen Reilly at 321.662.5097 or email karenreilly57@gmail.com.  You may also visit www.rachelsvineyard.org for information about Rachel’s Vineyard. 

 

Stewards of the Earth

 

St. Francis Pledge Shared on Feast of St. Francis Throughout California

To highlight the Feast of St. Francis, the California Catholic Conference – the public policy arm of the state’s bishops – shared several Creation care efforts in parishes and dioceses throughout California.  The Conference observes that St. Francis exemplified respect for the interconnectedness and sacredness of all life in God’s creation.  He perceived creation as a gift reverenced by stewardship, not controlled as a possession.  His feast day on October 4 reminds us care for creation is not just a slogan, but a precept of our faith with moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored. 

Read the entire story here.

 

New Resources from the Catholic Health Association

The Catholic Health Association of the United States has developed five concise and on-demand educational PowerPoint presentations for use in Catholic health care. Developed in collaboration with Practice Greenhealth and the Coalition, the presentations include:

  • Mission and the Environment, with Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, Ph.D., of CHA.
  • Leadership Engagement, with Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, of Catholic Health Initiatives (coming soon).
  • Getting Started, with Julie Trocchio of CHA.
  • Creating Dashboards, with Janet Brown of Practice Greenhealth (coming soon).
  • The Catholic Climate Covenant — How Health Care is an Essential Partner, with Dan Misleh of CCCC (coming soon).

In addition, please take advantage of other prayers and reflections created as part of CHA’s Faithfully Healing the Earth initiative:

  • Video reflection — The Feast of St. Francis (2:47 .wmv).
  • The Canticle of the Sun prayer (.pdf).
  • St. Francis Canticle of the Creatures video reflection.
  • Prayer for Sustainability of Our Earth — Providence Health & Services (.pdf).
  • Learn more at the CHA Feast of St. Francis Page.

 

Cabrini College Promotes the St. Francis Pledge

Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Cabrini College reports that: This semester, the Green Team at Cabrini College has formed a St. Francis Pledge Committee to encourage students, staff, and faculty to take the Pledge, and to provide programming on campus to help us all live out our commitment to Pray, Learn, Assess, Act, and Advocate.  We feel that the five steps of the pledge fit perfectly with Cabrini’s mission and our dedication to social justice.

As part of its effort to promote the St. Francis Pledge at Cabrini College, the Committee used the Feast of St. Francis as a special opportunity to encourage members of the College community to take the Pledge and register their commitments at http://catholicclimatecovenant.org.  In a record-setting day of Pledge signups, the Committee was able to inspire 23 members of the Cabrini College community to register their Pledge commitments on the Feast of St. Francis!  Learn more about the mission-based sustainability efforts at Cabrini College.

 

Outreach to Hispanic Community in Florida Promotes St. Francis Pledge

Nelson Araque has been assisting the Coalition with outreach to the Hispanic Catholic Community.  On the Feast of St. Francis, US Hispanic Ministry posted his article on the St. Francis Pledge and the role of the Coalition’s Ambassadors.

Read more here.  To schedule an Ambassador see the list on the Ambassador webpage.

 

The Fact of Global Warming

In a challenging article titled Global Temps Spiking Faster Than Nature Can Adapt, Catholic Online says, Although some people still refuse to accept it, global warming is a fact. All national science academies of all the major industrialized nations of the world unanimously agree that global warming is taking place. The article continues by saying that these scientists have noticed a sharper than normal increase in global temperatures over the past century, and they believe unequivocally that this is the result of human activity.

While acknowledging disagreement among scientists and policy makers about solutions, the article concludes that [o]ne thing is certain however. Unless people come together and acknowledge the reality of global warming and agree on solutions, we will continue to see the deaths of forests, animals, and the spread of deserts, and disease. Much of the world will also see lengthier droughts. All of these things will shorten life spans, diminish resources, and a lead to a higher mortality rate around the world, even in the U.S. Read the entire article here.

 

Churches Take to the Streets to Press for Coalition Action on Climate Change

The British-based Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and other Christian aid agencies in Great Britain are sending a message to delegates to the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Durban, South Africa this fall.  The effort was part of CAFOD’s Don’t Drop the Ball initiative.

With the Tearfund and Christian Aid, CAFOD is urging the world to remember that climate change is already placing additional burdens on the poorest of our global brothers and sisters and that the international community must act with this in mind.  Read more here.

 

Time to End Hunger: World Food Day, Sunday October 16

We also wish to remind our network that October is a time to remember those who suffer persistent hunger. It is also time to end the causes of hunger and correct the economic system that leads to poverty and hunger.  Please take a moment to visit the websites and resources of these national initiatives:

National Food Day, October 24

Fighting Poverty with Faith

 

Advocacy Efforts

Action Alert! Famine Grips East Africa, Floods Ravage South Asia

Urge Congress, Administration not to abandon our brothers and sisters now!

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Send your message to President Obama and your members of Congress now!

What’s the issue? Your Catholic faith teaches you to protect people who are hungry, thirsty, seeking refuge and care. Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and makes communities facing natural disasters more resilient, such as those in East Africa and South Asia, makes up less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget. However, Congress is considering proposals right now that would drastically cut assistance to people in dire need. While our nation’s leaders must address unsustainable deficits, please speak up now in support of poverty-focused international assistance so that life-changing and life-saving interventions can continue to help our brothers and sisters who need it most. 12 million people in East Africa who are facing malnutrition and starvation right now are relying on your voice and our nation’s leadership to save their lives.

Why now? Congress and the President are now negotiating and making decisions about final funding levels for the FY 2012 federal budget, which began on October 1 and how to deal with our nation’s deficits in the long-term. Your action is particularly important now because the funding levels for FY 2012 will become the template for decisions about how much the U.S. invests in life-saving poverty-focused assistance for the next decade. Poverty-focused international assistance doesn’t have a large, vocal constituency unless you speak up now. Don’t make this lifesaving assistance one of the easiest areas for your elected officials to cut in the federal budget even though it’s less than 1% of the budget.

Will my one action make a difference? Yes! Your voice made a difference earlier this year when we limited cuts to these life-saving accounts. Congress and the President respond to the input of their constituents. Your voice, along with many others in support of our brothers and sisters around the world, can and will protect poverty-focused international assistance.

What do you want me to do? Contact President Obama and your members of Congress now and urge them to preserve life-saving, poverty-focused international assistance in the upcoming deficit reduction negotiations and the FY 2012 appropriations process.

What Else Can I Do?

  • E-mail your friends and family members and ask them to contact President Obama and Congress.
  • Spread the word via Twitter View sample posts here.
  • Spread the word via Facebook by posting a message on your Facebook page. View sample posts here.
  • Visit your members of Congress’ local office to talk about these issues. Call your CRS regional office for assistance.