Office of Advocacy and Justice Updates

The whole human race suffers as a result of environmental blight, and generations yet unborn will bear the price for the failure to act today. USCCB, Renewing the Face of the Earth. 



The whole human race suffers as a result of environmental blight, and generations yet unborn will bear the price for the failure to act today. USCCB, Renewing the Face of the Earth. 

Helpers of God’s Most Precious Infants Mass and Rosary Procession
The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession will be held Saturday October 2, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs. Mass will begin at 8:00 AM and will be followed by the rosary at the nearby abortion clinic on Maitland Ave. Helpers’ Vigils are scheduled on the first Saturday of the month. See our web site for a full schedule: Please join us in praying for the protection of human life.  For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-246-4819; 

USCCB Labor Day Statement 
With millions unemployed and U.S. workers experiencing tragedies such as mining deaths in West Virginia and the oil rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Americans must seek to protect the life and dignity of each worker in a renewed and robust economy. Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has addressed some of these critical social concerns in the 2010 Labor Day Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), entitled “A New Social Contract for Today’s New Things”, which can be found online in English ( and Spanish (

Catholic Relief Services Pakistan Relief Efforts
The flooding in Pakistan is most distressing; however, one of the things we can do is pray for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan. As part of Catholic Relief Services U.S. Operations’ response to this emergency they have posted “
Prayers and Petitions for Pakistan” on the U.S. Partner Resources site’s Prayer and Discussion Resources page. 

Petitions for the Trapped Miners in Chile
For the workers trapped in the mines of Chile, that the Lord will bring them comfort and patience during the difficult relief efforts over the next few months. 

Word of Life Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs
This USCCB resource contains Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs for every Sunday Mass during the year. You may find items for September and October in English and Spanish at: Please forward this information to your parish liturgy coordinator as well as the person designated to create the bulletin. 

NEW RESOURCE! Step-by-Step Guide to Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis
Parish and school celebrations of the Feast of St. Francis (Monday, October 4) are nothing new.  But linking this celebration to the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor is new for many in the Catholic community. The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change and the Franciscan Action Network, a Coalition member, offer a ready-made list of resources and practical suggestions to help you organize your school or parish around the St. Francis Pledge.  You can
download this guide and all of the resources for your Feast of St. Francis Celebration here. Please visit and get started today!  

Creighton University Launches Alternative Energy Program
Creighton University, a Jesuit institution in Omaha, Nebraska, will offer a degree program in applied science in the College of Arts and Sciences to train leaders in renewable energy technologies to meet the future demand for alternative energy technology.  Wind turbines and solar panels are being installed to serve as a site for hands-on experience for students and provide energy for the Leid Education Center
Read more here.

Advocacy Efforts:

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act HR 5939
On July 29, Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 5939).

For many years Congress has supported the policy that federal tax dollars should not be used for elective abortions. Many provisions must be renewed in law each year as part of the various annual appropriations bills to maintain this policy. The Smith/Lipinski bill would establish this policy in permanent law in a consistent way. As of the date of this alert, the bill already has 167 total sponsors, enjoying strong bipartisan support. 

Action:  Please urge your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 5939 and be sure to thank Representatives Cliff Stearns, Bill Posey, Ginny Brown-waite and John Mica for co-sponsoring this legislation.  Click here for a copy of the Alert. For a current list of cosponsors, see:

In an August 20 letter to the House of Representatives, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged Representatives to support and co-sponsor H.R. 5939. “While Congress’s policy [on restricting funding for abortion] has been remarkably consistent for decades, implementation of that policy in practice has been piecemeal and sometimes sadly inadequate.” The Cardinal cited the recently passed health care reform law as an example of why H.R. 5939 is needed. For the full text of the Cardinal’s letter, see:

Aging Resources

Cool website – The website can help you find answers and help you deal with the stress of aging parents and elder care.

Impact of an Aging Population –The International City/County Management Association published a great article on aging.  Visit

Community Planning Toolkit – The Center for Civic Partnerships created “Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action” to help local governments find the resources they need to successfully plan for aging well in their communities. Visit

Health Reform – A National Council on Aging survey finds most seniors are still confused about important aspects of the new health reform law – including how it will affect their own Medicare coverage. For the study and more info, visit