In the Pastoral Plan for ProLife Activities the US Bishops write, “Parishes should include in the petitions at every Mass a prayer that ours will become a nation that respects and protects all human life, born and unborn, reflecting a true culture of life.” The USCCB provides a resource with Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs for every Sunday Mass during the year. You may find items for January and February (English/Spanish): http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/resources-for-the-eucharist/word-of-life/. Please forward this information to your parish liturgy coordinator as well as the person designated to create the bulletin.
Roe v Wade Prayer Resources
The 2011-2012 Respect Life Program includes a liturgy guide to assist parishes, especially on the anniversary of Roe v Wade on January 22. Click on the link for homily helps, prayers, and intercessions.
Events on the 38th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade
January 22 marks the 38th memorial date of the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which stripped away legal protection for the unborn. Over 55 million lives have been lost since 1974. Consider attending on the following events taking place around the diocese to remember this day.
- January 21: Liturgy of Reparation and Healing beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Church of Our Saviour in Cocoa Beach (5301 N. Atlantic Ave.). People of all faiths who have lost an unborn child or a child of any age are invited as well as those who wish to pray for an end to abortion. The Liturgy will include devotional followed by Mass. Please join us following the Mass in the new meeting room for refreshments and showing of The Gift of Life DVD, www.thegiftoflifemovie.com. For additional information contact: Claire, 784-0565.
- January 22: Spiritual Adoption at Holy Family Church in Orlando at all the Masses. All parishioners & visitors will be invited to Spiritually Adopt a baby conceived this month in danger of being aborted. The adoptive parent will pray daily for nine months for his/her child. The Spiritually Adopted baby will remain unknown to the adoptive parent but God knows who this child is and his/her intercessory prayers will save this child’s life.
- January 22: Pro-Life Rosary Walk hosted by St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Avalon Park beginning at 1:45 p.m. Let us join our hearts in prayer with those in Washington, D.C. Fr. David Scotchie, pastor, will join Respect Life Ministry to pray the Rosary for Life on Sunday, Jan. 22nd as attendees walk around Avalon Lake (the lake at the front of Avalon Park). Attendees will gather at 1:45 p.m. on the corner across from Avalon Parks (at the intersection of Avalon Park West Blvd. and Avalon Lake Dr.). Rosaries and Pro-Life Rosary prayer guides will be available.
Does your parish have an event to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRS’ Operation Rice Bowl is a great resource to help parishes provide faith formation activities that can be used in both community events and by families in the home! All materials are available in both English and Spanish. We are asking you to make an extra effort this year to reach out to the Hispanic Catholic community and invite them to use this great program in their Lenten practice. Materials in Spanish can be downloaded at this website.
Statement from Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA, Regarding Proposed Regulation from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
“Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a proposed regulation that will permit spouses and children of U.S. citizens who are living in this country illegally to apply for a provisional waiver before being deported that would lead to a consular interview and possible VISA. This is an important first step by the Administration and affirms the fundamental value of family and addresses the plight of hardworking families who become separated as a result of current immigration policies.
“Our nation’s immigration policies impact millions of people who are seeking to build a better life in this country. We applaud this change in regulations. At the same time, we urge the Administration and Congress to continue to work towards fair and just comprehensive immigration reform policies that place a higher value on families by keeping them intact in this country together.
“The position of Catholic Charities USA is based on more than 100 years of experience in aiding and employing immigrants. Each year, Catholic Charities agencies help more than half a million immigrants and refugees with legal services, language instruction, job training and placement, and social services. Our agencies are witnesses to the hard work and strong family life of newcomers who are trying to succeed in their adopted country.”
On January 12, 2010, it took only 36 seconds to forever change the lives of millions of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. As we mark the second anniversary of that terrible day, CRS wants to thank you for your overwhelming generosity, prayers and compassion, and send you an update of what you’ve made possible through your charitable support.
Thanks to your generosity, CRS and their partners have been able to:
- Provide food to more than 1 million people
- Construct more than 10,600 transitional shelters
- Reunite more than 500 unaccompanied children with their families
- Perform almost a thousand emergency surgeries
- Install more than 1,300 latrines, wash stations and water tanks
Even though there has been tremendous progress during the last 2 years, there is still more to do to complete CRS’s 5-year recovery plan. Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti as they build for a brighter future.
The Farm Bill is our opportunity to shape the health, equity, and long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the U.S. farm and food system. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is launching their 2012 Farm Bill Campaign as Congress returns to session later this month. NCRLC is a long-time member of this Coalition and will once again take an active role in advocating for a fair and just Farm Bill.
If we have learned anything over the last several farm bill campaigns, it is that with coordinated grassroots participation and effective D.C. representation by Coalition members, we can make change happen. NCRLC will regularly update our website in respect to key Farm Bill areas.
A recently updated, 8-week JustMatters module on “Living Solidarity: Government, the Federal Budget and the Common Good” engages the question, “What kind of society do we wish to become?” It explores how people of faith can act responsibly for themselves and for the common good by bringing their values to the table. As Catholic social teaching emphasizes, the budget is a moral document.
Learn more about this JustFaith module. Being informed about and engaged with these issues is part of our responsibility as citizens and as people of faith.
Celebrate Poverty Awareness Month
Because compassion for those who are poor and vulnerable was a central part of Jesus’ mission, the USCCB’s PovertyUSA Campaign seeks to broaden the general understanding of and concern for people living in poverty in America. The Campaign strives to engage as many people as possible in our shared responsibility to care for those who are in need. Help shed light on the seriousness of poverty in America and find ways to do something about it by joining the Poverty Awareness Facebook Event in January. Click on this link and join today!
Contest: How Are You Raising Awareness About Poverty?
As part of Poverty Awareness month, the USCCB is hosting a contest beginning Monday January 16, 2012! Simply tell us what you are doing to raise awareness about the reality of poverty in America! We encourage you to be creative and original. “Like” the Poverty USA Facebook Page, then post your idea, image, or video on the Poverty Awareness Facebook Event page and encourage your friends to “like” your post! Whoever the public thinks has the most interesting and effective ideas to create awareness about domestic poverty will win a nicely framed Sister Corita Paul VI quote print. The winner will be announced February 1, 2012.
Multi-Media Youth Contest
Encourage schools and parishes in your diocese to participate in the Multi-Media Youth Contest! The contest (deadline March 31, 2012) is sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and can help parishes and schools educate young people about the causes of poverty and our Catholic response. After the young people learn about poverty, they become educators themselves through video, essay, drawing, music, dance, or any other art form, to communicate what they have learned. Visit the 2012 Multi-Media Youth Contest Page and encourage parishes, schools and others in your diocese to use this contest as a poverty-awareness tool. The Orlando Diocese deadline is March 1.
Webcast on Peace in the Holy Land
Join USCCB and Catholic Relief Services for a webcast on “A New Year and a New Hope for Peace in the Holy Land: Pursuing Peace Following the Arab Spring,” on January 25, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern standard time. The webcast will provide an update on how the Church is working to support our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land on the ground and through advocacy in the wake of the Arab Spring; a discussion of policy recommendations, and how Catholics in the U.S. can get involved through Catholics Confront Global Poverty. RSVP now.
Study Guide on the 2012 Hunger Report
One of our partners, Bread for the World, has created a study guide to help Christian groups explore the 2012 Hunger Report. The study guide, entitled “Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies,” features six small-group sessions designed to facilitate discussion and action based on the contents of the Hunger Report. Each session includes a biblical reflection and questions, a summary of the report’s themes, discussion questions, activities, and an invitation to pray and act.
New Medicaid Website:
www.medicaid.gov is the new website for the Center for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Free Credit Report :
www.AnnualCreditReport.com is the ONLY authorized source for the free annual credit report that’s yours by law. The Fair Credit Reporting Act guarantees you access to your credit report for free from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies – Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion – every 12 months.
New Census Brief :
The 65+ population represents a higher percent of the U.S. population than ever before. For more info, click here.
Aging in Place Report :
Most older adults want to age in place in their own homes or communities. This report examines needed state policies, including integrating land use, housing and transportation; efficiently delivering services in the home; providing more transportation choices, particularly for older adults who no longer drive; and improving affordable, accessible housing to prevent social isolation. For info, click here.