Click the button above to call Congress. (Once your address is entered, a green icon of a phone will appear next to your representative and senators. Click the phone for a short script of what to say and the phone number to call.)
Last week, the House Committee on Appropriations voted to push through four of the most extreme pro-abortion bills EVER. The full House is expected to begin voting on these bills next week.
These bills take away the pro-life policies that:
protect taxpayers from having to pay for elective abortions, both here and overseas;
protect health care providers from being forced to perform abortions or refer for abortions against their beliefs;
protect employers and insurance companies from being forced to pay for abortion.
Don’t let our government make you pay for, or participate in, the taking of innocent human life. Call now (even if you already emailed)!
National Catholic Youth Conference Information from the Office of Youth and Young Adult-Steve Dabrowski
The Diocesan NCYC website is now updated with the latest information. As we are still awaiting final waivers and the NCYC online registration portal information from the NFCYM, the site will continue to be updated as these items become available; however, group leaders should visit the Dicoesan NCYC site to reserve your spots and download the youth and adult registration packets that will be used once the online registration portal is functional.
Since the NFCYM is late in proving key information, please be aware that a couple items may need to be updated:
The Diocesan Registration packets contain an updated version of the 2019 NFCYM Waiver. Should the NFCYM publish a substantially different waiver form later this summer, group leaders would need to have that form completed and signed by parents and adult participants instead of the form included in the packet. If this were to occur, only the NFCYM waiver would need to be replaced, the diocesan forms would remain the same.
The NFCYM has yet to issue registration or substitution (i.e., drop/add) deadlines. As such, these may change from those listed on the diocesan website should the NFCYM deadlines differ from previous years.
Group leaders should complete the Diocesan Reservation Form listed on the NCYC website in order to reserve spots for their group. The number of participants entered on this form is what will be used to pay the $100/participant deposit due before August 16th. Please be sure to fill out your group information as this is the only means we have of determining our diocesan group size.
Finally, the total cost per participant in 2021 will be $365. This is being subsidized by the Louise Becker Youth Endowment due to the fact that many families have been impacted by the pandemic and subsequent economic conditions. Individual need-based scholarships will still be available, but these should be limited to those with a serious financial need.
As always, please contact me with any questions. We look forward to being with you at NCYC this November.
A 300-word reflection is available on the first page of the August edition of Word of Life. Focusing on the Assumption, it’s suggested for use in your bulletin the weekend of August 14/15.
September 30th – October 3rd 2021
SAVE THE DATE! SOURCE + SUMMIT 2022 APRIL 1,2 & 3 Mater Dei High School
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!
Volunteers always Welcome(and needed)
Unveiled Marriage Preparation Retreat Facilitator Couples
2 Facilitator Couples needed
There are always 2 Facilitator Couples per retreat
Weekend food and lodging expenses are covered
The UNVEILED marriage preparation program is a clearly defined step by step process agenda.
Parish Level Sponsor Couples
Parish level sponsor couple programs are opportunities for parishes to wrap around and celebrate their young adults as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.
Natural Family Planning Presenter Couples: Married couples who are trained or are using Natural Family Planning are needed to tell their stories and impart the NFP message to High School students and engaged couples.
(NEW) Facilitators for Life Giving Wounds (Support for Adult Children of Divorce): This program is beginning in 2022. A group of 5 persons, who are themselves adult children of divorce, and a chaplain is needed to help bring other adult children of divorce the healing peace of Christ in their lives.
Preparation and Setup for the Respect Life Celebration in October: This may include creating a celebration atmosphere within the conference space, serving beverages, managing doors, etc.
Respect Life Coordinators are needed at certain parishes throughout the diocese.
(NEW) Steering Committee for Married Couple activities (lunches, speakers, TOT, date nights). A group of five persons preferred.
(NEW) Leaders from each of our four deaneries to work with the larger team to plan and implement the Love Ed program across the diocese.
(NEW) A diocesan team to evaluate the benefit of a diocesan wide prison ministry/jail outreach
One or two volunteers working specifically with the WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED initiative
Exploration committee (of 5 persons) to review the possibility of an annual diocesan Family Night
Steering/Planning Committee of 5 persons to coordinate an annual Peace in the Mourning Widow Retreat
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about any of the above or are interested in volunteering for any of these ministries