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2021-08-03 USCCB Upcoming August Events

Upcoming Events

August 2021

The Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6, 2021

The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord honors when the apostles get their first real glimpse of Jesus in his ultimate glory. Use this resource to help teach about the feast day and reflect on the Gospel.

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15, 2021

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the Church celebrates every year on August 15.

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Respect Life Month in the Classroom

October 2021

As we prepare for the start of a new school year, Respect Life Month is just around the corner!
You can download or order the poster and prayer card. Additional digital materials are also available for use in educational settings.

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2021 Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa

The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa is an opportunity for you to support the faith of our African brothers and sisters.

Collection resources, including social media posts and bulletin inserts are available for parish use.

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2021-07-29 Priest and Deacon August 2021 Edition Family & Life Monthly e-News

OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS

August 2021

PRIEST & DEACON EDITION

IN-PERSON MARRIAGE PREP RETREAT:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
CATHOLIC CENTER IN EVANSVILLE.
ONE DAY RETREAT.

ENGAGED COUPLES CAN GO HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:  http://www.evdio.org/marriage-preparation.html

NOTES:

  • 2022 FEBRUARY AND APRIL RETREAT DATES ARE SET and can be accessed at the above link.

  • THE ONLINE UNVEILED RESOURCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH THE END OF 2021

THE TRUTH ABOUT NFP

IS BACK TO IN-PERSON

REQUIRED FOR MARRIAGE PREPARATION IN THE DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE

A FREE, 45 minute Introduction to Catholic teaching on fertility and Natural Family Planning models
* Denotes presentation offered within Unveiled Marriage Prep retreat

  1. August 15, 2021 (Vincennes)
  2. September 26, 2021 (Evansville)
  3. October 17, 2021 (Jasper)
  4. November 7, 2021 (TBD)
  5. December 19, 2021 (Vincennes)

Holy Family Center for Life Fertility Care Center
918 W. Mill Rd., Evansville, IN.  47705

812-421-2030 |  HFCLsignup@gmail.com

FALL EVENTS
OFFICE OF FAMILY& LIFE WORKSHOP RECORDINGS
FINAL 2021 OFL WORKSHOP for
PRIESTS, DEACONS, PARISH LEADERSHIP

VIA ZOOM

____________________________________________
MINISTERING TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ABORTION
Time:  1 HOUR
Fall 2021

It’s time to make Congressional phones ring off the hook!
CLICK TO CALL CONGRESS
Can you spare 30 seconds for unborn babies?

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.

-Steve

August 2021: Word of Life
The August 2021 edition of Word of Life is available in English and Spanish.

Previous issues are available at respectlife.org/word-of-life-archive.

August 2021 Edition
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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.” 

                                                Luke 23:46

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 egirten@evdio.org if you have questions about any of the above or are interested in volunteering for any of these ministries
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2021-07-16 Constant Contact Update

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We hope you are enjoying your summer.
NEW DAILY MASS SCHEDULE…
Monday at 7:40 AM
Tuesday: Adoration 4:30 PM, Mass 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 7:40 AM
Thursday: 7:40 AM
Saturday: 4:30 PM
Sunday: 7:30 AM & 10:30 AM
Please consider signing up for We Share, our online giving program. We are all busy, this program allows you to continue your Sunday giving regardless of how busy you are. No longer worry about forgetting your envelope when you come to Mass or if you travel your contributions stay the same. YOU are in control of the amount and the frequency of your donation. We thank those who have signed up, and we encourage all to sign up. If you have any questions about We Share, please call the Parish Office. We would be happy to answer any questions or help you sign up.
Thank you in advance for your donations.
***PARENT INFORMATION SESSION***
YOU DESERVE IT
Join us! My School Options will be hosting a Parent Information Session at Good Shepherd School to discuss the opportunities available to Hoosier Families. Because of new legislation, many Hoosier households may quality for the state’s school choice programs.
Join us to learn more and find a new options for your child’s K-12 education. Whether you are looking for a new school or find out of you qualify, all are welcome.
***This is information for everyone!***
Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00 PM CST
THE FALL FESTIVAL WILL BE BACK THIS YEAR!
October 4 – 9, 2021
We will once again be having our food booth supporting our sister parish in Haiti. Please save the dates and we encourage you to work. This is a great way to volunteer and meet new people. Please join us for making our munchen rolls on Sept 20 & 23 5:00-7:30 PM in Parish Hall. Save the dates, we will need many people to work at booth that week.
All proceeds will be sent to our sister parish, St. Rose of Lima in Pilate, Haiti.
Ministry Fair August 28 and 29
Looking for a way to give your time and talent? The ministry fair will be held after all Masses. Would you like to be a lector or Eucharistic minister? Would you like to help with Bereavement meals or Children’s ministry?
We encourage all to be involved at Good Shepherd.
Here are a few groups you could sign up for:
  • Children’s liturgy
  • RCIA
  • Religious education
  • Choir
  • Lector
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • Bereavement Meal team
  • Church environment group
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Bingo
  • Hospitality
  • Shepherd’s Hook
  • and several more.
Please prayerfully consider getting involved.
Please check our website daily for updates.
Thank you in advance for your donations.
Weekly Bulletins are available on our website.
SOON, VERY SOON…..
We will once again be selling scrip after weekend Masses.
We will continue to sell scrip at the parish office during office hours. This is a great fundraiser for our church and school, with no effort! Use scrip cards to buy your school supplies, or college dorm items. Email Connie S. if you wish to sign up for the electronic version or reload your cards. kcsermie@gmail.com
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2021-07-13 USCCB Resources for August

August 2021

 

This Month in Ministry resources are provided free for use in building your parish ministry.

Print them out, link them on your website, highlight them on your social media channels, and include them in your newsletters.

We encourage you to share them widely!

Materials may be printed in whole or in part and distributed for free within your diocese or parish. The text may not be altered in any way prior to distribution.

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2021-07-07 GSCS Parent Information Session

Dear Good Shepherd Catholic School Community,

Good afternoon!

Good Shepherd will be hosting a parent information session on Wednesday, July 21 at 6 p.m. regarding the new school choice expansion.  This expansion includes students entering Kindergarten through grade 12 during the 2021-2022 school year.  This meeting is for current and prospective families.  You are welcomed and encouraged to attend to learn more about this wonderful opportunity for Hoosier families.  Please help spread the word.

Feel free to reach with any questions.

School Choice Information Meeting.pdf

God bless,

Mrs. Kristen Girten

2021-07-01 Family & Life Monthly eNews July 2021 Priest and Deacon Edition

“Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.” —Samuel Adams, Speech on August 1, 1776.
OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS

July 2021

PRIEST & DEACON EDITION

Claudio Coello

“…beloved sons, you who are priests, you who in virtue of your sacred office act as counselors and spiritual leaders both of individual men and women and of families—We turn to you filled with great confidence. For it is your principal duty…to spell out clearly and completely the Church’s teaching on marriage” (Humanae vitae, 28).

Catholics (young and old) joining (and abandoning) the Church may (or may not) be a topic of interest for some.  Personally, I think about it often since it speaks to Christ’s command to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature” (Mk. 16:15). The below podcast/dialogue between Jordan Peterson and Bishop Robert Barron is an interesting discussion between two varying perspectives delivered through honest and civil discourse.  Not only does the content strike me but also the manner in which it is presented.  I cannot help but think that there are lessons to be learned from it as we repair our nets and set out into deep waters.

There are several time stamps I marked in my notes and I will note them here (please note the titles given are mine, not the podcast)…14:00 (Religious and Scientific traditions); 29:00 (Faith beyond Reason, not in spite of…); 34:00 (Identity within the greater reality of God, not self); 42:00 (Experiential Limits and Encountering God); 57:00 (Discussion of Jesus); 1:06/1:07 (The Ideal…to become like God.  The Catholic Adventure demands everything and this is not understood or discussed); 1:09 (Responsibility vs. happiness):1:10 (Where is the heroism or the Call?)(Are we (we are) asking to LITTLE of ourselves?); 1:13/1:14 (The Good News and Worship, Evangelization, and Serving the Poor); 1:29 (Don’t Dumb it Down!  Make a Compelling Argument to bring people back.  People want to be intellectually engaged)

THE NEXT UNVEILED IN-PERSON MARRIAGE PREP RETREAT IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT THE CATHOLIC CENTER IN EVANSVILLE.

THIS WILL BE A ONE DAY RETREAT.  ENGAGED COUPLES CAN GO HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:   http://www.evdio.org/marriage-preparation.html

​NOTES:

2022 February and April Retreat dates are set and can be accessed at the above link.

THE ONLINE UNVEILED RESOURCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE END OF 2021

THE TRUTH ABOUT NFP is back to In-Person
(required for marriage prep in Diocese of Evansville)

​A FREE, 1-hour Introduction to Catholic teaching on fertility and Natural Family Planning models
* Denotes presentation offered within Unveiled Marriage Prep retreat

  1. July 18, 2021 (Evansville)
  2. August 15, 2021 (Vincennes)
  3. September 26, 2021 (Evansville)*
  4. October 17, 2021 (Jasper)
  5. November 7, 2021 (TBD)
  6. December 19, 2021 (Vincennes)

Holy Family Center for Life Fertility Care Center
918 W. Mill Rd., Evansville, IN.  47705

812-421-2030 |  HFCLsignup@gmail.com

OFFICE OF FAMILY& LIFE WORKSHOP RECORDINGS
FINAL 2021 OFL WORKSHOP for
PRIESTS, DEACONS, PARISH LEADERSHIP

VIA ZOOM

____________________________________________
MINISTERING TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ABORTION
Time:  1 HOUR
Fall 2021

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

Topics

Preaching on Human Sexuality, Marriage, and NFP

Bulletin Aides

Clergy Education Programs

https://www.usccb.org/resources/2021%20NFP%20Week%20Homily%20Notes%20Cahall.pdf

Tell Senators to oppose the Equality Act!
The Senate may vote soon on the Equality Act. The Equality Act sneaks in an abortion mandate and would punish church-run charities.

 

Urge your senators to oppose the Equality Act! 

We Preach Love! Why Do Some Hate Us?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

When people attack religion, faith, the churches, mosques, synagogues, or, worse, persons, our entire culture, society, and common good are weakened and threatened. Read more.
JULY 2021 WORD OF LIFE
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July 2021: Word of Life
The July 2021 edition of Word of Life is available in English and will be posted shortly in Spanish on the same page.

Previous issues are available at respectlife.org/word-of-life-archive.

July 2021 Edition
Stop Taxpayer-Funded Abortion
It is critically important for a massive number of people to contact Congress against taxpayer-funded abortion before it votes on it during the second half of July.

Please consider using these graphics and sample text in your bulletins, newsletters, etc.

More tools: www.respectlife.org/no-taxpayer-abortion

In Other News

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/grooming-preschoolers

https://www.ncregister.com/news/as-arizona-prepares-to-use-gas-chamber-again-bishops-decry-death-penalty

https://www.osvnews.com/2021/05/28/in-addressing-eucharistic-coherence-bishops-aim-to-tackle-a-problem-that-is-bigger-than-joe-biden/

https://www.ncregister.com/news/biggest-case-on-abortion-in-30-years

https://www.ncregister.com/news/tulsa-race-massacre-reflections-on-the-role-the-cathedral-played-then-and-now

https://youtu.be/L0Tckg686L4

https://www.ncregister.com/news/notre-dame-university-website-celebrates-pride-month

https://www.ncregister.com/cna/pro-life-leaders-warn-of-egregious-new-pro-abortion-bill

https://youtu.be/0ILPgR-aLo4

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248000/record-number-of-abortions-recorded-in-england-and-wales-in-2020

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-catholic-foster-agency-ruling-religious-liberty

https://www.ncregister.com/cna/coalition-of-state-attorneys-general-ask-congress-to-restore-hyde-amendment

https://www.ncregister.com/features/foster-parents-answer-the-call-to-care-for-god-s-precious-children

https://www.ncregister.com/cna/former-patient-speaks-out-gender-transition-regret-deserves-a-voice

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248206/canadian-police-investigate-two-more-suspicious-fires-at-catholic-churches

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OFFICE OF FAMILY/LIFE
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http://www.evdio.org/
THE MESSAGE
http://www.themessageonline.org/

2021-05-26 Family & Life Monthly eNews June 2021 Priest and Deacon Edition

OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE eNEWS

June 2021

PRIEST & DEACON EDITION

Caravaggio
Do you have families in your parish who are called by God to foster children or adopt?
CREATE A FOSTER-CARE NETWORK IN YOUR PARISH
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP JOSEPH SIEGEL REGARDING FOSTER CARE
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nfe9v1MpJTuSU8Zo8P4DKIM8zV6qcKqj/view?usp=sharing
WATCH THE APRIL FOSTER CARE WORKSHOP RECORDING HERE:
WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES
PRIESTS, DEACONS, PARISH LEADERSHIP

OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE 2021
VIA ZOOM

____________________________________________
Topic 2:  NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING & the HOLY FAMILY CENTER FOR LIFE
THURSDAY, JUNE 17
10:00 AM CT
SPEAKERS:  MEMBERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY CENTER FOR LIFE
ZOOM LINK WILL BE SENT ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THIS EVENT
____________________________________________
Topic 3:  MINISTERING TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ABORTION
Time:  1 HOUR
Fall 2021

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
PRIESTS AND DEACONS

OFFICE OF FAMILY & LIFE 2021

Topic 1:  St. Joseph, the Holy Family, and Today’s Catholic Family
Time:  1-2 hours
One-Two speakers:  Any combination of priest/deacon
When:  Between July and October
Target Audience:  Married and Engaged Couples
Where:  TBD
____________________________________________
Topic 2:  Amoris Laetitia:  Lessons for the Catholic Family
Time:  1-2 hours
One-Two speakers:  Any combination of priest/deacon
When:  Between August and November
Target Audience:  Married and Engaged Couples
Where:  TBD
____________________________________________
Topic 3:  The Authentic Catholic Man
Time:  1-2 hours
One-Two speakers:  Any combination of priest/deacon
When:  Between September and December
Target Audience:  Catholic Men of various ages
Where:  TBD

IF INTERESTED, CONTACT ERIC AT EGIRTEN@EVDIO.ORG AND THE OFFICE OF FAMILY AND LIFE WILL COORDINATE DETAILS OF THE EVENT

THE TRUTH ABOUT NFP is back to In-Person
(required for marriage prep in Diocese of Evansville)

A FREE, 1-hour Introduction to Catholic teaching on fertility and Natural Family Planning models
* Denotes presentation offered within Unveiled Marriage Prep retreat

  1. June 13, 2021 (Jasper)
  2. July 18, 2021 (Evansville)
  3. August 15, 2021 (Vincennes)
  4. September 26, 2021 (Evansville)*
  5. October 17, 2021 (Jasper)
  6. November 7, 2021 (TBD)
  7. December 19, 2021 (Vincennes)

Holy Family Center for Life Fertility Care Center
918 W. Mill Rd., Evansville, IN.  47705

812-421-2030 |  HFCLsignup@gmail.com
holyfamilycenterforlife.com

THE NEXT UNVEILED IN-PERSON MARRIAGE PREP RETREAT IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT THE CATHOLIC CENTER IN EVANSVILLE.  THIS WILL BE A ONE DAY RETREAT.  ENGAGED COUPLES CAN GO HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:   http://www.evdio.org/marriage-preparation.html

NOTE:  THE ONLINE UNVEILED RESOURCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE END OF 2021

HEROIC DISCIPLESHIP SUMMIT THIS WEEK!

REGISTER TODAY
It is time to take discipleship seriously. Following Jesus Christ is so much more than attending Sunday services and making a weekly donation. Jesus modeled an active lifestyle that we are called to imitate.

If you are ready to activate your relationship with Jesus Christ and take your faith to the next level, then join us with Jeff Cavins, Fr. Michael Nixon and Tim Glemkowski as they break down what it means to be an activated disciple and strategies that you can start implementing now to be a heroic disciple of Jesus Christ.

First Friday Virtual Prayer Vigils:
Catholic Mobilizing Network

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About the Vigils

On the First Friday of each month, Catholic Mobilizing Network holds a Virtual Prayer Vigil to lament upcoming executions and bear witness to the inviolable dignity of all human life.

These virtual spaces offer a place to pray together as a faith community in response to the injustice of the death penalty. They include time for guided prayer, petitions, Scripture reflections, and contemplative silence. The vigils feature the voices of Catholic bishops, Church leaders, and allies across the death penalty abolition movement.  https://catholicsmobilizing.org/first-friday-vigils

The Visitation, Father’s Day, and more…
– May 24, 2021 – Volume 56
WEBINAR RECORDING: NO TAXPAYER ABORTION
In the recording of this parish-oriented webinar, USCCB staff explain the threat of taxpayer-funded abortion and how individual Catholics can help their parishes take action to stop it. Please share!
ABORTION, THE BISHOPS, AND EUCHARISTIC COHERENCE
As you may know, at their meeting next month, the bishops are expected to discuss a proposed document on “Eucharistic coherence,” or the worthy reception of Holy Communion by Catholics. In particular focus are those Catholics in public life who advocate for expanded access to abortion. This article includes what several bishops have said on the subject, including our chairman, Archbishop Naumann.
FEAST OF THE VISITATION: MAY 31
On Monday, May 31, we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Be sure you’re following us on social media so you can share our Visitation posts, which will go up at 9:00 AM (EST). (Instagram | Facebook | Twitter)
FIRST WEEK OF JUNE: NO TAXPAYER ABORTION
Please use the following sample announcement in parish bulletins, newsletters, pulpit announcements, ministry updates, and any way you can the first week of June.: “Stop your tax dollars from going to abortion. www.notaxpayerabortion.com” (Other materials are also available to assist your efforts.)
FATHER’S DAY ACTIVITY
This activity can be facilitated as a parish activity or as an at-home family activity. Promotional graphics can be found under “Supplementary Resources” in the Father’s Day section of respectlife.org/action-guides.
WEBINAR RECORDING: FATHER’S DAY ACTION GUIDE
The recording of this introductory webinar explains the resources available to honor fathers and highlight their importance in building a culture of life. Please feel free to share it.
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WEEK

Solidarity in Freedom takes place from June 22 to 29. The Week begins with the Feast of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, ends with the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, and includes the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist.  

The attached summary can be used for promotional pieces in diocesan papers and other outlets. The Religious Freedom Week logo is available for download.

During Religious Freedom Week, Catholics are encouraged to pray and act each day for religious freedom. The Pray-Reflect-Act series aims to help Catholics build solidarity with people of faith who are persecuted abroad and find strength to carry out the mission of the Church here in the United States. Graphics with the prayer intention for each day of Religious Freedom Week are available for downloadLectionary notes for Sunday, June 27 are also available. Please share these materials through your channels where appropriate.

Spanish materials are being prepared and will appear on the website as soon as they are available. Please check www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek for updates in the coming weeks. All materials except the talking points are available on the website. Any diocesan staff with questions about Religious Freedom Week should contact Dan Balserak (dbalserak@usccb.org) or Aaron Weldon (aweldon@usccb.org).

Thank you again for your support for Religious Freedom Week and for your united voices in the promotion and defense of religious freedom!

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court agreed to take up an abortion case that addresses the constitutionality of a 15-week abortion ban passed into law in Mississippi.

The Mississippi statute prohibits abortion if the age of the unborn child, as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual cycle, is greater than 15 weeks.1 There is an exception for severe fetal abnormality and “medical emergency.”2 The statute defines “medical emergency” as “a condition in which, on the basis of the physician’s good faith clinical judgment, an abortion is necessary to preserve the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition arising from the pregnancy itself, or when the continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”3

Lower courts struck down the Mississippi statute under Casey. State officials subsequently filed a petition for certiorari, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up three questions. Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on the first of the three questions: “Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.”4 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No 19-1392 (U.S. May 17, 2021) (order granting certiorari).

The case will be briefed over the next few months and is expected to be orally argued in the October 2021 Term with a decision likely at the end of June 2022. No date has yet been set for argument. Stay tuned for further updates as this case moves forward.

Miss. Code Ann. § 41-41-191 (“Except in a medical emergency or in the case of a severe fetal abnormality, a person shall not intentionally or knowingly perform, induce, or attempt to perform or induce an abortion of an unborn human being if the probable gestational age of the unborn human being has been determined to be greater than fifteen (15) weeks.”). Section 41-41-191 defines “gestational age” and “probable gestational age” to mean “the age of an unborn human being as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.”

2 Id.

Id.

The two questions on which the Court did not grant cert are as follows: “Whether the validity of a pre-viability law that protects women’s health, the dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession and society should be analyzed under Casey’s ‘undue burden’ standard or Hellerstedt’s balancing of benefits and burdens,” and “Whether abortion providers have third-party standing to invalidate a law that protects women’s health from the dangers of late-term abortions.”

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NO TAXPAYER ABORTION: PARISH RESOURCES
Use and share these materials to stop tax dollars from paying for abortion. A sample announcement, graphics, flyer, and infographic are available to assist your efforts.
WEDNESDAY WEBINAR: NO TAXPAYER ABORTION
Register here for an introductory webinar on Wednesday, May 12 at 2:00 PM (EDT). USCCB staff will explain the threat of taxpayer-funded abortion and how parishes and individual Catholics can take action to stop it.
NFP AWARENESS WEEK
I am happy to report that all the files for National NFP Awareness Week are available at https://www.usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning/national-nfp-awareness-week.

Homily Notes are at https://www.usccb.org/resources/2021%20NFP%20Week%20Homily%20Notes%20Cahall.pdf.

Web banners are at https://www.usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning/nfp-week-2021-web-graphics. Please note that you can access the Spanish language version at the top right side of the page.

Social media files are at https://www.usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning/2021-national-nfp-awareness-week-social-media-graphics.

Be sure to check out our new “NFP Week celebrates Grandparents” page at https://www.usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning/nfp-week-celebrates-grandparents.

The Year of Amoris Laetitia Family is underway!
Pope Francis has released the first two videos in a 10-part series. These videos will unpack the chapters of Amoris Laetitia and remind us that the family is a gift from God, despite every challenge that families face today.
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Video #1:
Walking Together

“Today we will begin a 10-month journey undertaken together to talk about the beauty of being a family. Everyone is called to lovingly care for the life of the family, because families are never a problem, they are always a gift and, in terms of the future, they are an opportunity.”

This is the invitation of Pope Francis in the video “Walking Together”, the first of 10 videos in which he appears with families from many parts of the world to proclaim the joy of love!

Learn More: 
Guide to Video 1
The Family in the Light of the Word of God
Video #2:
The Family in the Light of the Word of God

“How do we imagine God’s love? Is there a concrete reality in the world that helps us see this love with our own eyes? There is! It is the family! The image of God is reflected in man and in woman, in conjugal love: a living ‘icon’ through which God is made manifest.”

With these words, Pope Francis opens the second video featuring families from around the world.

Learn More: 
Guide to Video 2
Start Planning your Stateside Celebration!
To assist you in planning for stateside celebrations to coincide with the World Meeting of Families 2022, we are pleased to provide you with a Planning Guide.

This is the first of a series of resources to assist your efforts in preparation for the next World Meeting of Families.

In Other News

https://www.catholicnews.com/u-s-bishop-echoes-cardinals-call-for-prayers-for-the-people-of-china/

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247477/finnish-mp-faces-criminal-charges-after-tweeting-bible-verse

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247492/archbishop-cordileone-catholics-supporting-abortion-should-not-present-themselves-for-holy-communion

https://www.osvnews.com/2021/04/23/honoring-st-joseph-the-worker-through-art/

https://www.ncregister.com/news/catholic-sister-pro-lifers-must-be-battle-ready-to-defend-the-family

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/archbishop-naumann-commends-archbishop-cordileone-s-pastoral-letter-the-protection-of-the-unborn-remains-a-preeminent-priority

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/once-again-melinda-gates-is-wrong-about-catholic-teaching

https://www.ncregister.com/news/wealthy-corporations-back-equality-act-stripped-of-religious-freedom-protections

https://www.liveaction.org/news/texas-lubbock-city-largest-us-outlaw-abortion/

https://www.osvnews.com/2021/05/14/in-dismissing-teachers-lawsuit-indiana-court-hands-a-win-to-religious-liberty/

https://www.osvnews.com/2021/05/12/advocate-s-carolina-approval-of-firing-squad-electric-chair-chilling/

2021-04-01 Constant Contact Update

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Holy Thursday 7:00 PM
Good Friday Service: 7:00 PM
Blessing of Easter foods: 11:00 AM
Easter Vigil (Saturday): 8:00 PM
Easter Sunday Masses:
7:30 AM & 10:30 AM
We are NOT taking reservations for any of our Masses, we will have the Parish Hall open for overflow on Easter Sunday. Mass will be live streamed to the Parish Hall and a Eucharistic Minister will bring Communion.
Even though many of us have received our vaccinations, we will continue social distancing and wearing masks.
We would love to see you.
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Parish Office will be closed on
Good Friday and Easter Monday.
We will reopen on Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM.
If you feel more comfortable at home, we are continuing to live stream on our You Tube channel.
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RICE BOWL:
Rice bowl donations can be dropped off in the Rice Bowl Box in the Narthex or in the Sunday Collection basket.
Please check our website daily for updates.
Don’t forget to make your Easter donation….
Thank you in advance for your donations.
Weekly Bulletins are available on our website.
Happy Easter!
From Fr. Zach Etienne and Good Shepherd Parish Staff.