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Support the Fortnight for Freedom 2017

To learn more about how you can join in prayer to protect and preserve our religious freedom read the corresponding article in the June 13th edition of the Catholic Herald on page 2 or go  to:  http://www.archgh.org/resources/fortnight-for-freedom/

 

U.S. Bishops Chair on Migration Responds to DHS Memoranda on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security

February 23, 2017

WASHINGTON—On February 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two memoranda implementing Executive Orders 13768 and 13767, relating to border and interior immigration enforcement. In response to the memoranda, the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has issued the following statement:

“We recognize the importance of ensuring public safety and would welcome reasonable and necessary steps to do that. However, the two memoranda issued by Secretary Kelly on February 20th contain a number of provisions that, if implemented as written, will harm public safety rather than enhance it. Moreover, taken in their entirety, the policies contained in these memoranda will needlessly separate families, upend peaceful communities, endanger the lives and safety of the most vulnerable among us, breakdown the trust that currently exists between many police departments and immigrant communities, and sow great fear in those communities.

The DHS memoranda eliminates important protections for vulnerable populations, including unaccompanied children and asylum seekers. They greatly expand the militarization of the U.S./Mexico border.  Taken together, these memoranda constitute the establishment of a large-scale enforcement system that targets virtually all undocumented migrants as ‘priorities’ for deportation, thus prioritizing no one.  The memoranda further seek to promote local law enforcement of federal immigration laws without regard for the existing relationships of trust between local law enforcement officials and immigrant communities. The engagement of local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law can undermine public safety by making many who live in immigrant communities fearful of cooperating with local law enforcement in both reporting and investigating criminal matters.

I urge the Administration to reconsider the approach embodied in these memoranda, just as it should reconsider the approach it has taken in a number of executive orders and actions issued over the last month.  Together, these have placed already vulnerable immigrants among us in an even greater state of vulnerability.

Moving forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to care for and respect the human dignity of all, regardless of their immigration status.  During this unsettling time, we will redouble our work to accompany and protect our immigrant brothers and sisters and recognize their contributions and inherent dignity as children of God.”

http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-043.cfm

This 110-year-old nun got birthday greetings from Pope Francis

.- She is one of the oldest religious sisters in the world, but this week, she turned 110 years young.  to read more go to:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/this-110-year-old-nun-got-birthday-greetings-from-pope-francis-93431/

40 Ideas for 40 Days of Lent

by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

When it comes to practicing our faith, Lent is a time of heightened intensity. With Lent upon us, I’m pleased to offer these 40 Lenten activities.

40 Ideas for 40 Days calendarThese activities come from a variety of sources: from my own experience as a catechist, from various websites that I credit accordingly, and from catechists like you who shared their creative ideas with me. The activities are grounded in the symbols, Scripture readings, devotions, and traditions of the Lenten season. Be sure to check this calendar each day to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting.

May this Lent be a time of heightened focus on faith formation for you and for those you teach!

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A Lenten Letter to Parents

As a diocesan catechetical director, I write a message for parents annually. My intent in this effort is always to provide some manner of evangelizing formation for parents that will resonate with who they are and where they are at, collectively. I figure that if I can speak their language, they may actually give me a hearing. My hope is to be able to invite them into a deeper relationship with God, the Church and their parish…for themselves, first…and then for their children.

Parish catechetical leaders in this diocese are asked to provide it to parents in these days as Lent approaches. You’ll notice that I did not provide specific directions in which to send them for resources, authors, etc. It became apparent to me that this would be expanding the tone and scope of the letter beyond a rather core, simple practical message. To address this, I’ve asked parish catechetical leaders to consider providing specific guidance for their parents to grow in faith, with an encouragement to utilize digital means (links and such) since our parents live on their devices. I’m encouraging them to look at email and social media for delivery of good faith content to them.

I’m pleased to be able to share this Lent 2017 message with you for two reasons.  It gives you a sense of how one might attempt to engage in evangelizing catechesis with parents.  And, it might inspire you in your Lent messaging of parents and others this year.  (Please feel free to borrow liberally from my message if it would be helpful…or even share it outright.)  May the Holy Spirit accompany you in your efforts to foster conversion in parents and all adults!

Tom Quinlan, Diocese of Joliet

To Download the letter go to:  http://www.21stcenturycatholicevangelization.org/

 

New Year Resolutions? What about Catechetical Modules?

Do you have your catechist certificate yet?  No?  Well, here is a chance to attend  classes to help you be the best catechist you can be.   Four Modules will be taught on Saturday, January 28th (8:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.) at St. Michael Catholic Church (1801 Sage, Houston, TX  77056).  The four modules include:  Enculturating Catechesis, Vocation of the Catechist, Family: The Domestic Church and Introduction to the Catechetical Framework.  You must pre-register.  No registration will be allowed at the door.  See you there!

To register, go to http://archgh.cvent.com/catmod2016-17

Second Sunday of Advent: Prepare the Way

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In this week’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist described as “A voice of one crying out in the desert,”  If you would like to watch a video regarding today’s Gospel messae go to:
http://bcove.me/7hqrft6f

 

Prepare for the Second Sunday of Advent

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Deepen you understanding of scripture during Advent with the USCCB’s guides for “divine reading.” Taken from the USCCB website:

“Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Latin phrase “lectio divina” may be translated as “divine reading.”  As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method of lectio divina follows four steps:

  • lectio (reading)
  • meditatio (meditation)
  • contemplatio (contemplation)
  • and oratio (prayer).”

Go to the USCCB’s website to use their Lectio Divina guides to meditate, contemplate, and pray on your spiritual preparation for Advent and Christmas.  http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/lectio-divina-for-advent.cfm

Lectio Divina for the Second Sunday of Advent   en Español