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Pope Francis’ Message for Lent

“Lent summons us,
and enables us,
to come back to the Lord
wholeheartedly
and in every aspect of our life.” Pope Francis

To read Pope Francis’ entire message for Lent 2018, go to:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20171101_messaggio-quaresima2018.html

Lent Begins Next Week

Be sure to check out your religion publishers for Lenten Ideas. OEC also has ideas on Pinterest (just go to our Facebook page and click on the link). Try “liking” Sadlier for ideas for family during Lent. Loyola, Our Sunday Visitor, RCL Benziger and Plaum also have websites to check out.

The Josephites

The St. Joseph Society of the Sacred Heart (The Josephites) is a congregation of priests and brothers whose exclusive mission is to serve the African-American community. Founded after the Civil War to minister to newly freed slaves, the organization has served the African American community since 1871. The Society supports in parishes and special ministries, spanning across the East and West Coast.  To learn more about this African-American ministry go to  http://www.josephites.org/about-us/our-mission/

Catholic Relief Services – Rice Bowl Project

CRS 2018 Rice Bowl

Are you ready to encounter Lent with CRS Rice Bowl?  This Lent, join the more than 14,000 families and faith communities for a faith-filled experience that offers the opportunity to engage daily in the spiritual pillars of Lent:  prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Ready-made lessons and materials/resources such as prayers, pulpit announcements, prayer intentions, Stations of the Cross, stories of hope, videos and more are available at no cost.

In addition, the Mission Office is offering two free workshops (English and Spanish) to aid you and your team in preparing and implementing the CRS Rice Bowl program without a hitch.  Here are the registration links:

English Workshop (Jan. 19 at 8:30 am) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop

Spanish Workshop (Jan. 18 at 6:30 pm) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSTallerPlatodeArroz

For more information please contact the Mission Office at 713-652-8231 or hochoa@archgh.org.

Plato de Arroz – Programa cuaresmal de fe en acción de Catholic Relief Services

Únete a casi 14,000 comunidades de fe en 180 diócesis alrededor de los Estados Unidos y juntos  serviremos a nuestros hermanos y hermanas más necesitados alrededor del mundo mientras formamos a nuestras familias y comunidades de fe en solidaridad global.  Te invitamos a ser parte de la Cultura del Encuentro como discípulo misionero con Catholic Relief Services (CRS) esta cuaresma a través del programa  Plato de Arroz.  El programa consta de lecciones ya listas y materiales/recursos tales como oraciones, Via Crucis, historias de esperanza, videos, etc. disponibles sin costo alguno.

Con el fin de facilitarte la preparación y puesta en acción del programa, la Oficina de Misiones ofrece un taller en español el jueves 18 de enero, 2017 de 6:30 a 9:00 pm.  Aquí está el enlace para registrarte:

http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSTallerPlatodeArroz

Otro taller se ofrecerá en inglés el viernes 19 de enero de 8:30 am a 12 del mediodía:  http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop

Para mayor información comunícate a la Oficina de Misiones al 713-652-8231, hochoa@archgh.org.

Next Sunday: A Day of Prayer in Solidarity

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and  Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, have designated  Sunday, November 26, A Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians that initiates “Solidarity in Suffering” a Week of Awareness and Education.  The Bishops’ Conference is collaborating with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services, CNEWA and Aid to the Church in Need on this observance.

For resources and more information, go to  https://tinyurl.com/yaenpp6w

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious. She was the daughter of Andrew II, King of Hungary, and wife of Duke Louis IV of Thuringia. She is famous for her great kindness and inexhaustible charity towards the poor and the sick. November 19 is the feast day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary in the Extraordinary Form.

To learn more, you can go to:

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2017-11-17

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/