US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

Video may be found HERE. (Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr)
VIDEO on religious freedom may be found HERE.

The US bishops have launched a Website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place June 21-July 4.

 

The video, about 10 minutes long and viewable on the Fortnight for Freedom Website, features a number of legal, religious, and other personalities discussing the importance of religious liberty. Read more

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Annual chicken dinner serves over 1,300 meals

A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by The Mirror)
A photo gallery of this event may be found HERE. (Photo by The Mirror)

The Annual St. Mary’s Chicken Dinner is always a great way to launch the summer!  Bishop Edward M. Rice and many others ​joined pastor Fr. Shoby Chettiyath and parishioners as they served up some 1,300 meals and netted some $7,000 for parish needs!

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Catholic Charities provides aid to area flood victims

Drury Southwest partners with Catholic Charities to provide help FLOOD RESPONSE—Ed Powell, a veteran and a survivor of the recent floods, visited with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri staff at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) held in Ellington, MO, on May 10. Among other damages, he reported the loss of his refrigerator in the flood. Ed, a diabetic, was concerned because his insulin medication must be kept at a certain temperature. Thanks to a donation of refrigerators by Drury Southwest of Cape Girardeau, Shea Lane, CCSOMO Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response, was able to deliver a replacement refrigerator to Ed’s home the next day. Together, Catholic Charities is helping our neighbors in need every day!
Drury Southwest partners with Catholic Charities to provide help
FLOOD RESPONSE—Ed Powell, a veteran and a survivor of the recent floods, visited with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri staff at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) held in Ellington, MO, on May 10. Among other damages, he reported the loss of his refrigerator in the flood. Ed, a diabetic, was concerned because his insulin medication must be kept at a certain temperature. Thanks to a donation of refrigerators by Drury Southwest of Cape Girardeau, Shea Lane, CCSOMO Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response, was able to deliver a replacement refrigerator to Ed’s home the next day. Together, Catholic Charities is helping our neighbors in need every day!

Individuals impacted by the recent floods were able to access information and assistance at a one-day Outreach Center held on Wed., June 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cove Catholic Church, 20 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City.

Disaster response staff from Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri were available to meet with survivors to identify and assess unmet needs, provide support and connection to other resources, and furnish information on next steps. Unmet needs may include temporary housing, replacing personal belongings, home repairs, and long-term needs related to financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. Read more

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‘Eucharistic adoration can transform our Church,’ says Bishop Conley

Adoration. (Photo by Thoom/Shutterstock)
Adoration. (Photo by Thoom/Shutterstock)

Eucharistic adoration offers a powerful chance to encounter Christ’s love in silence and humility, and that experience can transform our hearts, both individually and as a Church, said Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, NE, in a new pastoral letter.

“Love is selfless sacrifice, and sacrifice is the language of love. Love is the gift of ourselves to our beloved. And Christ made a gift of himself—he gave us his body and blood—poured himself out for our salvation, when he conquered death by dying and rising again,” Bishop Conley said. “Christ gave us his body and blood, as an act of love, so that we could know the love of God.” Read more

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US bishops celebrate Mass for healing of survivors of clergy sex abuse

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Mass will mark opening of June Plenary Assembly

As they begin the Spring General Assembly June 14-15, Bishops from across the US will gather at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church: The liturgy will be held June 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Read more

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US bishops provide senate moral principles for health care reform

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As the US Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Card. Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Abp. William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bp. Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, and Bp. Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to help guide policymakers in their deliberations. Read more

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