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USCCB Catholic Education chairman welcomes agreement toward reauthorization of No Child Left Behind  
Monday, November 16, 2015  10:26 AM
Baltimore, MD - The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, welcomed the recent bipartisan agreement on a way forward for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, November 16. The agreement was reached by House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), along with Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA).

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind Law, is the federal program that provides federal funds and programs to local and state education agencies for elementary and secondary education programs. The program has not been updated and reauthorized since 2001.

“This is good news and a hopeful sign that our political leaders can come together and put the needs of parents and children first,” Archbishop Lucas said. “The members of Congress, in this agreement, demonstrate that there is broad bipartisan agreement on the need to replace the No Child Left Behind Law and improve our nation’s schools.”

The U.S. Congress is expected to vote to move to a conference between the Senate and House on the next steps for replacing the No Child Left Behind law in the coming days.

Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to take place November 21-22  
Sunday, November 15, 2015  2:25 PM
Washington, D.C. - The national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will take place in most parishes the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21-22. The theme of this year’s collection is “CCHD: Working on the Margins.”

“In the gospel of Luke, Jesus told his disciples, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ This is the mission of CCHD (Lk. 14.15-24),” said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

“CCHD works on the margins, alongside our brothers and sisters to bring new hope, build community, and address the root causes of poverty,” said Bishop Soto. “With its focus on long-term solutions, CCHD transforms the lives of families and communities in need, bringing them to the table of God’s Kingdom of justice, love and peace.”

Examples of CCHD-funded groups include Urban Tree Connection, which works with low-income communities to develop local gardening projects. Urban Tree Connection Coop has turned vacant land in Haddington, Pennsylvania, into space for food production, teaching low-income residents how to grow and sell food. These projects not only give residents access to nutritious foods but they also create an opportunity for people to develop leadership skills and build community bonds.

With a grant from CCHD, the Parish Peace Project in Chicago aims to address the continuing violence in Latino neighborhoods and the large number of struggling Latino youth and young adults. This project, a collaboration between 15 parishes and the Office of Young Adult Ministry at the Archdiocese of Chicago, works with those caught up in the criminal justice system, brings support services to schools, as well as providing mental and medical health services to the undocumented. By connecting pastoral ministry, restorative justice work, and community organizing, the Parish Peace Project prepares young at-risk Latino men and women to build safer and stronger neighborhoods in Chicago.

CCHD carries out Jesus’ mission of mercy. For over 40 years, CCHD has been the national anti-poverty program of the USCCB working to break the cycle of poverty in the United States and educate on poverty and its causes. The Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development allocates grants from funds received via the national collection each year. This national collection is the primary source of funding the CCHD’s anti-poverty grants and education programs working to provide lasting solutions for the estimated 46 million people who live in poverty in the United States. Twenty-five percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local anti-poverty projects.

More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is available at www.povertyusa.org. Other resources including collection materials can be found at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.

Day of Recollection offered at Broom Tree  
Wednesday, November 04, 2015  1:28 PM
"Divine Mercy" is the subject of Novem,ebr's day of Recollection at Broom Tree Retreat and Confernecd eCenter.

Directed by Dr. Teri Kemmer and Msgr. Richard Mahowald, the day will be Tuesday, Novemebr 3.

Within the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis, he shares that the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy and it is a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. During this day of prayer, Dr. Teri Kemmer will introduce you to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Divine Mercy Message and how to focus your spiritual life to actively participate in the Year of Mercy.

Beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 3 p.m., the schedule for the day includes Mass, talks, time for Confession, quiet time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, great food and wonderful conversation. Please bring your Bible.

For more information or to register please call (605) 263-1040, email broomtree@sfcatholic.org or visit our website. 

Dante Parish ready to host annual soup dinner  
Sunday, October 18, 2015  3:54 PM
St. Mary Altar Society of the Assumption Parish in Dante, will be hosting their annual Soup Dinner on Sunday, October 25.

Serving will begin at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be serving homemade chili and chicken noodle soup, chicken salad sandwiches, taverns, hot dogs, kolaches, homemade pies and desserts.

There will be bingo and numerous games for all ages including an all cash raffle and a children's raffle.

National Vocation Awareness Week calls Catholics to foster culture of vocations  
Friday, October 16, 2015  11:47 AM
'A culture of vocations is one that provides the necessary support for others to hear and respond to God’s call in their lives.’

Washington, D.C. - The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2015. This observance, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

Pope Francis, in his message of April 26, 2015 on the 52nd Day of World Prayer for Vocations states; “Responding to God’s call means allowing Him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind, and to strike out on the path which leads to Jesus Christ, the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness.” The Holy Father stresses, “The Christian vocation, rooted in the contemplation of the Father’s heart, thus inspires us to solidarity in bringing liberation to our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest.”

National Vocations Awareness Week is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: “To what vocation in life is God calling me?” Parish and school communities across the nation are asked to include, during the first week in November, prayer and special activities that focus on vocation awareness.

“Encouraging others to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to follow Christ without reservations are key elements in supporting a culture of vocations,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. “With God’s grace, we can have a positive impact on others who may be open to considering a vocation to priesthood or religious life, by simply inviting them to think and pray about it. Our enthusiasm and willingness to speak directly to others about vocations just might be the conversation someone need to respond to God’s call.”

A 2012 study, “Consideration of Priesthood and Religious Life Among Never-Married
U.S. Catholics,” conducted by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), highlighted the role community encouragement plays in the discernment process. (Full study: www.usccb.org/beliefs-andteachings/vocations/survey-of-youth-and-young-adults-on-vocations.cfm)

“Over and over again when asked, newly ordained priests and newly professed men and women religious, credit the encouragement of family members, coworkers, friends and clergy, as being a significant factor in their pursuing a vocation.” said Fr. Ralph O’Donnell, USCCB’s executive director of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration. It was later moved to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. The Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations moved the observance of National Vocation Awareness Week to November to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort.

More information and resources for National Vocations Awareness Week, including a prayer card, suggested prayers of the faithful and bulletin-ready quotes are available online at www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/national-vocation-awarenessweek.cfm

Catholic Home Missions awards over $10 million to U.S. dioceses and eparchies in need  
Friday, October 16, 2015  11:30 AM
Washington, D.C. - A total of 85 dioceses and eparchies in the United States facing financial and pastoral challenges will receive over $10.0 million in grants from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. The Subcommittee also approved a gift to the Apostolic Nunciature to support travel to bishop installations and other activities in home mission dioceses.

Funding for these grants comes from the national Catholic Home Missions Appeal, a collection taken up in many dioceses across the United States. The Appeal supports essential pastoral programs such as seminary education, religious education, marriage and family life, and Hispanic ministry. Funded dioceses and eparchies face many challenges including remote and difficult geography, impoverished populations, and limited resources.

“The needs of home mission dioceses are real, as often basic spiritual and pastoral necessities cannot be met by the diocese alone. Through these grants we support dioceses as they provide necessary resources for the faithful,” said Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Boise, chairman of the Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions. “We are incredibly grateful for the many people who make these grants possible, it is thanks to their generosity that the Church here at home is strengthened and faith communities are sustained.”

The Subcommittee met in Houston, September 30-October 1, to consider grant applications for the 2016 funding cycle. They include approved funding for the Latino Leadership Development project in the Diocese of Stockton. This project forms lay ministry leaders to promote intercultural dialogue, increase pastoral outreach and community service. They will also organize and sponsor a conference day on the family in 2016, which is expected to minister to over 300 Latino families.

One of the greatest challenges for the diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, is to keep its parishes afloat amidst their difficult financial situation, particularly in the Appalachian region. Of its 62 parishes and missions, up to 40 require outside support. With the help of a grant from Catholic Home Missions, the Appalachian Mission Assistance Program (AMAP) seeks to evangelize, provide social services and subsidize parishes that cannot otherwise support themselves. These funds help make it possible for parishes in mountain and rural regions to remain open and provide important pastoral resources to the faithful.

The national date for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal is the fourth Sunday in April. The next collection is scheduled for April 24, 2016; however, some dioceses take up the appeal on an alternate date. The Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions oversees the Catholic Home Missions Appeal as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. The Subcommittee allocates the revenue received from the annual Appeal as grants to dioceses for pastoral and programmatic needs. More information on Catholic Home Missions and the projects it funds can be found online at www.usccb.org/home-missions.

Visio Divina – Praying with Your Eyes being offered in Yankton  
Friday, October 16, 2015  11:22 AM
The Benedictine Peace Center at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton, invites you to a retreat on
Saturday morning, October 31, 9:15 to noon.

Visio Divina – Praying with Your Eyes, presented by Sister Mary Jo Polak OSB, will help you slow down and notice the subtle ways that God speaks to us through art and nature.

Praying with Scripture passages and the accompanying Illumination from the Saint John’s Bible will be part of your prayer experience.

For more information, go to www.yanktonbenedictines.org/center , then to the Opportunities and Events page to download a brochure.

To register e-mail benedictinepeacectr@mtmc.edu or call 605-668-6292.  

Consider extending your retreat by arranging to spend Friday evening at the Peace Center.

USCCB committee chair and CCUSA president welcome bi-partisan leadership on criminal justice bill  
Wednesday, October 07, 2015  9:23 AM
Washington, D.C. - Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Sr. Donna Markham welcomed the recent introduction of the bi-partisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 in the United States Senate. The Act reduces certain mandatory minimum sentences, expands so-called sentencing “safety valves,” works to reduce recidivism with expanded prison-based programs, and limits solitary confinement for juvenile offenders, among other things. Key sponsors include Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Dick Durbin, as well as Senators Cornyn, Whitehouse, Lee, Schumer, Graham, Leahy and Booker.

“Pope Francis stressed only days ago that: ‘Jesus ... teaches us to see the world through his eyes. Eyes which are not scandalized by the dust picked up along the way, but want to cleanse, heal and restore. He asks us to create new opportunities: for inmates, for their families, for correctional authorities, and for society as a whole,’” said Archbishop Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

“The bishops welcome this modest bi-partisan effort to reform our criminal justice system. We must try to ensure that sentences are just, while creating humane space in which individuals can restore their lives with the kind of support that reduces the chances that they will return to prison in the future. These reforms are a step in the right direction.”

“Reform to the criminal justice system is long overdue,” said Sr. Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President of Catholic Charities USA. “Catholic social teaching affirms that human dignity is not something we earn by good behavior, but it is something we are endowed with as children of God. Strengthening families and community connections should play a central role in our criminal justice system. Catholic Charities USA supports efforts that reflect these priorities.”

Pope Francis visited those incarcerated at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on September 27.

Fall Benedictine Lecture to highlight The Saint John’s Bible  
Thursday, September 17, 2015  3:05 PM
Mount Marty College and the Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice, in conjunction with a year of The Saint John’s Bible event, are pleased to announce the visit of Fr. Michael Patella on September 27 as the featured speaker of the Fall Benedictine Lecture. Fr. Michael will present, “The Saint John’s Bible: A Spiritual Encounter with God” beginning at 7 p.m. in Marian Auditorium. Two volumes of The Saint John’s Bible will be on display beginning at 6 p.m. near the Bede Art Gallery adjacent from the auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public and will include a question and answer opportunity.

The Saint John’s Bible, the world’s first hand-written, hand-illuminated bible in over five centuries, was completed in 2011 as a commissioned work by St. John’s University and St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN. Fr. Michael Patella, the chair of the Committee of Illumination and Text, will demonstrate and discuss the spiritual and theological experience of both the committee and the artists in developing the bible.

The scholars and artists of the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John’s Bible were charged with selecting the passages for depiction within the Bible, and to do so they engaged lectio divina. Within this prayerful reflection, the Committee discussed their personal and collective thoughts on Scripture and the Christian Tradition, and they sent notes of the discussion to Donald Jackson and his artistic team in Wales. The results of this transatlantic dialogue are visible in nearly each of the 1136 pages of The Saint John’s Bible.

A Benedictine monk at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN, Fr. Michael Patella is a professor of New Testament, teaching both in the undergraduate theology department and the graduate School of Theology and Seminary Studies Program at St. John’s University, where he also serves as seminary rector and the director of the graduate school’s Holy Land Studies Program.

He earned a License in Sacred Scripture from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Ecole biblique et archeologique francaise in Jerusalem. He has published in the areas of Luke, Mark, Paul, angels, and demons, and also has written for The Bible Today and Give Us This Day. His most recent book, “Word and Image: The Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible”, won the Catholic Press Association’s award in Biblical-Academic. Fr. Michael is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association.

For more information on the lecture or The Saint John’s Bible at Mount Marty College, please contact Andy Henrickson, Director of the Benedictine Institute, 605-668-1495 or ahenrickson@mtmc.edu.

Mount Marty College, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational institute of higher learning founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Yankton, South Dakota. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition, the college exists as a community of learners. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of each person as a complete human being with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills, and a composite of moral, spiritual, and social values. With an enrollment of over 1,100 students at all three locations and approximately 600 students located on the Yankton campus, Mount Marty College is the region’s premier institution for higher learning. To learn more about Mount Marty College visit www.mtmc.edu.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley in 2015 Respect Life Month Message: ‘Every Life is Worth Living’  
Thursday, September 17, 2015  10:48 AM
Washington, D.C. - People discover their worth when they discover their true identity as created in God’s image and called to an eternal destiny with him, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in the annual Respect Life Month statement. Catholics and all people of good will in the United States are invited to participate in Respect Life Month.

Respect Life Month, observed in October, begins the new, yearlong cycle of the Respect Life Program, which continues through the following September. It is a time dedicated by the U.S. bishops for the Church nationwide to bring attention to, celebrate, and work and pray for the protection of the gift of human life. The first Sunday of the month, October 4 this year, is designated as Respect Life Sunday. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes new materials each year on various human life issues to aid the local efforts within the Church of building a culture of life throughout the year. The theme of the 2015-16 Respect Life Program is “Every life is worth living.”

“Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift,” wrote Cardinal O’Malley. “At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love.”

Cardinal O’Malley wrote that nothing can diminish a person’s God-given dignity or the worth of his or her life, only that others may fail to respect human dignity. He also noted that encountering another’s suffering, while difficult, is an opportunity to embrace them with love, attention and prayer.

More information on the Respect Life Program, including resources and the full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement, is available online: www.usccb.org/respectlife.

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