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Bishop Richard E. Pates to Ambassador Feingold: U.S. Bishops remain committed to helping U.S. government promote peace, prosperity in Democratic Republic of the Congo  
Friday, October 17, 2014  9:41 AM
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. bishops renew their commitment “to work with the United States Government to promote the peace and prosperity of all the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in an October 16 letter to Ambassador Russ Feingold, special envoy to the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, shared a letter from the bishops of the DRC, in which they called the possible removal of a term limit on their country’s president “a step backward on the road to building our democracy and would seriously undermine the harmonious future of the nation.” Bishop Pates noted to Ambassador Feingold that constitutions have been changed in other nations “as a means to monopolize political power and a nation’s natural wealth.” He added, “This political maneuver excludes political opposition and destroys the peaceful democratic process.”

Bishop Pates urged Ambassador Feingold to take the DRC bishops’ words and actions into consideration in future U.S. policy dealing with that country.

Full text of both letters is available online: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issues/africa/democratic-republic-of-the-congo/upload/Letter-and-Documents-to-Amb-Feingold-from-Bishop-Pates-on-DRC-2014-10-16.pdf
 

Failing to bother to Love: looking behind the rules of Catholic moral theology  
Thursday, October 16, 2014  4:07 PM
October 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15, and 22

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

at Mount Marty College, Sioux Falls Location, 1005 West 41st Street, Sioux Falls

This course explores Catholic moral theology from its foundational experience of God’s love and the Christian’s call to love.

Using the work of moral theologian James Keenan, S.J., we will begin by examining the
experience of love before exploring the relationship between love, conscience, sin and
suffering.

Students will walk away with a deeper understanding of Christian love that will,
in turn, deepen their understanding of sin and why a behavior is considered sinful.

The following text will be used by participants of the class:
Moral Wisdom: Lessons and Texts from the Catholic Tradition (Second Edition) by James F. Keenan, SJ

The class will feature Helen Ciernick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Helen Ciernick, an Associate Professor of Theology, has been on faculty at MMC for 
6 years. With degrees in Religious Studies, Theology and Church History, she teaches 
a wide range of courses, including her new class Understanding the Catholic Faith. Dr. 
Ciernick has also offered classes in church history and theology at St. Benedict Parish in 
Yankton, SD, where she lectors. She looks forward to teaching for CAL because of the lively discussion that comes with teaching adults. When not teaching, she sews, plays piano, reads and pursues her renewed hobby of stained-glass.

Center for Active Learners
The Center for Active Learners purpose is to provide short educational seminars covering a broad spectrum of topics for adult learners. These are non-credit courses...no educational requirements, no grades, quizzes, research papers, or tests! Their purpose is to provide interesting topics for anyone who loves learning and enjoys the exchange of ideas with other learners. These sessions are based on lectures by the professors, as well as discussion with fellow class members. We hope to enrich the lives of people in our region who wish to 
indulge in learning for its own sake.

Membership
Courses are open to both members and non-members. A $25.00 per year membership includes early registration, discounts on courses, and the opportunity to bring a friend to a session.
Course Fees Members: $50/course | Non-Members: $75/course

For more information and to register, contact www.mtmc.edu/BENEDICTINEINSTITUTE or Andy Henrickson, director of the Benedictine Institute at ahenrickson@mtmc.edu or 605-668-1495


U.S. Bishops to meet November 10-13 in Baltimore, hear address of Archbishop Kurtz, celebrate 225th anniversary of archdiocese  
Wednesday, October 15, 2014  12:29 PM
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet in Baltimore, November 10-13, for their annual Fall General Assembly. The bishops will hear the first presidential address of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of USCCB, who was elected to a three-year term in November 2013. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, will also address the bishops.

The afternoon of Monday, November 10, the bishops will concelebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in honor of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Baltimore is the “premier see” or first diocese founded in the United States.

Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, and Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, will present to the bishops on underserved communities and Catholic schools. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, will present on plans for the observance of the Year of Consecrated Life and on the “Guidelines for the Reception of Ministers in the United States, Third Edition” and its plans for implementation.

The bishops will vote for the USCCB secretary-elect, the chairmen-elect of five USCCB committees and board members of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). They will also vote on the 2015 Conference budget, the 2016 diocesan assessment, liturgical action items including a proposal to revise “Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities,” and a proposal to proceed on a revision to the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.”

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the CRS board, will present with Carolyn Woo, president of CRS, on CRS’ work on capacity building. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, will present on the recent pilgrimage of prayer for peace in the Holy Land. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, will present on USCCB engagement with the Church in Africa. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, will invite the bishops to the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit. The bishops will also conduct the canonical consultation on the sainthood cause of Father Paul Wattson.

Other presentations at the meeting will include Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, secretary of USCCB, on the status of the 2013-2016 Conference Strategic Plan, “The New Evangelization: Faith, Worship, Witness,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco on the work of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore on the work of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and an update by the working group on the life and dignity of the human person.



Mount Marty College hosts blue and gold campus visit days  
Wednesday, October 15, 2014  12:26 PM
The best way to know if Mount Marty College is the right college of choice is to visit. The Admissions Office at Mount Marty College will be holding Blue and Gold Campus Visit Day events for prospective students to learn about the college and academic majors, visit campus, and meet with faculty during this 2014-15 school year.

· Saturday, November 1

· Friday, March 27

· Saturday, June 27

For more information on blue and gold campus visit days, or to register, visit www.mtmc.edu/admissions/events.

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.

Mount Marty College announces upcoming choral events  
Tuesday, October 14, 2014  2:17 PM
The annual Fall Choral Showcase will feature all of the choral ensembles at Mount Marty College and the Ensemble in Residence, Yankton Children’s Choir, in concert on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm in Marian Auditorium. Come hear the ensemble’s first performance of the semester as they sing selections by André Thomas, Jake Runestad, Seth Houston, Oja Gjeilo, and more. The concert will also feature the second public performance of the Mount Marty College Prayer, arranged by Dr. Anthony Maglione. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Mount Marty Choral Union also announces their fall concert, "Ghosts and Ghouls," as part of the Harvest Halloween Festival in Historic Downtown Yankton. The Choral Union will sing in the Dakota Theater, Friday October 31 at 6:45pm. This free concert will be just after the presentation of, "Night of the Living Dead" (1968).

The program, "Ghosts and Ghouls," will feature music meant to chill the heart and tingle the spine, and a bit of fun, too. "Dies Irae" from Mozart's Requiem, "Funeral Ikos" by Tavener, a contemporary setting of "Daemon Irrepit", "Double Trouble" from Harry Potter, and arrangement of "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Come in your costume and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mount Marty Choral Union.

For more information, please visit www.mtmc.edu/arts.

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. 

U.S. Bishops to vote for conference secretary-elect, chairmen-elect of five USCCB committees at general assembly in Baltimore  
Tuesday, October 14, 2014  8:47 AM
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote for the secretary-elect of the Conference and the chairmen-elect of five committees during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly, November 11-14, in Baltimore.

Each bishop elected will serve for one year as secretary-elect or chairman-elect before beginning a three-year term.

The following bishops were nominated:

Conference Secretary
Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services

Committee on Communications
Bishop William F. Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas

Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio
Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of Yakima, Washington

Committee on Doctrine
Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit

Committee on National Collections
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama
Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California

Committee on Pro-Life Activities
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York
Arcbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles

More information on the meeting agenda is available online: www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-162.cfm


Holy Rosary Parish getting ready to host bazaar  
Wednesday, September 17, 2014  11:43 AM
Holy Rosary Church in Kranzburg will host a parish bazaar on Sunday, September 28.

Roast beef dinner and bazaar will include serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All are welcome.



Center for Active Learners announces fall courses and open house  
Tuesday, September 16, 2014  4:46 PM
Mount Marty College’s Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice is pleased to announce the slate of courses being offered in the Center for Active Learners’ fall program beginning Wednesday, October 8. The Center for Active Learners serves to provide short courses for adults who wish to learn more about a variety of topics that are consistent with the liberal arts traditions of Mount Marty College. The non-credit courses are designed for anyone who loves learning and enjoys the exchange of ideas without the pressures of homework or exams. Courses will consist of lectures and class discussions aimed at enriching the lives of individuals in the Yankton area and hands-on experiences.

The fall courses that are being offered are: “Literature of The American West,” Dr. James Sullivan; “Failing to Bother to Love: Looking Behind the Rules of Catholic Moral Theology,” Dr. Helen Ciernick; “Recipe for a Sweet Life – As Easy As 1, 2, 3,” Sr. Margo Tschetter; “Symbols in Stone,” Father Thomas Wordekemper; “Getting Along with Social Media,” Kristi Tacke; and “Gone Fishing: All You Need to Know to Get a Tug On the Line,” Erin Riibe. Courses will meet at the Yankton Mount Marty College Campus and Sacred Heart Monastery.

Registration is currently open and can be done online or over the phone. The cost for the courses is $50 per course for CAL members or $75 for non-members. Some courses require an additional supply fee. Membership can be attained for $25 per year.

An informational open house for the courses will be held Sunday, October 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cyber Café located in the lower level of the Roncalli Center. Course instructors will be available at the event and those attending the open house will be given first opportunity to register.

For more information on the courses including times and dates offered as well as instructor biographies please visit www.mtmc.edu/benedictineinstitute or contact Director, Andrew Henrickson at 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: government report confirms bishops’ concern on abortion coverage  
Tuesday, September 16, 2014  3:22 PM
Investigative agency finds over a thousand health plans covering abortion on demand
Promised "separation" of abortion funds from tax dollars not implemented
Abortion-related abuses under Affordable Care Act require corrective action


Washington, D.C. - A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The report, “Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans,” was issued by the GAO, an independent reviewing agency of the U.S. government, on September 15.

Despite repeated claims by President Obama and other supporters that the ACA would not promote abortion, the report identified over a thousand health plans eligible for federal premium subsidies that cover elective abortions. On five state exchanges, every plan covers such abortions in 2014; in another three large states, 95 to 98 percent of the plans do so. The Act’s alleged requirements regulating abortion coverage do not exist or are widely ignored. Many health plans do not inform enrollees about their inclusion of abortion coverage; they do not tell them how much they are being charged for such coverage; and they do not charge a “separate payment” for abortions that is distinct from the premium payment eligible for federal tax subsidies. While state insurance departments are supposedly tasked by the federal government with ensuring that these health plans maintain segregated accounts for abortion funds to keep them separate from federal funds, the report indicates that this is not taking place.

“This report confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage that we raised both before and after enactment of the Affordable Care Act by Congress,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “Surveys have shown that most Americans do not want elective abortion in their health coverage, and do not want their tax dollars to fund abortions. Their wishes are not being followed, and it can be difficult or impossible for them to find out whether those wishes are respected even in their own health plan.”

Cardinal O’Malley added: “The only adequate solution to this problem is the one the Catholic bishops advocated from the beginning of the health care reform debate in Congress: Bring the Affordable Care Act into compliance with the Hyde amendment and every other federal law on abortion funding, by excluding elective abortions from health plans subsidized with federal funds. At a minimum, Congress should not delay in enacting a law to require full disclosure of abortion coverage and abortion premiums to Americans purchasing health plans.”

Past USCCB materials on this issue, including Cardinal O’Malley’s letters to Congress endorsing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R. 7) and the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” (H.R. 3279), are at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/index.cfm. For an analysis of how the Affordable Care Act treats abortion coverage see www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/upload/Backgrounder-The-New-Federal-Regulation-on-Coerced-Abortion-Payments.pdf.


USCCB chairmen and NCEA president welcome bipartisan, bicameral agreement reached to reform child care and development block grant program  
Monday, September 15, 2014  4:14 PM
Wasington, D.C. - The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska; the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami; and the President of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Brother Robert Bimonte, welcome the legislative agreement reached by a bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders on Friday to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) provides funds to states to assist low-income income families or those receiving assistance, in obtaining child care while parents work or participate in educational job training. A vast majority of recipients who receive CCDBG support do so through certificates which allow parents to choose the child care provider and program of their choice. The program has not been reauthorized since 1996.

“This is wonderful news and a testament to what can be achieved when we put the needs of parents and children first,” Archbishop Lucas said. “This legislative agreement also appropriately reaffirms the importance and pre-eminence of the child care certificates as the bedrock parental choice component of the program and acknowledges the critical role that Catholic and other faith-based providers play in this program.”

“The members of Congress, in this agreement, strengthen a program that has worked well over the last two decades and continues to provide low-income working families with the child care assistance they need, from the provider they choose. Child care is increasingly important for family stability, as well as finding and keeping decent work,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

“The success of the CCDBG program and the flexibility it provides to low-income families to choose the child-care program which best fits their needs is a reminder that empowering parents not only supports them in their role as primary educators of their children but also provides them with the assistance necessary to find employment and support their families,” said Brother Robert Bimonte, President of the National Catholic Education Association.

The U.S. Congress is expected to consider the measure in the coming days. According to the joint press release by Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN) and David Loebsack (D-IA) and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC), the bill enhances parental choice in child care options, strengthens health and safety standards and improves the quality of care in child care programs.


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