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Annual walk for love and life planned  
Monday, January 18, 2016  2:03 PM
The annual Walk for Love & Life will be held on Friday, January 22 to show support for life in this election year.

Meeting at First Assembly of God, 6300 W 41st Street, Sioux Falls,  at 7:15 p.m. with the walk to Planned Parenthood beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The walk will be followed with prayers in the church at 8 p.m. along with a short program.

Refreshments will be served afterwards

Subcommittee on the Church in Africa awards $1 million in grants  
Monday, January 18, 2016  12:48 PM
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa announced the approval of 42 grants totaling $1 million to support pastoral projects in 18 countries in Africa.

Grants from the Subcommittee focus on providing support to dioceses and episcopal conferences to help build their capacity for pastoral ministry. Projects include organizing bible courses, formation of catechists, support for seminarian formation, and support for the structures needed for growth. The Catholic population in Africa has more than tripled to more than 200 million since 1980, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

“The growth of the church in Africa is a gift to the Church as a whole,” said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington and chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa during the meeting at which the grants were approved, “and it is through the work of the Subcommittee that we will continue elevate the spiritual well-being of our brothers and sisters on the African continent.”

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia received a grant to support their pastoral care of refugees from Eritrea. The program will offer a place for refugees from Eritrea to gather, pray, and be renewed spiritually. The Chaplaincy for Refugees facilitates weekly bible studies, monthly Mass, retreats twice per year, and marriage preparation. Each year over 150 people participate in the program, and over 500 people have been served since 2011 when the program began.

The Uganda Episcopal Conference will use a grant from the Subcommittee to strengthen youth ministry through capacity building of youth leaders and chaplains in the Diocese of Hoima. The program includes conducting seminars and training sessions for youth leaders and chaplains, hosting radio talk shows, and monitoring and evaluating the results of the project to understand how it can become self-supporting. Through this training, youth ministry will be more sustainable and better coordinated across the diocese. This program will serve 38 parishes and two pastoral centers.

The grants were approved during the November 2015 USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore. Grants from the Subcommittee are funded by donations to the annual collection for the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa. The Subcommittee on the Church in Africa oversees the Solidarity Fund as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections.

More information on the work of the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa can be found online at www.usccb.org/africa.

Bishops Elizondo and Vann call for an end to deportation raids and detention of immigrant mothers with children  
Monday, January 18, 2016  12:17 PM
Washington, D.C. - In light of recent enforcement actions conducted by the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of deporting 121 individuals, primarily mothers with children, the bishops who chair the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network called for an end to such practices.

In a letter sent to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, January 11, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration and Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, chairman of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC), urged the administration to end such practices that began in early January and have targeted individuals in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.

“We find such targeting of immigrant women and children – most of whom fled violence and persecution in their home countries – to be inhumane and a grave misuse of limited enforcement resources,” the bishops wrote. “DHS’s action contrasts sharply with the statements articulated by President Obama himself in November 2014, namely, that his administration would pursue the deportation of ‘felons, not families; criminals, not children; gang members, not a Mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids.’”

Bishop Elizondo and Bishop Vann also addressed serious due process concerns. “Some of these cases, and likely many others, illustrate the serious due process issues facing these mothers and children. We object to the removal of any migrants who were apprehended without first confirming that they received actual meaningful opportunities to present their asylum claims at hearings in immigration court,” the bishops wrote.

Bishop Elizondo and Bishop Vann also urged the administration and Congress to adopt long-term solutions such as supporting humanitarian efforts in Central America and addressing the root causes of forced migration.

The full letter is available at: www.usccb.org/about/migration-policy/bishops-statements/upload/Letter-to-Jeh-Johnson-on-Deportations.pdf

2016 Catholic social ministry gathering will bring together Pope Francis’ emphases on ecology, mercy  
Monday, January 18, 2016  11:49 AM
Washington, D.C. - Hundreds of Catholics from across the country who work in ministries at parishes, dioceses, national organizations and college and university campuses will explore the implications of Pope Francis’ teachings on ecology and mercy at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, January 23-26, in Washington. The theme of the gathering, “Called to Live Mercy in Our Common Home,” is meant to echo Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ and the ongoing celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The gathering, which seeks to equip leaders and rising leaders in the Church to bring the voice of faith into the public square, is organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and 16 other national organizations, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Rural Life and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

“Our faith impels us to promote human dignity and to act in solidarity for those most in need, especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is a unique opportunity for people to come together to pray and learn more about issues threatening human life and the dignity of our brothers and sisters here and around the world, issues that include environmental degradation, poverty, war and persecution. Participants will explore ways to address these vital concerns in our shared home.”

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, will celebrate the opening Mass of the gathering on Saturday, January 23. Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vermont, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Communications, will celebrate the closing Mass on Tuesday, January 26.

Bishop Nelson J. Perez, auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, New York, will give the keynote address, January 23. On January 24, Sister Kathleen McManus, O.P., Ph.D., associate professor of theology at the University of Portland, will speak on The Global Suffering of Women as an Ethical Imperative for the Church, and Kathryn J. Edin, Ph.D., Bloomberg distinguished professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, will present on her new book “$2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America.” Meghan Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology and religious studies at St. John's University, will speak on Encounters at the Margins of our Common Home, January 25.

David Brooks and Mark Shields of the PBS NewsHour will discuss the political landscape in Washington with Jonathan Reyes, Ph.D., executive director of USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, at a luncheon, January 24.

Registration and other information is available online: www.catholicsocialministrygathering.org. Media accreditation information available online.

Updates on Twitter are at https://twitter.com/WeAreSaltLight with the hashtag #csmg16.

Collection for the Church in Latin America: 50 years of spreading faith, evangelization  
Friday, January 15, 2016  4:35 PM
Washington, D.C. - From Mayan communities in Guatemala breaking language barriers that bring them closer to the Catholic faith, to at-risk youth and young adults in poverty stricken communities in Colombia and Peru becoming faith leaders in their neighborhoods, these outcomes are possible because of the faithful in the United States who contribute to the Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA). The next collection will be taken in most parishes the weekend of January 23-24.

In 2015, the Collection allocated over $6.8 million through more than 425 grants distributed to 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Collection supports a broad range of pastoral programs throughout the region aimed at deepening the faith. Programs include evangelization, family ministry, formation of laity, prison ministry, youth ministry, and catechesis.

Pope Francis recently commended the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Collection for the Church in Latin America for its work throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

Shareable resources can be found at: www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/latin-america/collection/index.cfm. A blog post on the work of the collection is available at: www.usccb.org/media/blogs-and-columns/entre-amigos/english/collection-for-the-church-in-latin-america-2016.cfm.

Cardinal Dolan’s Roe v. Wade commemoration statement calls pro-life movement to spread ‘a vision of life and love,’ encourages participation in ‘9 days for life’ campaign  
Friday, January 15, 2016  3:50 PM
Washington, D.C. - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone “concerned about the tragedy of abortion” to recommit to a “vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one” on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason – though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us,” wrote Cardinal Dolan. “Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as ‘pro-life,’ a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.”

“Even as Americans remain troubled by abortion,” wrote Cardinal Dolan, a powerful and well-funded lobby holds “that abortion must be celebrated as a positive good for women and society, and those who cannot in conscience provide it are to be condemned for practicing substandard medicine and waging a ‘war on women’.” He said this trend was seen recently when President Obama and other Democratic leaders prevented passage of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, “a modest measure to provide for effective enforcement” of conscience laws.

“While this is disturbing,” said Cardinal Dolan, “it is also an opportunity.” Pro-life Americans should reach out to “the great majority of Americans” who are “open to hearing a message of reverence for life.” He added that “we who present the pro-life message must always strive to be better messengers. A cause that teaches the inexpressibly great value of each and every human being cannot show disdain or disrespect for any fellow human being.” He encouraged Catholics to take part, through prayer and action, in the upcoming “9 Days for Life” campaign, January 16-24. More information on the campaign is available online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxJwfcefUiU

He also cited the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis as a time for women and men to find healing through the Church’s Project Rachel post-abortion ministry.

The full text of Cardinal Dolan’s message is available online http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/cardinal-dolan-statement-on-the-43rd-anniversary-of-roe.cfm

Thousands to participate in 14-hour national prayer vigil for life  
Friday, January 15, 2016  3:20 PM
Washington, D.C. - The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 21-Friday morning, January 22, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass during his recent visit to Washington. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life. The Vigil marks the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion nationwide. Since those decisions, over 56 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.

The principal celebrant and homilist at the Vigil Opening Mass will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. It will be concelebrated by his fellow cardinals and many of the nation's bishops and priests in the Basilica’s Great Upper Church. The 14-hour Vigil continues in the Crypt Church with confessions, a National Rosary for Life, Byzantine Rite Night Prayer, and holy hours led by seminarians from across the country from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. That same evening, The Catholic University of America will host approximately 1,000 pilgrims overnight.

“It’s a huge encouragement to see so many young people praying, fasting, and marching to end abortion,” said Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for pro-life communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “The loss of unborn children often devastates mothers, fathers, and other family members. And in the broader society, if life in the womb is not protected, then no one’s right to life is secure.”

“The Jubilee Year of Mercy calls us to pray for the respect of all vulnerable people, and for the healing of those seeking peace after abortions,” McQuade said.

On the day of the March for Life, January 22, the Basilica will host Morning Prayer in the Crypt Church and then the Vigil’s Closing Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the Great Upper Church, with Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh as principal celebrant and homilist.

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is co-sponsored by the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America.

Media are welcome to attend the Opening Mass and speak with and interview pilgrims throughout the 14-hour Vigil.

Media should check in at the Basilica’s Great Upper Church Sacristy and present press credentials to Jacquelyn Hayes or a designated Basilica press representative to receive a press pass. Advance registration is preferred. Footage from the Mass may also be obtained by satellite feed courtesy of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). For coordinates, or to register, contact Jacquelyn Hayes, director of communications for the Basilica, at 202-281-0615 or jmh@bnsic.org.

For more details on the overnight National Prayer Vigil for Life and other Washington, DC, Roe v. Wade events, visit www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events. To join thousands nationwide in prayer and action during the U.S. bishops’ annual pro-life novena, January 16-24, visit www.9daysforlife.com.

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. 

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