MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
The National Catholic Partnership on Disability offers catechetical resources, webinars, and tools including a wonderful DVD & resource booklet Welcomed and Valued: Supporting People with Mental Illness in Parish Life. For more information about these resources, visit the NCPD website at www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/specific/mentalillness or contact NCPD at (202) 529-2933.
CELEBRATE THE CONTRIBUTION OF FARMERS - May 15
May 15 is the feast day of St. Isidore the farmer. Catholic Rural Life offers ways to celebrate St. Isidore’s feast day and the contribution of farmers. Visit Catholic Rural Life’s website at www.catholicrurallife.org. The Catholic Conference of Ohio also has resources on Catholic rural life at www.ohiocathconf.org/Issues/category/rural-life.
YEAR OF MERCY SERIES:
During this Year of Mercy, St. Mary Magdalene will present a series of speakers on the topics of Mercy. All events are free of charge, and will be held at St. Mary Magdalene, 473 Roys Ave., Columbus. Please RSVP to Cindy at email@example.com or 614-274-1311 x13. St. Mary Magdalene extends a special thanks to the series sponsors, The Catholic Foundation and the diocesan Office for Social Concerns. Upcoming topics:
Wednesday, May 18 @ 12 noon
Care for Creation - Laudato Si - What does that have to do with me? Pope Francis wrote: "In the world of 'Laudato Si' there is no room for selfishness or indifference. One cannot care for the rest of nature “if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings” (No. 91). What Laudato Si is about is a "change of heart". Join us on Wednesday May 18 @ 12 noon. This is a lunch and learn opportunity with Jerry Freewalt from the diocesan Office for Social Concerns. Come and hear more about Laudato Si and our care for creation. Please bring your brown bag lunch. Soft drinks will be provided. We will meet in the church basement.
Tuesday, June 21 @ 7 pm
Welcome the Stranger: Angela Johnston of the diocesan Catholic Latino Ministry (desserts)
MY HOUSE SEXUAL INTEGRITY AWARENESS WEEKEND – JUNE 4 & 5
Bishop Campbell has approved the third annual My House Sexual Integrity Weekend to promote awareness about the dangers of pornography addiction and the call to sexual integrity for all Catholics. Parishes are invited to participate by using theme-based homily suggestions, hosting an information table, and/or distributing resources in the pews. My House representatives will be connecting with parishes by early May. Contact Doug Smith at My House at 614-371-2595 to arrange material delivery for your parish. For information about My House, visit www.myhousecolumbus.net.
DIOCESAN SENIOR CITIZENS CELEBRATION - JUNE 6
Join us for the 39th annual diocesan Senior Citizens Celebration on Monday, June 6, 2016, at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 785 Newark-Granville Road, Granville. Bishop Campbell will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m. Mass is followed by a luncheon. This annual event is a great opportunity of faith, food, and fellowship with senior citizens from around the diocese. Registration for the celebration is $10. To register, send a check payable to the Office for Social Concerns, Catholic Diocese of Columbus, 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. For questions, call 614-241-2540 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations are requested by June 1.
CARE FOR THE UNBORN & INFANT MORTALITY
Several prolife bills calling for a reduction of abortions are working their way through the Ohio General Assembly and Congress. In Ohio, bills include prohibiting Down Syndrome abortions and building greater attention to fight infant mortality. For updates visit: OHIO: www.ohiocathconf.org. FEDERAL: www.nchla.org.
MOLST: MEDICAL ORDERS FOR LIFE SUSTAINING TREATMENT
The Catholic Conference of Ohio has taken a position of watchful neutrality of SB 165. This measure recently passed the Ohio Senate and will now be in committee of the Ohio House. For more details, visit www.ohiocatholicconf.org/issues/category/euthanasia-assisted-suicide/ohio-senate-passes-molst-medical-orders-for-life-sustaining-treatment-legislation.
CRS RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE IN ECUADOR
On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador. One of the most powerful in Latin America over the last two decades, it is known to have killed over 400 people with the toll still rising. Hundreds more have been injured, and there are reports of widespread damage to buildings, roads and other infrastructure. Given the widespread impact, Catholic Relief Services is coordinating with other humanitarian organizations and our partners to determine priorities. Water, food and emergency shelter will be the biggest needs in the coming days. Donations may be made directly to CRS on their website (http://www.crs.org/stories/emergency-response). For more information, contact Erin Cordle, diocesan CRS director at 614-241-2540, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a the upcoming election, immigration reform will be a key issue in the debate. The immigration system is broken. Visit the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants Campaign website for the latest action alerts and education resources, www.justiceforimmigrants.org.
It looks as through executions will not take place in Ohio in 2017 until the state finds a way to determine a new method of lethal injection. However, the Ohio General Assembly will debate a bill on mental illness and the death penalty. It is hoped for that the Ohio General Assembly will take up recommendations of the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force. www.ohiocathconf.org. Also sign on to the Faith Leader's Letter calling Ohio to end the use of the death penalty at www.otse.org.
SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS UPDATE
In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, there is growing pushback not to welcome Syrian refugees into the United States. However USCCB’s migration chair called for continued welcome and the urgency to work for peace, www.usccb.org/news/2015/15-157.cfm. For talking points from USCCB Migration & Refugee Services about Syrian refugee resettlement in the wake of the Paris attacks, visit http://files.ctctcdn.com/f9bc2f39201/810ce5c8-75b4-4967-8a0f-b6451b87a09b.pdf. For other information and resources visit: CRS website: www.crs.org/media-center/current-issues/syrian-refugees, USCCB website: www.usccb.org/about/migration-policy/syrian-refugee-crisis.cfm or contact Erin Cordle, diocesan CRS director, at 614-241-2540, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of ways to respond.
Thank you for your advocacy efforts! In this Year of Mercy, help work and advocate for pathways for ex-offenders to start over. Help reduce barriers and build bridges to successful reentry. There are many other legislative issues on criminal justice that need your advocacy such as the Second Chance Act, visit www.usccb.org/jphd.
GREEN CLIMATE FUND
CATHOLICS CONFRONT GLOBAL POVERTY
Join Catholic Relief Services’ CCFP and receive action alerts on important international humanitarian assistance. A current focus includes urging Congress to pass the Green Climate Fund. This fund will help developing countries to mitigate impacts of climate change. To join CCFP, visit www.confrontglobalpoverty.org.