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May is Mental Health Month
World Refugee Day – June 20
One out of every four families experiences mental illness. The National Catholic Partnership on Disability offers parish resources on mental health: prayers, background information, and parish tools, http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/specific/mentalillness.
Diocesan Senior Citizens Day Celebration – June 6
The diocesan Senior Citizens Day Celebration will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church, 10700 Liberty Road South, Powell, in Tuesday, June 6. Bishop Campbell will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m. Mass is followed by a luncheon. This annual event is a great opportunity for seniors to meet with other seniors 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 email@example.com. Registrations are requested by June 1.
Greater Columbus Right to Life's Annual Banquet – June 12
6 p.m. Villa Milano, Columbus. Featured speaker is Lila Rose of Live Action. This event supports the efforts of GCRTL to foster respect for life throughout the year. For registration details, visit www.gcrtl.org.
USCCB has a tool kit for World Refugee Day which falls on June 20. A great resource for parishes, the kit includes sample prayers, talking points, media templates, and parish activity suggestions. Visit the USCCB Justice for Immigrants website at https://justiceforimmigrants.org/?s=parish+kit. The Bishops of Ohio released a letter on immigrants and refugees. To read the letter, visit www.ohiocathconf.org.
Fortnight for Freedom – June 21 to July 4
Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day. Visit the USCCB website at www.fortnight4freedom.org.
Mass and Holy Hour for Religious Freedom – June 28
As part of the national Fortnight for Freedom, a Mass and Holy Hour for Religious Freedom will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 28, 5:15 p.m., at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 212 East Broad Street, Columbus. The Mass will conclude with a Holy Hour beginning with a rosary for Religious Freedom and Liberty, followed by silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and concluding with Benediction. All persons are invited to participate in this special evening of prayer. For more information, please contact Saint Joseph Cathedral by calling (614) 224-1295, or the diocesan Office of Social Concerns at (614) 241-2540. Elevator access to the Cathedral is available via the west entrance (in the courtyard) from East Broad Street. For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom, please visit www.fortnight4freedom.org.