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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Petition urges CDC to update misleading info on natural family planning (Arlington Catholic Herald, June 13, 2017)

http://www.catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Health___Wellness/Petition_urges_CDC_to_update_misleading_info_on_natural_family_planning/

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ask the CDC to report accurate data on side-effect free and effective Fertility Awareness Based Methods

http://petition.naturalwomanhood.org/cdc/

Call your state rep now on an important pro-life issue (Pa Pro Life, 6/27/17)


From: Maria
Sent: ‎6/‎27/‎2017 9:57 AM
To: gallagher@paprolife.org
Subject: Call your state rep now on an important pro-life issue

Dear Pro-Life Leaders,

 

Please call and email your state representative now with this important message: "I do not want my right to vote for judges to be taken away. Please oppose House Bill 111!"

 

Pro-abortion groups such as the ACLU, the Women's Law Project, and billionaire abortion backer George Soros want to take away your right to vote for judges for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Superior Court, and the Commonwealth. Instead, they want a pro-abortion Governor to appoint these judges based on a list of names submitted by a small, elite group of unelected, unaccountable people. That's why we need to work to defeat House Bill 111, which would set up a system of so-called "merit selection" of judges—taking away the people's right to vote for these important office holders.  

 

If you don't know who your state representative is, or you need contact information, please visit http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#address .

 

Thank you for making these critical calls and sending these important emails!

 

All the best,

 

Maria V. Gallagher

Legislative Director

Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

www.paprolife.org

717-541-0034

 

"...Elisha promised, 'This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.'"

 On the right side of the home page is a link to email the White House and the Pa Delegation in D.C. on federal/international matters, as well as a link to email the Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg on state matters.

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070217.cfm
  • Solemnity of Saints Peter (1,2) and Paul (1), Apostles (6/29/17)
  • Memorial of St. Irenaeus (1), Bishop and Martyr (6/28/17)
  • Nuncio encourages Christians to return to Iraq (CNA, 6/27/17)
  • Terrorists desecrate Eucharist, destroy Catholic chapel in the Philippines (EWTN/CNA, 6/27/17)
  • South Sudan churches decry warring factions for ignoring people’s needs (CNS, 6/26/17)
  • Message of the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on the occasion of the International Day against Abuse and Illicit Trafficking of Drugs (6/26/17)
  • This beautiful church was a gift from Slovakia to Icelandic Catholics (CNA, 6/24/17)
  • What can priests practically do to combat the porn epidemic? (EWTN, 6/14/17)

State Issues (6/27/17 update)

Pa Catholic Conference

Prioritize Funding for Women's Primary Health Care
"Health care facilities that provide a wide range of women's services should have priority for receiving our limited federal and state tax dollars over those that offer limited services and focus on abortion....Please support Senate Bill 300."
"The positive, prospective changes in SB 261 will hold more abusers accountable for their crimes and will require all organizations, public and private, to improve their vigilance for keeping the children in their care safe. The Senate determined that amendments to allow retroactive lawsuits to be filed would be unconstitutional in Pennsylvania.  Regardless, it is definitely unfair to today's individual Catholics. Bankrupting my parish, Catholic school, or diocese today penalizes the wrong people for the crimes of the past."
While the Pa Catholic Conference is supporting SB 554, the  fact that Senator Daylin Leach is one of its prime sponsors suggests that there should be careful assessment of  whether this legislation and its implications are truly consistent with Catholic teaching
"House Bill 250, which would increase tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $50 million (raising it to $175 million) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program by $25 million (raising it to $75 million), overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support....urge all lawmakers to invest in success and support the expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs by voting YES on a state budget that includes an increase in the programs' line items."
After passing both chambers, are we shamefully seeing SB 3 stalemated and HB 77 stalemated?
Federal issue - "Urge our [United States] Senators to support H.R. 7 to permanently protect our tax dollars from paying for or promoting elective abortions."
"proposals which seek to add 'gender identity or expression' and 'sexual orientation' to Pennsylvania's non-discrimination law....[are] intolerant and prejudiced against people of faith"

Pa Pro Life Federation 


Call your state rep now on an important pro-life issue (Pa Pro Life, 6/27/17)

Monday, June 26, 2017

FW: Act Now to Support Increasing Education Tax Credits!


From: Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
Sent: ‎6/‎26/‎2017 8:07 AM
To: Faithful InTheEighth
Subject: Act Now to Support Increasing Education Tax Credits!

Pennsylvania's constitutional deadline of June 30 to pass a state budget is quickly approaching.House Bill 250, which would increase tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit
Pennsylvania's constitutional deadline of June 30 to pass a state budget is quickly approaching.

House Bill 250, which would increase tax credits available under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program by $50 million (raising it to $175 million) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program by $25 million (raising it to $75 million), overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

Budget negotiations are taking place and this issue is currently being considered, so NOW is the time to remind members of the House to maintain support for an increase and to urge state senators to follow suit by voting for EITC and OSTC increases!

The EITC and the OSTC programs have always achieved bipartisan support and have been acclaimed as two of the best educational programs Pennsylvania offers to students in both public and private schools.

The tax credit scholarships have been an investment that has paid dividends for students seeking a Catholic or other private education in Pennsylvania. Every Catholic school in all corners of this great Commonwealth benefits from the EITC or OSTC programs.

Each year more than 40,000 families get a scholarship that permits the parents to send their children to a school that best meets their needs. It gives these families a true choice in the right educational path for their children.

We need your help to urge all lawmakers to invest in success and support the expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs by voting YES on a state budget that includes an increase in the programs' line items. 
 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Church of Peter's Primacy in the Holy Land


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National NFP Awareness Week 2017

National NFP Awareness Week (USCCB, 7/23/17 - 7/29/17) 
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/awareness-week/

Jesus' grandparents

"An ancient story dating to the first centuries of the Church’s life recalls how Saints Anne and Joachim, like Abraham and Sarah, were scorned by their neighbors because they had no children.

"Years of longing did not weaken their trust in God, but grief eventually drove Saint Joachim into the wilderness to fast and pray. Saint Anne, remaining at home, dressed in mourning clothes and wept because she had no child of her own. Seeing her mistress distressed, a servant girl reminded Anne to put her trust in God. Saint Anne washed her face, put on her bridal clothes and went to a garden to plead with God for a child.

"Angels appeared to Saint Anne in her garden and Saint Joachim in the desert, promising that, despite their old age, they would give birth to a child who would be known throughout the world. The new parents ran to meet one another at Jerusalem’s Golden Gate, and with a kiss rejoiced in the new life which God had promised would be theirs.

"Saints Anne and Joachim are powerful intercessors for all married couples, expectant mothers and married couples who are having difficulty conceiving, as well as all who have grown old" (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops).

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father."

 On the right side of the home page is a link to email the White House and the Pa Delegation in D.C. on federal/international matters, as well as a link to email the Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg on state matters.

http://faithfulinthe8th.blogspot.com/2017/06/what-you-hear-whispered-proclaim-from.html
  • On the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, a look at his hometown (6/24/17)

  • Sistine Chapel images @ WTC (6/24/17)
  • Free to Serve (USCCB, 6/22/17)

  • Fortnight for Freedom 2017 (USCCB, 6/21/17 - 7/4/17)
    Saint (Bishop) John Fisher and Saint Thomas More stood firmly with the Pope, as he declined Henry VIII’s demand for a declaration of marital nullity after abandoning his wife (See Katherine of Aragon: the  Official Website for Her Cause.).  A half millenium later, spousal abandonment is a plague: "In a world that would have us believe that divorce is just an opportunity for a new start, the Church’s message must be loud and clear: We will hold fast to our ancient teachings on marriage – for the sake of our souls, our families, and our civilization." (Dr. Hilary Towers, Catholic News Agency, 3/4/11).

  • "In the fight against evil, we Christians do not despair. Christianity cultivates an incurable confidence" (Pope Francis, 6/21/17)
  • Christian population of Iraq, Syria halved since 2011 (CWN, 6/15/17)

  • Growing family culture locally: the church /Migration makes the local church as a home even more necessary (Mercatornet, 6/15/17)
  • What can priests practically do to combat the porn epidemic? (EWTN, 6/14/17)
  • Pope Francis' Message for the First World Day of the Poor, 11/19/17 (released on 6/13/17)
  • Conscience: "that still small voice that people won't listen to" (J.Cricket) (6/13/17)
  • ‘Catholic Church committed to protecting migrants’ (Pope Francis, 6/12/17)
    • Dozens of Iraqi Christians arrested in immigration roundup, face deportation (CWN, 6/12/17)
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/index.cfm

On the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, a look at his hometown (6/24/17)






 

 

 
 





 

 
  

The 10 Commandments

The Beatitudes (from "Jesus of Nazareth")

Christifideles Laici

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Our representation in D.C....

Click the below image, to check on the status of federal legislation:
Click the below images, to ascertain what pro-life and pro-marriage/family legislation is being sponsored or co-sponsored (as well as what legislation is NOT being sponsored or co-sponsored):
https://www.congress.gov/member/brian-fitzpatrick/F000466?q={%22search%22:[%22brian+fitzpatrick%22]}&r=1

To check U.S. House votes:

To check U.S. Senate votes:

Contacts:

Bucks County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Bucks County in the Pennsylvania Senate

Contacting Our Governor

717 787 2500 or governor@pa.gov.

Contacting Our Bishops