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USCCB president calls for aid to assist with Oklahoma tornado recovery efforts

The 2013 storm season has only just begun and already we have witnessed a tragedy in Oklahoma of unprecedented proportions. Relief efforts of many government and social aid agencies, including Catholic Charities USA, are already in action delivering emergency service to the affected areas.

On behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has requested a special appeal for the 2013 storms and disasters. In the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted would like you to be aware of this request and respond in whatever way you see fit.   

The Church must serve as a primary source of healing and peace when tragedies such as this occur. Your prayers and financial assistance are very important. The funds collected for the special appeal for the 2013 storms and disasters will be used to support the efforts of the USCCB and Catholic Charities, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Those who wish to contribute can send financial aid to:

2013 Tornado and Disaster Recovery Collection
The Diocese of Phoenix
400 E. Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ  85004

PLEASE NOTE: Memo portion of check should state “2013 Tornado Recovery”

Five things to remember — November 28, 2012

From the USCCB blog:

  1. The decision by the Supreme Court Nov. 26 to direct the Fourth Circuit to hear Liberty University’s appeal from the dismissal of its lawsuit is the right one. There is a serious impact on religious freedom when the government can coerce a religious organization to provide sterilization and contraception, including abortion-inducing contraceptives, when these directly violate the beliefs of the religious group. The courts must consider how this impacts freedom of religion and whether it violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  2. Christmas time might find some parish seminarians helping in their home parish. There are 5,015 seminarians enrolled in the United States, 3,346 enrolled in diocesan seminaries and 1,669 enrolled in religious-order seminaries.
  3. The coming of Advent December 2 is a time to note that there is more that unites us than divides us. For example, despite real differences in our understanding of God, Muslims have always shown great respect for Jesus and his Mother.
  4. Today begins the second year of the New Roman Missal. What an amazing educational campaign that reached more than 18,000 parishes across the country in a short period of time. Listen to Monsignor Richard Hilgartner, executive director of the USSCB’s office of divine worship, talk about the first year Missal translation:
  5. God loves you.

Five things Catholics should know - November 16, 2012

  1. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection is this weekend. CCHD is the bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program. It funds programs in urban, rural, and suburban settings that lift people out of poverty.
  2. In the recent election, there was a stronger vote for defense of marriage in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington State than for the GOP slate. Looks like defense of marriage is a bi-partisan issue.
  3. Voters in Massachusetts voted down a physician-assisted suicide initiative. There’s a victory for life and something the Bay State can bay about.
  4. Catholics are on the Internet but are missing out on Catholic sites, including those on Facebook.
  5. God loves you.
Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.