Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Five Things To Remember On July 28

1. A nurse, a chastity educator, and the retired director of the bishops’ national grassroots organization received the 2015 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement, July 27, during the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Kansas. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the USCCB, presented the awards to Nancy Valko, Molly Kelly, and Michael Taylor. Over 120 diocesan, state and national Catholic pro-life leaders and guests from across the country attended the private awards dinner sponsored by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

2. The July 24 ruling by Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court of California ordering the Obama administration to release from detention families fleeing violence in Central America was applauded today by Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration. The administration has pursued a detention policy for these families –young mothers with children– as a means to deter other families from migrating to the United States.

3. Pope Francis tweeted about marriage this morning, aiming his message to young people.
4. The Archdiocese of Chicago will set a benchmark for all of its buildings for energy efficiency.

5. God loves you.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Five Things To Remember On July 27

1. Forty-five thousand sign up for next year's World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland only a few hours after registration opened yesterday. Pope Francis was the first to register. Follow WYDUSA.org for all U.S. pilgrim information.

2. Cardinal William Baum, former archbishop of Washington and the longest serving U.S. Cardinal, died Thursday. Learn more about his life and see remembrances of his contributions to the Catholic Church.

3. Catholic News Service launched a new version of their site. Check out all the great features at CatholicNews.com.

4. Natural Family Planning Awareness Week came to a close during the weekend, but you can find an NFP class through USCCB.org.

5. God loves you.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five Things To Remember On July 23

1. USCCB President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz spoke today on Catholic Radio on XM about recent abortion issues in the news. Listen to his interview:

2. Catholic News Service looks at how, over time, Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States has blossomed. Learn more about his three-city visit.
3. In case you missed it, the USCCB's Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved 177 grants totaling more than $5.2 million in aid to finance pastoral, educational, and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Funding for these grants comes from the annual Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.
4. Earlier this week, Catholic News Service profiled Bishop-elect Robert Barron and his use of various media to evangelize.
5. God loves you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Five Things To Remember On July 22

1. Two months from today, Pope Francis will arrive in the U.S. See the schedule of his apostolic visit to the U.S.

2. Pope Francis told mayors from around the world that he worries about the idolatry of technocracy.

3. Learn about the benefits of Natural Family Planning during NFP Awareness Week.

4. In case you missed it, USCCB committee chairmen have called for the end of the death penalty.

5. God loves you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Five Things To Remember On July 21

1.  Watch the stream of the press conference introducing three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Archbishop José H. Gomez will be leading the press conference as he welcomes his new auxiliaries.
2. Learn more about the Bishop-elects Brennan, O'Connell and Barron.
3. Many people say they have heard of Natural Family Planning but aren’t quite sure what it is. Take time to learn the basics of NFP.
4. Pope Francis is encouraging mayors to put the environment and human trafficking concerns at the top of their priorities.
5. God loves you.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Five Things To Remember On July 20

1. Bishops James Massa and Witold Mroziewsk will be ordained in the Diocese of Brooklyn and you catch live at http://netny.tv at 1:30 p.m. today.

2. Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke of the “the words of the Shepherd.” He said Jesus sees people “with the eyes of the heart."

3. Catholic News Service looks at some of the iconic backgrounds for Pope Francis' trip to D.C. this September.

4. It's been a month since the release of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', but people are still talking about Catholic teachings on the environment.

5. God loves you.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Five Things To Remember On July 17

1. Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Catholic Education, applauded recent action by the Senate and the House to reauthorize the Elementary Secondary and Education Act (ESEA). The Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), July 16. The House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act (HR 5), July 8. Both bills contain significant improvements for providing equitable services for students and teachers in religious, private and independent schools.

2. Join today's Call To Prayer at http://usccb.org/pray

3. In case you missed it: The bishops chairing two committees of the USCCB renewed the bishops’ opposition to the death penalty in a message, July 16. The message commemorated the 10th anniversary of the bishops’ Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty and their accompanying message, “A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death.”

4. Catholic News Service has a fun piece on how to greet and understand Pope Francis, based off his recent visit to South America. The pope will be in the U.S. this September.

5. God loves you.