Put your faith into action.
This edition of “Notes for Neighbors” can help you put faith in action by loving your neighbor in your own back yard and on the other side of the globe. We hope you will enjoy these resources and share them with others.
Featured Quote from Pope Francis
“This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio of Pope Paul VI. That Encyclical, in developing the Christian concept of the person, set forth the notion of integral human development and proposed it as ‘the new name of peace.’ . . . Progress that is both effective and inclusive can achieve the utopia of a world free of deadly instruments of aggression, contrary to the criticism of those who consider idealistic any process of dismantling arsenals. The teaching of John XXIII remains ever valid. In pointing to the goal of an integral disarmament, he stated: ‘Unless this process of disarmament be thoroughgoing and complete, and reach men’s very souls, it is impossible to stop the arms race, or to reduce armaments, or – and this is the main thing – ultimately to abolish them entirely’ (Pacem in Terris, 11 April 1963).”
– Pope Francis, Address to Participants in the International Symposium
“Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament,” 11/10/17
In the News
The following stories highlight Church leaders’ words and work around recent current events.
- Press releases expressing disappointment in House Passage of Tax Bill, reviewing the U.S. Senate tax plan and the House tax reform bill, and outlining moral principles that should guide tax policy.
- Press releases responding to the mass shooting in Texas and urging leaders to adopt reasonable policies to curb gun violence.
- Press releases opposing termination of the Central American Minors Program, sharing a report recommending extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, and responding to the 6-month extension of TPS for Honduras
- USCCB Chairmen Urge Congress to Provide International Funding for Climate Change
- Statement on the Emerging Crisis in Puerto Rico and the Response by the Catholic Church
From ToGoForth.org, blog of the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development
Here are some recent blog posts that may be of interest to you.
- Persecution: Solidarity in Suffering
- Inspired by Christ to Counter Indifference through Advocacy
- Keeping Housing Affordable for Generation After Generation
- Advocating and Educating on the Federal Budget in a Parish
Urge Continued Protection for Haitians While Their Country Continues to Recover
Join with USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants to urge the Administration to provide an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, and to provide a legislative solution in Congress that will preserve the ability of TPS recipients to continue living and working legally in the U.S. Take action now.
Bilingual Liturgical Aid Now Available for Poverty Awareness Month (January)
A new liturgical aid (also en Español) for Jan. 28, 2018 is available to help Catholics reflect on the Sunday readings in light of Poverty Awareness Month. The aid includes a homily help, Prayers of the Faithful, bulletin text, activity ideas, and an option for celebrating the Mass For the Progress of Peoples. Please share this aid with parish leaders, as well as the online and print calendar (also en Español), the longer daily reflections (also en Español), and the sign up link to receive the daily reflections by email. Catholics can also participate via Facebook and Twitter.
Diversity Scholarship Deadline Extended to by Nov. 30; Register Now for CSMG
The deadline is extended to Nov. 30 to apply for Diversity Outreach Initiative scholarships to fund registration and accommodations to attend the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) on Feb. 3-6, 2018.
Finally, don’t forget to register to participate in CSMG by Nov. 27, 2017 in order to get the early registration rate. Find out more about this fantastic opportunity for U.S. leaders in Catholic social action to pray, network, advocate for social justice, and form emerging leaders in service to the Church and society.
Day of Prayer and Week of Awareness for Persecuted Christians
Sunday, Nov. 26, is a Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians and the first day of “Solidarity in Suffering,” a Week of Awareness and Education. USCCB is collaborating with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services, CNEWA and Aid to the Church in Need on this observance. Visit this webpage for resources and on social media, use #SolidarityInSuffering.