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27 March 2012 Vol. I No. 27


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Religious Freedom

The U.S. bishops have urged Catholics and "all people of faith" across the nation to observe March 30 as a day of prayer and fasting for religious freedom and conscience protection. The bishops announced the daylong observance in a statement titled "United for Religious Freedom" that was approved March 14 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee. They asked Catholics and others to join them in "prayer and penance for our leaders and for the complete protection of our first freedom -- religious liberty -- which is not only protected in the laws and customs of our great nation, but rooted in the teachings of our great tradition."

Prayer for Religious Liberty

Click here for prayer resources, petitions, and information about the HHS Mandate that can be used for homilies and liturgies and disseminated to parishioners and schools that have been posted on the USCCB website. Also, "Prayer for Religious Liberty" prayer cards are available as a downloadable PDF file. The cards are available in English and Spanish, and feature three different images: Mary as the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the U.S.; Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn; and St. Thomas More, the patron saint of the legal profession who was martyred for standing up for his religious beliefs.

USCCB Blog Series

Click here for the third entry in "Catholics Care. Catholics Vote," the USCCB blog series on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. This week's post looks at how the responsibility for moral choices in the political process falls to the individual.

Health and Human Services' Sacrosanct Mandate

Reams of paper emanate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about how to "accommodate" religious groups that are upset by the recent HHS mandate. Click here for more information.

Action Alert on Healthcare Freedom of Conscience Bill

Click here for an action alert from the Nebraska Catholic Conference asking our help to urge state senators to advance the Healthcare Freedom of Conscience Bill, LB 461.

Video on HHS Mandate

Click here for a great new video from Fr. Pontifex and Spirit Juice Studios regarding the HHS Mandate.

Religious liberty group calls new mandate proposals inadequate

A legal group that works to defend religious freedom says new government recommendations on implementing the federal contraception mandate fail to address religious groups' concerns. Click here for more information.

Abortion funding still required under health care law

A federal regulation requiring Americans to fund elective abortions under the health care reform law has yet to change and continues to spark outrage from pro-life advocates across the country. Click here for more information.

Contraception mandate violates federal law, say legal experts

Legal experts believe that the Obama administration's contraception mandate fails to meet requirements needed to limit freedom of religion under federal law. Click here for more information.

Family Life Office Calendar

Click here for the April – June 2012 Family Life Office Connections Calendar.


World-Wide FertilityCare Week

There is an alternative to artificial methods of birth control and artificial reproductive technologies. Learn about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, a new reproductive science that is highly effective in achieving and avoiding pregnancy, and offers couples who are experiencing infertility the hope of achieving pregnancy while following the teachings of the Catholic Church. World-Wide FertilityCare Week is March 25-31, 2012. Click here for more information, or contact the FertilityCare Center of Omaha at 402.392.0842. Call in March or April to receive 20% off your introductory session and 1st follow-up. Code: FertilityCare Week.

Palm Sunday Production

Our Lady of Guadalupe-St. Agnes parish invites you to attend Mi Cristo Roto (My Broken Christ), a theatrical production in Spanish that is open to persons of any language or background. Presented by Alberto Mayagoitia, this play is a way to meditate on Christ during the season of Lent, and a neat experience for students of Spanish. The play will be offered at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Palm Sunday, April 1, in the St. Agnes gym, 5221 S. 23rd St., Omaha. Cost is $15 per person; children under 10 are free. Snacks will be available. For more information, call Conchita Mayorga at 402.686.1600. Click here for a flier.

Walk for Justice

Remember Christ's passion on Good Friday by remembering his continued suffering in those who are impoverished and forgotten. Join the Walk for Justice on Friday, April 6, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene, 19th and Dodge Streets. We will walk to the courthouse, the jail, and other buildings while meditating on the Stations of the Cross. This event is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Social Ministry Commission. Click here for more information or contact Omar Gutiérrez at 402.558.3100.

Bible Study

Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study will host a special visitor's night on Thursday, April 12. If you are looking for a Bible study, please check it out. Open registration for next year begins that same evening, on a first come first served basis. Click here for all the information. You may also register here after April 12.

Made for Love: Discernment Retreat

This retreat, April 13-15, is for single women, age 17-35, desiring to grow in their capacity to discern God's activity in their heart and discover the beautiful vocation dwelling within. Experience silence, Mass, Confession, fellowship, conferences, spiritual direction with retreat directors: Father Scott Traynor and the Apostolic Oblate of Pro Sanctity. Click here for more information. Registration is due by April 9. Sponsored by the Pro Sanctity Movement.

Mass of Thanksgiving

Please join the Brides of the Victorious Lamb, a private association of the Christian Faithful, for a Mass of Thanksgiving in recognition of their new community. The Mass, with Archbishop George J. Lucas presiding, will be Saturday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 36th & Q Streets, Omaha. For more information, please call 402.733.3777.

Conference for Women

Father Scott Traynor will be presenting a retreat for women, May 11-12, 2012, at the Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center in Irene, South Dakota. Please click here for more information or visit the Broom Tree website to see all the retreats they offer.

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