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September 25, 2017 – Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

The Parable of the Lamp Luke 8:16-18 Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom must go out into the world. This is the mission of all disciples. In the same way that it makes no sense to light a lamp and then cover it so that it does not illuminate the darkness, the Good News is not to be kept secret. It is to be heard, understood, and spread throughout the world. Prayer: Sharing faith with those who hold similar beliefs is easy. I pray for the courage to share with those who have not heard your word or seen your light.

September 24, 2017 – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Workers in the Vineyard Matthew 20:1-16A The workers are sent out at various times throughout the day. At the end of the day they are called in and paid, the last first and the first last. This is certainly not what is expected, especially by those who worked the entire day. It is completely out of line with human justice, yet absolutely in line with God’s justice and generosity. Prayer: Lord, you are fair and just. Your generosity is astounding. I pray that you keep me from an attitude of entitlement at the expense of justice.

September 23, 2017 – Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

The Parable of the Sower/The Purpose of the Parables/The Parable of the Sower Explained Luke 8:4-15 Though the title of the parable highlights the sower, some say it should be called the Parable of the Sowing, of the seed, God’s Word. This particular parable is in all three of the Synoptic Gospels, which makes sense since it is about the word of God. It is one thing to simply hear the word and another to hear with a receptive heart, which implies acting on what one has heard. Prayer: I pray, Lord, to hear, receive, and keep your word “with a generous heart”.

U.S. Bishops Welcome Bipartisan Bill that Seeks Climate Solutions

WASHINGTON— Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Bishop Oscar Cantú voiced their support for the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017, a bill that would establish a bipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission.

"This bill has the potential to inspire positive and concrete solutions towards protecting our common home," said Bishops Dewane and Cantú. They urged legislators to support H.R. 2326, a bill introduced by Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) who is a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.

Bishop Dewane is the Bishop of Venice, Florida and chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop Cantú is the Bishop of Las Cruces, and chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the USCCB.

The chairmen, in a joint letter of support to each of the sponsors, noted that this would be "an important bipartisan step for protecting the environment and mitigating the harmful effects of climate change." There is a need, said the bishops, for "courageous actions and strategies aimed at promoting an integral ecology that considers together the protection of nature, the need for equitable economic development and the promotion of human dignity, especially that of the poor."

The full letter can be found at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/letter-to-congress-on-climate-solutions-commission-act-2017-09-15.cfm.

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Keywords:  Bishop Oscar Cantú, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Bishop Frank Dewane, Venice, Florida, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Committee on International Justice and Peace, Pope Francis, USCCB, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, climate change, creation, environment, Laudato Si'.

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200

President of U.S. Bishops Conference Statement on Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on the impact of Hurricane Maria. The storm has devastated Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica. Now downgraded to Category-3 winds, the storm is expected to bring more heavy rain and flash floods as it makes landfall later today in the Turks and Caicos.

Full statement follows:

"Just as we begin to assess the material and emotional damage of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the devastation of yet another storm, Hurricane Maria, has struck the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica, and has battered Puerto Rico with catastrophic effects unprecedented in the island's modern history. I exhort the faithful to solidarity in this time of great need for our brothers and sisters in harm's way—many of whom have been hit repeatedly by the successive hurricanes.

"Casting aside any temptation to despair, and full of hope in the loving Providence of God, we pray that our Father may receive unto his loving presence those who have lost their lives, may he comfort the grieving, and may he fortify the courage and resilience of those whose lives have been uprooted by these disasters. May he extend the might of his right hand and bid the sea be 'quiet' and 'still' (Mark 4:39)."

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, Turks and Caicos Islands, solidarity.

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200

September 22, 2017 – Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Galilean Women Follow Jesus Luke 8:1-3 A group of women travel with Jesus and his disciples. They are grateful for having been healed by Jesus, so out of their means they provide for the needs of the group. Like his association with sinners and tax collectors, Jesus transcends prejudice and custom. Prayer: What a gift and privilege it is to journey with you today. Sustain me in the work I do for you.

Recognize Harm to Poor and Amend “Graham-Cassidy” Bill Say U.S. Bishop Chairmen

WASHINGTON—On September 21, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin called on the U.S. Senate to "think of the harm that will be caused to poor and vulnerable people" by provisions contained in the "Graham-Cassidy" health care legislation. They urged Senators to "amend the legislation while retaining its positive features."

"The Graham-Cassidy bill includes a Medicaid 'per capita cap' that was part of previous bills which have been rejected," said the Bishops. "The Medicaid caps will fundamentally restructure this vital program which supports the medical needs of those most in need. Over time, these modifications will result in deep funding cuts and lost coverage for millions of people," the chairmen cautioned. "Our nation must not attempt to address its fiscal concerns by placing an insufferable health care burden on the backs of the poor."

The Bishop-chairmen called on the Senate to keep protections found in Graham-Cassidy that ensure that no federal funds are used for abortion or go to plans that cover it. "This improvement is praiseworthy, and it is essential that any improved final bill retain these key provisions which would finally address grave moral problems in our current health care system," they said. "We also applaud that Graham-Cassidy redirects funds from organizations that provide abortion."

Cardinal Dolan is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Lori chairs the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Bishop Dewane heads the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop Vásquez is the USCCB chairman of the Committee on Migration.

The Bishops urged the Senate to work together to address looming health care problems for the good of all. "Decisions about the health of our citizens—a concern fundamental to each of us—should not be made in haste simply because an artificial deadline looms. The far-reaching implications of Congress' actions are too significant for that kind of governance," they said. "Instead, the common good should call you to come together in a bi-partisan way to pass thoughtful legislation that addresses the life, conscience, immigrant access, market stability and affordability problems that now exist."

The full letter can be found at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/upload/Senate-Cassidy-Graham-Letter-multiple-chairman-2017-09-21.pdf



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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Graham-Cassidy, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop William E. Lori, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, USCCB Committee on Migration, Affordable Care Act, respect for life, human dignity, health care, affordability, abortion, poverty, immigration, conscience.

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Media Contact:
Judy Keane
202-541-3200

September 21, 2017 – Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

The Call of Matthew Matthew 9:9-13 The Pharisees were scandalized by Jesus’ willingness to dine with sinners and tax collectors. The latter were considered no better than sinners by the pious Jew because of their alleged collaboration with Roman officials, yet Jesus called one of them, Matthew, to follow him. Following his call and conversion Matthew became one of the great disciples. Prayer: St. Matthew, pray for all who have responded to God’s call to serve him and his people.

Statement from President of U.S. Bishops Conference - Mexico Earthquake

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement to the people of Mexico following yesterday's powerful earthquake that struck southeast of Mexico City. The death toll has now surpassed 200. As the desperate search for survivors continues, Cardinal DiNardo calls for prayers for those suffering from the catastrophic earthquake.

Full statement follows: 

"Once again, our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Mexico, who yesterday suffered yet another catastrophic earthquake, on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands of people. The states principally affected were Morelos, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico State, and the capital, Mexico City.  

"Today Pope Francis at his General Audience expressed his solidarity with the Mexican people, and implored 'Almighty God to welcome all those who lost their lives.' The Mexican bishops expressed their condolences to all those affected, and highlighted the generous fraternal affection the nation is witnessing in the response and rescue efforts: 'Once again, we are witnessing the solidarity of the Mexican people, who sees a brother and sister in those who are suffering.'

"We join them in prayer and solidarity, and together invoke the maternal protection of our Lady of Guadalupe, Comforter of the Afflicted and Mother Most Merciful."

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Mexico City, earthquake, Morelos, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico State, Pope Francis, solidarity, condolences, suffering, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Comforter of the Afflicted, Mother Most Merciful. 

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Media Contact:

Judy Keane

202-541-3200

September 20, 2017 - Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang and Companions, Martyrs

Jesus’ Testimony to John Luke 7:31-35 Jesus tells the crowds that the people of “this generation” are like obstinate children. Nothing satisfies them. Their reasons for rejecting Jesus are inconsistent with their reasons for rejecting John. They are closed to God’s working in Jesus. Those who are open and embrace God’s plan will be vindicated. Prayer: The people of “this generation” seek satisfaction in all the wrong things and all the wrong places. I pray that they find their way to you.