Friday, May 22, 2015

Five Things To Remember On May 22


1. Pope Francis says we must let the gaze of Jesus change us.

2. The USCCB issued its support for the House and Senate version of the Girls Count Act of 2015. Girls Count encourages supporting the rights of women and girls in developing countries through birth registration and access to educational and economic programs. The bill instructs DOS and USAID to prioritize efforts to register girls’ births.

3. As Memorial Day weekend begins, share this prayer with your friends, followers and family: http://ow.ly/Nit3G

4. All are welcome to a special Mass in observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for mariners and people of the sea on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, with Principal Celebrant and Homilist Bishop J. Kevin Boland.

5. God loves you.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Five Things To Remember On May 21

1. This is the second video of the series “Journey to the Heart of Family,” in which individuals share their own stories cherishing marriage, what it means to them, and how their personal experiences have enriched their bond of marriage and family. In this story, Carlos shares how what he learned in marriage preparations became a beacon of hope and faith for him and his wife while dealing with his father’s illness and in the end, strengthened their relationship as husband and wife.

2. It is also available in Spanish as well:

3. Pope Francis said today that Christians are called to be one being today.

4. During a conference in D.C., Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.said, "Despite 50 years of 'Nostra Aetate, we still don't know each other well enough. Most of the problems we face are problems of ignorance." Read more from the conference "'Nostra Aetate': Celebrating Fifty Years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue With Jews and Muslims." Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski was interviewed by Our Sunday Visitor on the fruits of Notra Aetate as well.

5. God loves you.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Five Things To Remember On May 20

1. Pope Francis stressed how important parents are in educating their children today, saying, "It's time for fathers and mothers to come out of their exile -- because they have exiled themselves from their children's education -- and to fully assume again their educational role," he said.

2. Two priests and three seminarians are on a 1,400-mile bike ride up the East Coast to raise awareness for vocations to the priesthood. Follow their journey at Biking4Vocations.org and on social media with #Biking4Vocations. It's a great story in this Year of Consecrated Life.

3. Check out this Catholic News Service about a community of U.S. monks celebrates its first year of operating America's first Trappist brewery.


4. In case you missed it, the USCCB recently named three people to the National Review Board that advises on child and youth protection. Donald Wheeler, a former federal investigator, D. Jean Ortega-Piron, an attorney and child welfare services expert, and attorney Howard Healy were appointed by USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville.

5. God loves you.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Five Things To Remember On May 19

1. Pope Francis has named two Brooklyn priests, Father James Massa, 54, moderator of the curia and vicar for evangelization; and Father Witold Mroziewski, 49, pastor of Holy Cross Parish, as auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.The appointments were publicized in Washington on May 19 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

2. The USCCB recently named three people to the National Review Board that advises on child and youth protection. Mr. Donald Wheeler, a former federal investigator, Mrs. D. Jean Ortega-Piron, an attorney and child welfare services expert, and attorney Mr. Howard Healy were appointed by USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville.

3. Pope Francis said each of us should reflect on our own final farewell from this life and what it means for Christians to entrust themselves to God.

4. During this month of Mary, look at a glossary of terms associated with her name.

5. God loves you.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Five Things To Remember On May 18


1. Pope Francis asked Palestinian nuns to pray for Christians who are persecuted for their faith.

2. In case you missed it, the U.S. Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee has urged Secretary of State, John Kerry, to step up efforts to advance nuclear disarmament and ensure the success of a multilateral conference being held in New York. The comments were made in a May 12 letter issued as the Ninth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) meeting continues at the United Nations.

3. CatholicClimate's St. Francis Pledge: Reflect, act, and advocate solving climate change.

4. The Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar recognizes great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.

5. God loves you.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Five Things To Remember On May 15

1. The New York Times editorial today addressed the need to end immigration detention and cited the USCCB's report this week as presenting a strong case on the issue.

2. In light of the hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, a three sector program which provides funding for public, charter and opportunity scholarships for low-income students in the District of Columbia to attend private and religious schools, the USCCB Office of Catholic Education expressed support for the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held the hearing on the issue, May 14, at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington.

3. Have you seen this amazing video of nuns serving those who are dying?

4. Pope Francis said Christian communities can't be without joy or be fearful.

5. God loves you.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Five Things To Remember On May 14

1. This is the first video of the series “Journey to the Heart of Family,” in which individuals share their own stories cherishing marriage, what it means to them, and how their personal experiences have enriched their bond of marriage and family.
In this story, Norma shares how in the midst of the pain of losing their first son during the pregnancy, she and her husband found the gift of love that strengthened their marriage and made them appreciate even more the gift of children.


2. It is also available in Spanish:



3. Read the letter to Secretary of State John Kerry from Bishop Cantú regarding the Ninth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

4. In case you missed it, the USCCB's International Justice and Peace Committee offered policy framework for targeted killing by drones.

5. God loves you.