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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Are you an emergency first responder? 

The Parish Council is working to compile a list of Police, Fire Fighters, EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses, Safety Professionals, and any emergency responders who are SFX members. This list will be used to identify professional responders during possible campus emergencies. 

Please contact the parish office 538-4933 or email bobby.grace@sfxmw.com

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Friday, June 8, 2018

DIGNITY OF LIFE NEWSLETTER ~ JUNE, 2018



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- Focus on Religious Freedom Week -
 
Religious Beliefs Compel Courageous Father to Stand up for His Faith

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." MT 5:11
On June 4th, the Supreme Court decided the much-anticipated Religious Freedom case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who declined in 2012 to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. For six years Jack Philips suffered for his Christian beliefs, including death threats, defamation of his character, and the loss of half of his business.

In an interview Philips recounted that the worst thing about his notoriety were the hateful remarks that his wife and daughter received. "In all of this, the threats against me or disparaging comments, the worst part is that I have to answer the phone so they're not threatening my wife or my daughter when they pick it up," Phillips said. "They don't wait to see who's on the phone. You pick up the phone, they're already talking."

Phillips, a devout Christian, said repeatedly throughout the case that he would have no issue serving gay customers in a context outside of a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. In adherence to his religious beliefs, he also refuses to make Halloween cakes, products with alcohol, and cakes for bachelor parties.

Phillips remained adamant that he never refused service to the couple; rather, he invited them to select anything in his store. But Phillips says he had to say no to becoming personally involved in the couple's wedding because he opposes same-sex marriage and the Bible proscribes homosexual relations.

Ironically, it was the Colorado Civil Rights commissions that exhibited a discriminatory and bigoted view against Christianity. Justice Anthony Kennedy said some commissioners "disparaged Phillips' faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust."

The epitome of enduring unjust maltreatment was the charge by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Justice Anthony Kennedy said some commissioners "disparaged Phillips' faith as despicable and compared his religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust."

It was perhaps the ultimate irony in the assault on Phillips' battle for religious liberty. His father was not only wounded fighting the Nazis during the Second World War, he participated in the actual liberation of a concentration camp. Phillips said he was deeply wounded when his Christian opposition to same-sex marriage was somehow construed by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission as being morally equivalent to a Holocaust criminal. "For her to compare standing for my faith and not making a cake to Hitler's atrocities just is unspeakable," Phillips said.
  
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following joint statement:

"Today's decision confirms that people of faith should not suffer discrimination on account of their deeply held religious beliefs, but instead should be respected by government officials. This extends to creative professionals, such as Jack Phillips, who seek to serve the Lord in every aspect of their daily lives. In a pluralistic society like ours, true tolerance allows people with different viewpoints to be free to live out their beliefs, even if those beliefs are unpopular with the government."

Coincidentally, or providentially, Archbishop Kurtz, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty recently announced the observance of Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29, 2018. Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018, which begins on June 22, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends on June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

"Religious freedom allows the space for people of faith to serve others in God's love in ministries like education, adoption and foster care, health care, and migration and refugee services. We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world."

Many threats to Religious Freedom stand before us including:
* Pregnancy Help Centers forced to promote abortion - The state of California is forcing medically-licensed pregnancy support centers, in direct contradiction of their mission and beliefs, to provide information to clients about publicly funded abortion. A national pregnancy resource center advocacy group, National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA), is challenging the law, arguing that it violates the centers' rights to free speech and free exercise of religion.

* Nurse is forced to participate in abortion against her Catholic beliefs - The case of Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, R.N., who was forced by her employer to participate in a late-term abortion against her deeply-held beliefs. Threatened with losing her job and even her nursing license, she had to be present for the bloody dismemberment of an unborn child and then account for all the body parts. That was a major violation of her conscience rights. She then found she had no right to go to court to keep this from happening to others. Watch her story, Stand with Cathy for Conscience Rights. . . on YouTube, and share it with your friends & social networks.

* Discrimination against Catholic adoption services - Catholic Charities agencies around the country have long provided adoption and foster care services to the neediest children. Catholic Charities takes on the most difficult placements, including older, abused children and children with special needs. When placing children with couples, Catholic Charities ensures those children enjoy the advantage of having a mother and a father who are married. Catholic Charities of Boston, which had been one of the nation's oldest adoption agencies, faced a difficult choice: violate its conscience, or close its doors. To be licensed by the state, Catholic Charities of Boston would have to obey state laws barring "sexual orientation discrimination." Because marriage had been redefined in Massachusetts, Catholic Charities could not limit its placements to married couples. Catholic leaders asked the state for a religious exemption but were refused. Catholic Charities of Boston was forced to shut down its adoption services.

* Persecution of Christians - In the midst of the turbulence in the Middle East, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expresses solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer from the conflict and persecution in the region. The Church stands at the service of all people in the Middle East, both Christians and Muslims.

As Blessed Pope Paul VI states in Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae, "Religious freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power... no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others..."

 
On Friday, June 22, 5:00 p.m., the Pro-Life office of the Archdiocese of Louisville will sponsor an opening Religious Freedom Week Mass at the Little Sisters of the Poor (15 Audubon Plaza Drive, Louisville, KY 40217). The memorial Mass for SS. Thomas More and John Fisher on June 22 (their feast day) will recognize how they bore witness to the truth (and paid for it with their lives). Fr. Pat Dolan, (Brigadier General) Army National Guard Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains and Moral Theologian will celebrate this special Mass.
I hope you will join us and encourage your fellow parishioners to attend.

Remain steadfast in faith.
Ed

Ed Harpring
Coordinator of Pro-Life Ministries
"Conception to Natural Death"
502-471-2154
Respect Life Events, news and Updates:

  • Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass with Archbishop Kurtz
  • 'Human Rights Disaster': China's Persecution of Christians at Highest Level Since Mao
  • Sisters for Life's 10th Annual Life Celebration  - Fathers Day Walk for Life
  • St. Joseph's Children's Home Golf Outing  
  • China's Disastrous One Child Policy Wants You to Think it Changed - it Didn't
  • Fr. Michael Gaitley - Mercy and Mary Retreat at St. Margaret Mary 
  • Catholic Medical Association Praises American Medical Association's First Step in Maintaining Opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide
  • Bishop Barron Speaks at Google  

Feel free to share your comments at Archdiocese of Louisville Family Ministries


   
Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass with Archbishop Kurtz
7:00 a.m on Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 
Cathedral of the Assumption
 
Please join Archbishop Kurtz to celebrate and promote the Sanctity of Life this Saturday, June 9th at the Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass.
 
In April, with Fr. Gary Padgett celebrating, we were blessed with three mothers changing their heart about abortion, and choosing Life for their unborn children. With the Helpers of God's Precious Infants, we have the divine powerhouse of the Holy Mass, Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration to win this spiritual battle for Life.  After all, "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Eph. 6:12
 
As Catholics, who believe in the sanctity of Life, what else could we ask for? More participants mean more grace to save more babies, mothers and fathers.
 
Our prayers do matter and the results mean saved lives.  Isn't that worth getting up early for?  
 
I hope you will join us this Saturday, June 9th.

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Monthly Mass:
  • Saturday, June 9th, 7:00a.m.
  • Cathedral of the Assumption
  • Mass, Rosary procession, Benediction
 Christian Presecution
 
'Human Rights Disaster': China's Persecution of Christians at Highest Level Since Mao

 - The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Watchdog groups say the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in 
China is at its most intense since the Cultural Revolution, as churches are shuttered, Bibles confiscated and believers arrested at rates not seen in decades.
Evidence of the crackdown was in plain view this week, when police raided Early Rain Covenant Church, an underground parish in the southwestern Sichuan province, to preempt a memorial service commemorating the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of anti-government protesters.

According to ChinaAid, an advocacy group that documents human rights abuses in the communist nation, 17 people were violently detained, including Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, who attempted to block the door.

Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, said the number of people arrested in China for exercising their religious freedom "has reached the highest level since the end of the Cultural Revolution." He cited internal figures showing a nearly fivefold increase in the number of Christians who were persecuted by the government last year.

"For Christians alone, last year we documented persecution against 1,265 churches, with the number of people persecuted over 223,000. And that is just the tip of the iceberg," Mr. Fu said. "In 2016, there were 762 cases of persecution, according to our documentation, with the number of people persecuted 48,000. It really is almost five times [as much]."

To read more, click here.

 
Sisters for Life's 10th Annual Life Celebration 
Fathers Day Walk for Life 

Please join with the Sisters for Life for a celebration of Life. 

Saturday, June, 16th 7:00a.m.

Walk to EMW Abortion Faclilty.

Walk begins at Sister for Life
643 South 6th Street
Louisville, Ky 40203
(across from St. Louis Bertand)

 
 Please come, swing a club or two, and join us for a day of great golf, food and drink, contests, and raffles. 
More importantly, support SJO and our kids!

- A special chance during the outing to visit with some amazing kids SJO serves every day. They may even help your team score!Lunch, cookout dinner, 2 drink tickets per golfer, plenty of refreshments available and located throughout the golf course.

- Scramble format

 - Unique on-course contests, including a Putting Contest which all participants* have the opportunity to qualify for and sink a putt for $5,000! Up to 5 winners (*Amateurs only)
 - Par 3 - Hole in One contest* for a chance at $20,000 ($10k for you and $10K for SJO!       *Amateurs only)
 - Raffle baskets
 - All-inclusive golf goodies depending on level of Sponsorship.

 - AND SO MUCH MORE!

June 18, 2018 - Monday
Glenview Golf Course - 10965 Springfield Pike - Cincinnati - 45246
 
Registration opens at 10:30AM
Lunch and warm up at 11:00AM
Shotgun Start at 12:00PM
Cookout Dinner-Final Putting Contest-Awards beginning at 4:30PM
 
For questions about sponsorships or the outing please contact:
Jim Jenkins at (513) 741.3100 





 
Fr. Michael Gaitley - Mercy and Mary Retreat at St. Margaret Mary 
"EXPERIENCE the TIME of MERCY with Father Michael Gaitley! 

Join the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy for an inspiring Mercy & Mary Retreat, featuring bestselling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and acclaimed speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

Take time to recharge and refocus as you learn the secrets of this "Time of Mercy." Join us for a full immersion experience into Divine Mercy and Mary. Enjoy talks by Fr. Gaitley, Mass, Adoration, testimonies with the Marian Missionaries, and much more!
To register click here.

 
Catholic Medical Association Praises American Medical Association's First Step in Maintaining Opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide
May 8, 2018 

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) is urging its members and other healthcare professionals to contact the American Medical Association in support of maintaining its opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) by not amending the AMA's long-standing Code of Medical Ethics.

The AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) recently recommended that the AMA uphold their opposition to PAS and to not alter its current Code of Medical Ethics.

"We congratulate the CEJA for its recommendation. While this is very encouraging it is not a complete victory," said Peter T. Morrow MD, President of the CMA. "We are asking our members to directly contact the AMA in support of their on-going opposition to physician assisted suicide."
 
To read more click  here.


 The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Couple to Couple League to Host 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is teaming up with Couple to Couple League to host a family conference this summer that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Mark your calendars to join us July 6-7, 2018 at the Sharonville Convention Center for "Families, become what you are!" 

Great speakers, including Christopher West and Janet Smith; Spanish track; full programming for children; Family Fun Day on Friday afternoon; family concert on Friday evening; daily Mass, Adoration. Visit www.cclconvention.com for full details and to register.

Bishop Barron Speaks at Google 
Bishop Barron was recently invited to speak at the Google headquarters (aka the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA. He addressed a room full of Google and YouTube employees on how religion doesn't shut down the questing intellect, but in fact opens up our minds, causing us to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings.

Archdiocese of Louisville, PO Box 1073, Louisville, KY 40201

FAMILY MINISTRIES NEWSLETTER ~ JUNE, 2018

For a printable PDF of this newsletter, click HERE
"The Unattainable Heights of Fatherhood"
by Deacon Stephen Bowling 

I must confess writing about the concept of fatherhood fills me with a bit of dread. As a father myself, and as a son as well, I cannot help but think of the concept in terms of flaws and imperfection.

The responsibility is so huge, the goal so important and the object of our efforts so precious, that I cannot help but feel inadequate. I recognize the great gifting I have received as a father - and pray I never take that gift for granted - but in many ways, this fact only reinforces my fears. It is like holding a delicate and fragile flower in your hands . . . you are scared to do anything for fear of making a mistake, especially if you have experienced some of those mistakes yourself.

As an adult child of a functional-yet-constant alcoholic father, I recognize my dread is inextricably linked to my own unique experience. As someone whose own father was both disengaged as well as flawed, and how that experience wounded me forever in many ways, I often feel outrage at my own experiences with fatherhood. Perhaps as a result of this, I recognize that I tend to obsess over my own shortcomings or missed opportunities with my own three beloved children.

I know that there are many people with similar experiences in their lives and histories, and that there always will be. I am certain that all of us in some ways have experienced the negative sides of humanity in at least some of those we know, if not love. However, it was a recent conversation with a friend that made me realize I was missing something very important . . .
 
Continue Reading Here
Fathers Matter
by Michelle Herberger
 
It is nearly impossible to be engaged in current events without hearing the phrase "children at risk." According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America - one out of three children - now live in a home in which the biological father is absent. However, nearly every study conducted through the social sciences confirms - fathers matter.
Following are some important facts from social science research on the effects of having a father in the home . . .
  • Children living with fathers in the home tend to fare better on cognitive achievement and behavioral outcomes.
  • Among urban fathers, those who frequently attend religious services tend to be more engaged with their children.
  • Close relationships between adolescents and their fathers are positively associated with adolescents' psychological well-being.
It is with both joy and sadness that we celebrate Michelle Herberger's retirement today. She ends her journey as an Archdiocesan employee after 27 years of service.
 
We will miss the many great conversations as well as her wit and wisdom. While she begins a new journey today, she will always be in our hearts and her legacy of service will endure.
The Importance Of Fathers
by Martine Bacci Siegel 
 
June means Father's Day. Why is dad important when it comes to the family? Here are a few reasons why . . .
 
Kids With Good Dads Are More Intellectually Inclined
Research has shown that fathers - or the absence of fathers - are just as important as mothers in child development.
In recent studies researchers found consistent evidence that children of involved fathers were more likely to show cognitive competence and educational success than those whose fathers weren't engaged, and were also more likely to enjoy school and take part in more extracurricular activities.  

Kids With Good Dads Have Fewer Behavioral And Emotional Problems
Over the years, research has shown that kids with good fathers are more likely to grow up without aggression, low self-esteem, or behavioral issues. Involved fatherhood has been linked with greater resilience to stress and frustration, as well as better abilities to solve problems and adapt. Kids who grow up with a dad present are less likely to develop substance abuse problems or to become incarcerated as adults. Perhaps most importantly, kids who grew up with involved fathers have been shown to have a lower risk of depression.  

Fathers Impact Their Kids' Later Relationships
A father acts as a role model for his kids, and the way he treats the children's mother will impact the children later in life. Research has shown that boys whose fathers exhibited respect toward their spouses were less likely to show aggression to females later on, while daughters were less likely to maintain violent or unhealthy relationships with men.  

Paternal Absence Takes Its Toll
When talking about the importance of fathers, it perhaps becomes even clearer when we look at what happens when fathers aren't there. From an economic standpoint, fatherless children are more likely to be poor; data from 2011 found that 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of kids living in single-mother families.  

For daughters, the lack of a father figure has been correlated with a greater risk of teen pregnancy or early marriage before education is complete. Fathers act as protectors both physically and emotionally; as the traditionally strong, manly figures in the family, they may act as barriers to anything from bullying to child abuse. 
Standing Up for Faith: The Supreme Court Decision on Religious Freedom
by Ed Harpring

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me." MT 5:11
 
On June 4th, the Supreme Court decided the much-anticipated Religious Freedom case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who declined in 2012 to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.
 
For six years Jack Philips suffered for his Christian beliefs, including death threats, defamation of his character, and the loss of half of his business.
 
In an interview Philips recounted that the worst thing about his notoriety were the hateful remarks that his wife and daughter received.
 
"In all of this, the threats against me or disparaging comments, the worst part is that I have to answer the phone so they're not threatening my wife or my daughter when they pick it up," Phillips said. "They don't wait to see who's on the phone. You pick up the phone, they're already talking."
 
Phillips, a devout Christian, said repeatedly throughout the case that he would have no issue serving gay customers in a context outside of a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. In adherence to his religious beliefs, he also refuses to make Halloween cakes, products with alcohol, and cakes for bachelor parties.
 

Next FOCCUS Training
July 12th and July 19th, 2018
(Part 1 and Part 2 - both are needed)

The FOCCUS Pre-Marriage Inventory is a comprehensive, user-friendly tool to help couples prepare for marriage. The FOCCUS© Inventory is designed to help engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage.
 
Long a trusted tool for marriage preparation by parishes within the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Family Ministries Office provides training and certification for anyone interested in becoming a FOCCUS© Facilitator.
 
The next training session will be held on TWO THURSDAYS, July 12 and July 19, 2018 in Loft 1 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, located at 5505 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291. (The sessions are Part 1 and Part 2 and both are needed.)
 
Cost is $75 for new participants, $20 for refresher courses (recommended if it has been more than three years since you have used FOCCUS), and this includes FOCCUS materials and certification.
          
Registration is required prior to the event. Please email Carolyn Kupper at the Family Ministries Office at ckupper@archlou.org to register or for more information. 

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