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Thank You for Grant to Gulu, Africa

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The Christian Social Action Commission (CSAC) Endowment was generously established by our parishioners over ten years ago to fund Christian Social Action initiatives at the parish, national, and international levels. Since 2005, we have given over $82,000 in grants to various organizations. Here is a thank you from the women of the Catholic Women's Association of the Gulu Vicariate in Africa. We assisted them with a grant of $1,000 to help them complete their facility for meeting, training, and faith development. 


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USCCB Urges HHS to Reach Amicable Resolution in Little Sisters of the Poor Case

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WASHINGTON-On September 9, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed comments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) objecting to mandated involvement in coverage of abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilization, on pain of crushing fines. The comments responded to HHS's request for information on how best to accommodate stakeholders with religious objections to such coverage, while assuring that people with no religious objection can still obtain it.

 

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell and related cases challenging the HHS mandate.  The mandate requires health plans to cover contraceptives - including abortifacient contraceptives- and sterilization procedures. Religious nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable ministry are not exempt from the mandate. In a set of cases involving a number of religious organizations, the Supreme Court overturned the lower court decisions and sent those cases back to the lower courts so that the parties would have an opportunity to reach an amicable resolution.

 

"This latest round of rulemaking," the USCCB's Office of General Counsel wrote, "presents an opportunity for the Administration to achieve its asserted interest ... and, at the same time, bring to an amicable end an unprecedented and protracted dispute with the religious community."

 

The petitioners in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell have themselves "spelled out with particular clarity how the Administration can achieve its stated policy goals without forcing those with sincerely held religious objections to assist." For this to happen, any government-mandated contraceptive coverage must be "truly independent of petitioners and their plans-i.e., provided through a separate policy, with a separate enrollment process, a separate insurance card, and a separate payment source, and offered to individuals through a separate communication."

 

"For this system to work, however, it must be the case that no further involvement of objecting employers is required." In addition, to protect the conscience rights of individuals who themselves may have religious objections to contraception and sterilization coverage, enrollment in such coverage "must not be automatic."

 

The full text of the comment letter is available at: www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/rulemaking/upload/HHS-Comments-on-Coverage-for-Contraceptive-Services-Sept-16.pdf

 

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Looking for that "ladder up" in your journey to Heaven? Here is one way to help.

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St. Luke is engaged in replacing our four-foot fluorescent tubes with LED tubes without replacing the ballast or the light fixture. Thanks to Culture Lighting (one of our lighting suppliers) and a program with IPL, we are able to do this at no cost to St. Luke!  Our only requirement is to complete the project within 30 days from the arrival of the lamps.

To make this happen, we need volunteer help to install lights in all the classrooms.  We estimate that ten (10) teams of three persons each (one on a ladder, one un-boxing new lights, and one boxing up the used fluorescents) could finish one classroom in one hour.

We are estimating that this can be done Monday evening, September 19, from 7 PM to 10 PM, but will allow for completion on Tuesday evening if it is needed.  We will gather beforehand at 6:30 PM for a light meal, prayer, and a basic tutorial.

Save the environment - go paperless and register by clicking on this link! Or sign-up in the Narthex at this weekend Masses. Contact Jack Hill at popindyofs@gmail.com or 317-253-9677.

Notes about these lights:

  • unlike fluorescents, these lamps will have NO mercury, making them safe for the environment;
  • the LEDS will be about 30% more energy efficient than our T8 fluorescents;
  • the average life of an LED should be approximately 50,000 hours, which would be over ten years (depending on the hours used each day); and
  • the LEDS work much better with occupancy control sensors, like those that we just installed in each restroom in our facility.
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Labor Day Statement Invites Us to Replace Fear with a Fuller Vision

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The lack of jobs that can support families, particularly among those without access to higher education, has placed heavy burdens on families and communities across the country. This Labor Day, the Church draws close to these families and expresses words of hope, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development in the 2016 Labor Day Statement.
 




 

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Blood Drive July 24!

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St. Luke Catholic Church/School Blood Drive
Sunday, July 24, 2016, from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall
Hosted by the St. Luke Knights of Columbus

Click here to sign up!

Eligibility

The donation process takes less than an hour. It is recommended that donors
have a light snack before donating. Most people are eligible to donate. There
are very few causes for deferral and very few medications that are not
acceptable.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Email Eligibility.

Indiana Blood Center must see 550 individuals each and every day to ensure hospital patients near and far have more tomorrows and brighter futures.


More questions?

Feel free to contact: Kari Fletcher (kfletcher@indianablood.org).
 

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2016 Offering of Letters

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Last year, St. Luke, St. Pius X, St. Simon, and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes joined together to write 636 letters to Congress supporting strong child nutrition programs in our country. This year, St. Andrew and Nativity parishes will also participate in the annual Corpus Christi Bread for the World Offering of Letters, urging Congress to increase funding for international maternal and child nutrition programs.
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