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Clothing Donations Needed fo SVdP

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St. Vincent De Paul is experiencing growing demand for clothing. They have provided St. Luke with a donation bin to provide clothes and shoes to the poor and homeless. Unlike First Sunday Sharing, donations are for men, women and children. This bin (pictured) has been placed on the Illinois Street side of the church near the entrance to the Kindergarten and will be periodically serviced by our SVdP Conference members. The bin will become a semi-permanent structure at St. Luke, as the demand for clothes and shoes keeps growing. Help St. Vincent DePaul Help the Poor St. Vincent DePaul is expanding its clothing donation center in order to keep up with the demand. All types and seasons of clothing and shoes are needed now. Please consider donations of clothing (new and gently used) and bring them to St. Luke to place them in the bin. Thank you!
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Conscience Protection

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  Today we pass along an important Action Alert from Human Life Action (HLA); it follows:

The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 was recently introduced in both the House and the Senate. This legislation is identical to the bill of the same name passed in the House last July. However, as you know, last year’s bill was never enacted into law. Therefore, with a new Congress in session, we are beginning anew to advocate for conscience protection for those who choose not to participate in abortion.  We are hopeful that with a change in the White House our efforts will meet with success this year.

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori have written to the members of Congress to urge them to enact this much-needed, common-sense, legislation which will address the deficiencies that block the effective enforcement of federal laws designed to protect the conscience rights of those who provide health care and health care coverage.

The full text of the alert is found here on our website. The alert is also available in Spanish here. We have refined the suggested message so that those who have already cosponsored the bill will get a slightly different message from members who have not yet signed on. The alert requires senders to input their address as the first step so that the appropriate message is selected for each member.

Click here to send your message. 
 
Thank you.


 

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Support House Bill 1004

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HB 1004 would expand early education matching grants, and expand the pre-k pilot program to 10 counties, up from the original five counties. HB 1004 also allows for a grant or pilot recipient to also receive a Choice Scholarship for kindergarten the following year if the family meets the Choice Scholarship guidelines.

If a family enrolls in a school's pre-k program with the help of a pre-k pilot scholarship, that student should not have to change schools for kindergarten in order to access a Choice Scholarship in first grade.

HB 1004 will be heard on the House Floor this week and has many amendments trying to eliminate the proposed pre-k scholarship linkage to the Choice Scholarship in kindergarten. Please email your representatives letting them know you support HB 1004 and want the kindergarten Choice provision kept in the bill.



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State Senators Should Support SB9

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SB 9, SNAP and drug convictions, removes the ban on receiving SNAP benefits by individuals with a past felony drug conviction. SNAP bans do not apply to any other types of felony conviction.  The bill will be on third reading next week. Senators need to hear from you to support SB 9.   Food is a fundamental human right.  This bill will help them get more food to feed their families.  

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Support Relief from Deportation for Youth

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The BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128/H.R. 496, was recently introduced in Congress as a bipartisan effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.

There are more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. These youth entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported DACA youth and their families as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children. 

Ask your Senators and Representative to support and co-sponsor the BRIDGE ACT.


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Catholics Support National Migration Week

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National Migration Week
January 8-14, 2017
Creating a Culture of Encounter

 
For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week. National Migration Week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of immigrants, refugees, migrants and survivors of human trafficking in our communities as well as to highlight the work of the Church to serve and accompany newcomers. The theme for National Migration Week 2017 draws attention to Pope Francis' call to create a culture of encounter. In the homily given at his first Pentecost as Pope, he emphasized the importance of encounter in the Christian faith: "For me this word is very important. Encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others."

For National Migration Week 2017 and in support of immigrants and refugess, please contact your U.S. Senators and Members of Congress.



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ICC Celebrates 50 Years

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INDIANA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
(1967-2017) 
 
The 2017 General Assembly convened on January 3rd. And by law must end no later than April 29. In addition to the biennial state budget, this year's major topics will include road and infrastructure financing, response to opioid and drug addiction, expanding preschool access for low income families and school funding. As always, ICC priorities will focus on human dignity and the common good. Topics that we have seen thus far include elimination of death penalty for person with serious mental illness, payday lending, improving social safety net such as SNAP. And there will be numerous others.
 
In part due the inaugurations both in Indiana and in Washington D.C, and because the long session has so many bills drafted, the session is off to a slow beginning. Committees will not have all bills until mid-January. Thus far, we have seen about 250 bills introduced, and we expect to see approximately 1200 more in the next two weeks. Not all bills will get hearings and not all bills are of significance to ICC; but ICC will follow those important to the Church and will report the status each week via the I-CAN Update that will be emailed to you each week.
 
The Catholic Church is well represented with 34 of the 150 House and Senate members. 14 of the 50 Senate members are Roman Catholics, 3 Democrat and 11 Republican; in the House 20 of the 100 members are Catholic, 9 D and 11 R.
 
In the meantime, check out the Indiana Catholic Conference's 50th Anniversary videos here.

And our series of three 50th Anniversary articles:
ICC Celebrates 50 Years as Public Policy Voice of the Church in Indiana 
This is the first in a series of articles reflecting on ICC's 50 years as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana   More...

ICC planted seeds for school choice, and continues fight for issues of life
This is the second in a series of articles reflecting on ICC's 50 years as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana    More...
 
Thompson takes pride in ICC's work to aid the poor, vulnerable 
This is the third in a series of articles reflecting on ICC's 50 years as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana  More...

 

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Haiti in the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

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We pass along to you an Action Alert from Justice for Immigrant aimed at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House asking that they take appropriate measures to ensure the well-being of Haitians in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The alert message is in English and Creole. The Action Alerts can be read and sent from Justice for Immigrants homepage

Background:
Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti on October 4, 2016, killing hundreds and leaving 1.4 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately, in response to Hurricane Matthew, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to enact humane immigration policies that would allow arriving Haitians to temporarily remain in the U.S. and support themselves while Haiti is being rebuilt.

On November 1, 2016, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration (USCCB/COM), joined Catholic partners at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in a letter to DHS and the Department of State sharing concerns regarding the care and treatment of Haitians.

Bishop Elizondo and partners noted: "We are concerned about DHS' recent immigration policies which separate and detain Haitian family members. These policies are particularly inhumane in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew when our government should be showing Haitians compassion and support."

DHS also needs to hear from you and your fellow parishioners. We ask you to remind DHS that Catholics expect our government to do all it can to support Haiti and Haitians during this time of crisis.

Thank you.
 


 

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The Human Thread Postcard Campaign

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Between now and Black Friday (Nov. 25), postcards will be sent to the CEOs of Macy’s and Kohl’s in support of a living wage at the sites where our clothes are made. We ask for your involvement.
 
When we visit a supermarket, we can purchase organic and fair trade items. When we visit an auto dealer, we can buy a hybrid. Some chains build their identity and customer base by offering those options. We know that the hybrid and the organic, fair trade items may cost us a bit more, but we are willing to pay for them for a broader benefit.
 
Except for a few niche clothing items sold in a few boutiques, as of yet, no major chain sells clothing sourced in other countries that is fair trade. But we know that most of it comes from places we read on our labels: Bangladesh, China, India, Vietnam, Honduras, Mexico. Pope Francis has called the wages paid those workers: “slave labor.”
 
Given the woeful wages in garment-producing countries, did the workers who made my clothing receive a wage that will support them and their families? Knowing that the garment industry is the second biggest user of water and the consequent immense harm that the garment industry does to the environment, we also ask what care and provision was made for the care of creation in the production of this garment?
 
For years members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility have engaged retailers, including Macy’s and Kohl’s on supply chain issues. However they have rejected calls to address wages at the sites where our clothes are made.
 
After the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, Professor Jerry Davis of the Ross School of Business wrote a letter to The New York Times. In it he said that change never comes about from investor/shareholder actions without an accompanying consumer effort. This is our effort to make such a difference. We’ve shared this Campaign with him; he is very supportive.
 
If you agree,  please take a moment to sign, stamp, and mail a postcard to Macy's and to Kohl's telling them as much. Both of these companies have good track records in various areas but, if they would support this effort, things would be so much better. We are telling them: If they will lead, we will buy.
 
If you want to ask others, friends or members of any of your organizations, to get involved, please email the campaign manager at campaignmanager@humanthreadcampaign.org, indicating your postal address and how many postcards you need. They will be sent by return mail.

More information can be found here: http://www.humanthreadcampaign.org/advocacy/campaign-with-macys-and-kohls/
 
Copies of the text from the postcard is attached.
 

 

 Kohls postcard (2).pdf

 

Macys postcard (2).pdf

 

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Voting: Our Privilege and Responsibility

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"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13

One of the greatest privileges of being an American citizen is the opportunity to voice your opinion through the electoral process.  

We offer the following:
  • USCCB Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship website 
To find your polling place and review candidates on your ballot we offer you the following links from the Indiana Voters Homepage to assist you:
Still have questions?
 
Be sure to vote on November 8th...
The following links from the Indiana Voters Homepage can assist you.
Find My Polling Place
Review Candidates on My Ballot
 
 
Still have questions?   Call your county voter registration office


 

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