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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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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...



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

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.



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



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



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. 


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



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.

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.



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!


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

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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