A Holy Hour for healing in Santa Rosa

What a great idea:

This idea below is from the Diocese of Santa Rosa website.

Holy Hour for Santa Rosa Diocese Schedule

In our humanity we recognize the charity of financial giving, however prayer remains the most effective source of consolation, healing, and solidarity.

Please sign up for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration at your home parish and dedicate your Holy Hour to the healing of the Santa Rosa diocese.  Repeat your scheduled hour each week until the 1st Sunday of Advent.

For more information and financial donations: http://srdiocese.org/signofhope

Location: Your Parish

Ways to help those impacted by wildfires

Numerous people have been tremendously impacted by the wildfires in Northern California.  If you are looking to provide help, here are a few places to consider making a donation.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa

Catholic Charities reaches out to those in need, offers hope through service, and builds better communities.  Catholic Charities is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving people of all faiths in the six counties of the Diocese of Santa Rosa – Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte. We touch the lives of over 76,000 men, women, and children from Sonoma to the Oregon border with more than 20 different programs of service.  You can make a donation specifically to fire recovery by accessing the Catholic Charities website.

Cardinal Newman High School

Cardinal Newman High School has seen almost half of its campus totally burned to the ground. Not only are there the challenges to the campus, but also for the teachers and families of the school. To help, you can access their donation page.

Justin Siena High School

Justin Siena High School in Napa, California, posted the following on their website.  “We appreciate the incredible outreach of support and prayers from near and far. We are still in the process of assessing the needs within our immediate community, and conditions in the area are still in flux.

We know that there are those in our community who need help and those who have help to give.

We know that there are members of our community who have lost much and who are still evacuated and unsure of the condition of their home or neighborhood. Many in our community, both near and far, have been asking about a way to assist. To help our affected students and teachers get back to class and a feeling of normalcy as quickly as possible we have created a relief fund. This idea began as a ground-swell effort by a couple of students, and we are grateful to them for their compassion and quick action.

The strength of our community is a blessing always and felt especially during these challenging times. Thank you for all the messages and prayers for support.”  Donations can be made by visiting their donation page.

Bishops Conference President Calls For Prayers, Care For Others After Tragic Shooting In Las Vegas

WASHINGTON—On October 2, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), expressed “deep grief” after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The full text of the statement follows:

“We woke this morning and learned of yet another night filled with unspeakable terror, this time in the city of Las Vegas, and by all accounts, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. My heart and my prayers, and those of my brother bishops and all the members of the Church, go out to the victims of this tragedy and to the city of Las Vegas. At this time, we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering.  In the end, the only response is to do good – for no matter what the darkness, it will never overcome the light. May the Lord of all gentleness surround all those who are suffering from this evil, and for those who have been killed we pray, eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

USCCB Chairmen Urge Congress To Support The Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act Of 2017, H.R. 2405 / S. 1823




WASHINGTON—Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, urged Members of Congress to support passage of the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2017 (H.R. 2405 / S. 1823). An almost identical bill passed the House in 2013 with overwhelming bipartisan support.

In September 27 letters to the House and Senate, in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Archbishop Lori and Bishop Rozanski asked Representatives and Senators to support the legislation, which would ensure the fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters by enabling them to seek aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The letters noted that the “legislation is consistent with Supreme Court jurisprudence, which recognizes the right of religious institutions to receive public financial aid in the context of a broad program administered on the basis of religion-neutral criteria.” The letters note the 2017 Trinity Lutheran Church case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, which provides a firm legal foundation for such assistance.

Archbishop Lori and Bishop Rozanski explained that “houses of worship often play an irreplaceable role in the recovery of a community” after a natural disaster.

“Discrimination that treats houses of worship as ineligible for federal assistance in the wake of a natural disaster, beyond being a legal violation, hurts the very communities most affected by the indiscriminate force of nature,” said Archbishop Lori and Bishop Rozanski.

Links to each of the letters can be found here: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Letter-of-Support-to-House-for-Federal-Disaster-Assistance-Nonprofit-Fairness-Act-of-2017.pdf


A backgrounder is available at:  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Federal-Disaster-Assistance-Nonprofit-Fairness-Act-2017-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Share the Journey: Week of Prayer and Action

Caritas’ global 2-year campaign promotes Pope Francis’ ‘culture of encounter’, aiming to build stronger communities. Caritas is mobilising its organisations in over 160 countries to look at the causes of migration, bust myths about migrants and to bring migrants and communities closer together.

“I invite all of you to remember who the migrants are in your families and communities. Who are the people from afar who are often right in front of our eyes, but whom we often do not see? Now is the time to see them and reach out to them. Now is the time to Share the Journey.”

Pope Francis will launch Caritas Internationalis’ global campaign on migration – ‘Share the Journey’ on Wednesday 27th September 2017 – 12.30 PM.

10.00 am – The pope will give his support to the campaign during his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.

12.30pm – Caritas will host a press meeting point* with interviewees and information. Vatican Press Office, via della Conciliazione 54, Rome.

  • Cardinal Luis Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis and the descendent of migrants himself.
  • Sister Norma Pimentel, director of Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, USA.
  • Bekele Moges, director of Caritas Ethiopia.
  • Oliviero Forti, head of Caritas Italy’s Migration Office.
  • People who are migrants and refugees.

For more information, go to Share the Journey.

Statement From President Of U.S. Bishops Conference – Mexico Earthquake

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement to the people of Mexico following yesterday’s powerful earthquake that struck southeast of Mexico City. The death toll has now surpassed 200. As the desperate search for survivors continues, Cardinal DiNardo calls for prayers for those suffering from the catastrophic earthquake.

Full statement follows:

“Once again, our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Mexico, who yesterday suffered yet another catastrophic earthquake, on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands of people. The states principally affected were Morelos, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico State, and the capital, Mexico City.

“Today Pope Francis at his General Audience expressed his solidarity with the Mexican people, and implored ‘Almighty God to welcome all those who lost their lives.’ The Mexican bishops expressed their condolences to all those affected, and highlighted the generous fraternal affection the nation is witnessing in the response and rescue efforts: ‘Once again, we are witnessing the solidarity of the Mexican people, who sees a brother and sister in those who are suffering.’

“We join them in prayer and solidarity, and together invoke the maternal protection of our Lady of Guadalupe, Comforter of the Afflicted and Mother Most Merciful.”

U.S. Bishops Conference President Announces Emergency Collection For Those Impacted By Hurricane Irma For Week Of September 23-24

September 14, 2017

WASHINGTON—The President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited his brother bishops to take up an emergency collection the weekend of September 23-24 on behalf of those devastated in parts of the Caribbean and southeastern United States by Hurricane Irma. In the letter sent to bishops today, Cardinal DiNardo says the emergency collection is greatly needed to help victims of Hurricane Irma rebuild their lives and also help support reconstruction needs of churches destroyed or severely damaged in the U.S. and Caribbean.

Cardinal DiNardo’s letter to the bishops follows:

“In the past few days Hurricane Irma devastated significant parts of the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. While emergency outreach was immediate, we know that the road to recovery and the rebuilding of communities will be long and additional support will be needed.

“I write to you today and ask that you take up an emergency collection for those impacted by Hurricane Irma. These funds will be used in the affected areas to support humanitarian aid, assistance with long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in US and the Caribbean.

“I am aware that this call comes on the heels of the emergency collection for Hurricane Harvey. That storm, which hit Texas and Louisiana and held on for days before moving inland, caused catastrophic damage and compelled us to respond. Likewise, Hurricane Irma has been devastating and our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean, especially the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and the southern US need our help.

“The Church is a channel for grace and solidarity in the wake of natural disasters as it offers solace and support in their aftermath. However, as is so often the case, the Church itself in these regions is both a long-standing provider of aid and now is in need of tremendous assistance itself. So many of the Church’s structures have been damaged and their resources depleted which makes it even more challenging to provide assistance and pastoral outreach to those in need.”

St. Louis Archbishop Carlson Calls For Peace Following Stockley Verdict

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement in response to the verdict of Judge Timothy Wilson:

If we want peace and justice, we must come together as a community through prayer, mutual understanding, and forgiveness. While acknowledging the hurt and anger, we must not fuel the fires of hatred and division. We must ask God for peace in our own hearts and share it with those around us. Violence does not lead to peace and justice – they are opposing forces and cannot coexist. I implore each of you to choose peace! Reject the false and empty hope that violence will solve problems. Violence only creates more violence. We must work together for a better, stronger, safer community, one founded upon respect for each other, and one in which we see our neighbor as another self.

U.S. Bishops Conference Executive Committee Issues Statement In Wake Of Catastrophic Hurricanes; Encourage Faithful To Respond With Prayers And Support

WASHINGTON—In the wake of two devastating hurricanes in just two weeks, the Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following statement:

“With lives and livelihoods still at risk in Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and throughout the Caribbean, we pray for the safety and care of human life in the wake of two catastrophic hurricanes. The massive scale of the dual disasters and the effect it has on communities, families and individuals cannot be fully comprehended or adequately addressed in the immediate aftermath of the storms.

At this time of initial recovery, we mourn the loss of life, homes and other property, and the harm to the natural environment, and we pray for all those affected and in need of assistance. We also pray for the safety of, and in thanksgiving for, the first responders who are risking their lives at this very moment in care for their neighbors, especially those who are elderly, sick, homeless, or otherwise already in need of special assistance.

We share Pope Francis’s trust that the Catholic faithful here in the United States will respond to the needs presented by these disasters with a ‘vast outpouring of solidarity and mutual aid in the best traditions of the nation.’ We encourage the faithful to respond generously with prayers, financial support, and for those who have the opportunity, the volunteering of time and talents in support of those in need.”

For more information on how you can help, please go to: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/emergency-collections-and-disaster-relief.cfm

Help the poor in the Caribbean with Hurricane Disaster Relief through CRS



As Hurricane Irma barrelled through the Atlantic Ocean after decimating islands in the Caribbean, Catholic Relief Services is responding with pre-stocked relief supplies and a skilled emergency team headed to the worst affected areas in the Dominican RepublicHaitiCuba, and the Caribbean Islands.

Thankfully Haiti and the Dominican Republic were spared a direct hit, so we are turning our focus on the smaller Caribbean islands that have been almost completely leveled. Working closely with local government and partners, including Caritas, CRS teams are now on standby to quickly assess the needs and respond.

With total devastation in Barbuda, St. Martin and St. Barts, and with another dangerous storm on the heels of Hurricane Irma, CRS and our Caritas partners in St. Lucia and Granada are evaluating how to help with evacuations ahead of Hurricane Jose, a category 4 storm expected to barrel across those same islands.

Your gift will help provide shelter, water and critical supplies, including tarps, tents, and hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by this oncoming disaster. If markets remain open, CRS will also make cash available to affected families so they can purchase what they need.

Your brothers and sisters urgently need your help. Your restricted donation will be used to aid the survivors of Hurricane Irma, and help us prepare for Hurricane Jose. Please donate.