USCCB Chairmen Ask President Trump To Fulfill His Promise To Protect Religious Liberty

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USCCB Chairmen Ask President Trump To Fulfill His Promise To Protect Religious Liberty - WASHINGTON—In early February, several media outlets reported that President Donald J. Trump is considering issuing an executive order establishing a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. A copy of a draft executive order was published by multiple news outlets. The President has not yet signed the executive order on religious freedom. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, jointly issued the following statement urging support for the draft executive order:....Read More

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Pope sends message to popular movements meeting in California - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to hundreds of faith and community leaders taking part in a national meeting of popular movements in Modesto, California, in the United States. The encounter, taking place from February 16th to 18th, has been organised with the support of the Vatican’s new Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, the U.S. Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the National Network of People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO)....Read More
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Archdiocese of Denver Reiterates Warning About Charlie Johnston 
- On Feb. 15, the Archdiocese of Denver issued a press release regarding self-proclaimed visionary Charlie Johnston. It referred to the March 1, 2016 statement, which explained: Mr. Johnston’s alleged messages were reviewed by an archdiocesan theological commission and Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila determined that the faithful should be warned to be prudent and cautious about Mr. Johnston’s predictions. In addition, Mr. Johnston is not permitted to speak in Church-owned venues in the Archdiocese of Denver....Read more

WATCH: Sunday Reflection from the JP2 Catholic University (7th Sunday in Ordinary Time)


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Knights of the Altar Meeting

There will be a Knights of the Altar servers meeting and training session on: Saturday, March 4, 2017 (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) Attendance is required for all active servers. Servers who are unable to attend this meeting need to make alternative arrangements by contacting Mike Peeters at 715-459-1417. Milk, juice and cookies will be provided.

Sister Lucia of Fatima Takes Step Toward Beatification

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Cardinal Dolan And Archbishop Lori To Congress: Support The Conscience Protection Act Of 2017 - WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – wrote to both Houses of the United States Congress on February 8, urging support for the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644, S. 301). The Conscience Protection Act, they wrote, is "essential legislation protecting the fundamental rights of health care providers…to ensure that those providing much-needed health care and health coverage can continue to do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children."....Read More

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Pope meets representatives of indigenous peoples - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with a group representing indigenous peoples ahead of his Wednesday General Audience, speaking to them about the need to "reconcile the right to development, both social and cultural, with the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples and their territories".....Read More
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Sister Lucia of Fatima Takes Step Toward Beatification 
- Just in time for the 100th Anniversary of Fatima, the diocesan phase of the canonization process for Sister Lucia, one of the three seers who saw and conversed with Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, came to an official close on Feb. 13. The announcement came from the Shrine at Fatima in Portugal and the Diocese of Coimbra where her cause began on April 30, 2008. The date also marked the 11th anniversary of Sister Lucia’s death. The first part of her canonization cause began in 2008, just three years after she died, thanks to the dispensation granted by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. (The Church normally requires a five-year waiting period before a cause can be opened.)...Read more

WATCH: Sunday Reflection from the JP2 Catholic University (6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)


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Soup Fest on Sunday

SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Council of Women in Wisconsin Rapids is sponsoring their 7th Annual Soup Fest on February 18-19, 2017 Homemade soups – $6.00 quart Carry outs only. Containers will be furnished. CHILI, CHICKEN NOODLE, HAM & BEAN, order in advance by Feb. 13, 2017.Call 715-424-1776 or 715-423-5907. Pre orders appreciated but not necessary. Soups will be available from: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Saturday, February 18 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Sunday, February 19

African-American Sainthood Causes Illustrate the Beauty of Everyday Holiness

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Strong Prayer Life Influences Choice To Become Nun, Brother, Suggests CARA Study - WASHINGTON—Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2016 had a strong prayer life prior to entering their religious institute, according to a survey on men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The survey results were released February 2, to coincide with the annual celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life....Read More

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Pope calls for action in the fight against human trafficking - (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis appealed to government leaders to be strong in the fight against the scourge of human trafficking. Marking Wednesday’s ‘International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking’ marked annually on 8 February, and focusing this year on the trafficking of children and adolescents, the Pope had words of encouragement for all those who in different ways, help minors who have been enslaved and abused to be freed from this terrible oppression....Read More
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African-American Sainthood Causes Illustrate the Beauty of Everyday Holiness 
- This past Advent, the Archdiocese of Denver officially opened the beatification cause of Servant of God Julia Greeley, a former slave and convert to Catholicism who practiced a remarkable apostolate of love in late 19th-century Denver. With Greeley’s cause, the number of active sainthood causes for Americans of African descent rises to six. The others are:...Read more