Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The scenes were taken from the movie "The Passion of the Christ" and some may find them disturbing as they depict a graphic death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Scripture used in the movie is from John chapters 18 and 19 and Luke chapter 2.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Urge the Public Health Committee to Support Health Care Reform
Vote "yes" on H. B. 6600
"An Act Concerning the Establishment of the Sustinet Plan"
Tomorrow, March 26th, the Public Health Committee will be voting on H.B. 6600. The Connecticut Catholic Conference urges the Committee members to vote "Yes" on this legislation so that comprehensive health care reform can continue to move ahead in Connecticut.Your State Senator or Representative are a member of the Public Health Committee. Click on the link at the end of this email and urge them to vote "Yes" on H.B. 6600.
Excerpt of March 2, 2009 Testimony by the Connecticut Catholic Conference:
The Connecticut Catholic Conference, the public policy office of Connecticut’s Catholic Bishops, and a member of the Interfaith Fellowship fro Universal Health Care, would like to urge the members of the committees represented here today to support H.B. 6600 “An Act Concerning the Establishment of the Sustinet Plan” and the concepts for health care reform it incorporates. The Conference recognizes that there are many other efforts underway within the legislature and the executive branch to improve our health care system, but feels that H.B. 6600 is the most comprehensive proposal currently before this legislature. We realize that many deliberations and compromises will occur before a final solution to the health care crisis is developed. H.B. 6600 should be used as the centerpiece for any future health care discussions because of its comprehensive nature.
Catholic social teaching holds health care to be a basic human right. This is reflected in the long history of the Catholic Church’s involvement in providing health care services within our own state and throughout the world. The Catholic Church has long been an active participant in the call for health care reform in our state and nationally.
The continuing increase in medical costs and its financial burden on business and family budgets, and the large number of uninsured persons, are the two primary factors pushing the calls for reform. The need for health care reform is clear as thousands of people within our state lack employer sponsored insurance or can not afford to purchase their own health care coverage. The uninsured also cause a continuing strain on our health care system as doctors and hospitals continue to provide care, but with little or no compensation for their services. These providers are dependent on the state and its taxpayers to help cover these uncompensated expenses.
The design of the Sustinet Plan contained in H.B. 6600 addresses the key factors that some other plans presented to this legislature lack. H.B. 6600 makes coverage available for all Connecticut residents despite their employment status, has affordable copays and premiums, provides quality levels of coverage, including dental, and supports preventive medicine. It also has several medical management provisions aimed at reducing costs through better and more comprehensive patient management.
Our state and nation, along with many families, are currently facing very difficult economic times. However, this should not deter this legislature from undertaking much needed health care reform. In the long run a quality universal health care system may end up saving the state money and making life more manageable for Connecticut families. Health care expenses are an ever increasing burden on many of our state’s families. Especially, as the number of unemployed continue to increase.
**This message comes from the Connecticut Catholic Conference***
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Pope’s Historic Visit to Africa March 17 to March 23
Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network will provide live coverage of the Pope’s visit to Cameroon and Angola March 17 to March 23.
“Catholicism in Africa remains strong, as evidenced by the many vocations from that continent,” said EWTN President and CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “However, a visit by the Holy Father can be expected to strengthen an already strong local Church, and to result in an increase in Catholic laity as well as in religious vocations.”
In addition to Masses and Vespers, the Pope’s schedule includes meetings with the bishops and the President of each country; a meeting with Cameroon’s large Muslim Community at the Apostolic Nunciature, a meeting with the sick at a local hospital, a meeting with Africa’s young people, a meeting with those who represent various ecclesial movements, and more.
What follows is a schedule of the live events: (For the complete schedule, including encore times, please go to www.ewtn.com/papalAfrica09..)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Arrival (60 min.)
The Holy Father will arrive in Yaounde, Cameroon, where he will be greeted by the authorities. (11 a.m. ET, Tues., March 17)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Visit to the President of Cameroon (60 min)
Courtesy visit to the president of Cameroon at the Palais de l'Unite in Yaounde.
(5 a.m. ET, Wed., March 18)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Meeting with the Bishops of Cameroon (90 min.)
Meeting with the Bishops of Cameroon in the church of Christ-Roi in Tsinga.
(6:15 a.m. ET, Wed., March 18)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Celebration of Vespers (90 min.)
Celebration of Vespers with local clergy and representatives of ecclesial movements and of other Christian confessions in the basilica of Marie Reine des Apotres.
(11:45 a.m. ET, Wed., March 18)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Meeting with the Muslim Community (90 min.)
In the apostolic nunciature in Yaounde, the Holy Father will meet with representatives of the Muslim community of Cameroon.
(3:45 ET, Thurs., March 19)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Holy Mass (2 hours)
Celebration of Mass at Yaounde's Amadou Ahidjo stadium, to mark the publication of the "Instrumentum Laboris" of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. (5 a.m. ET, Thurs., March 19)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Meeting with the Sick (2 hours)
The Holy Father will meet with sick people in the Cardinal Paul Emile Leger Centre. (11:30 a.m ET., Thurs., March 19)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Meeting with the Synod of Bishops (60 min.)
Address before members of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. (1:30 p.m. ET, Thurs., March 19)
Papal Visit to Cameroon: Farewell Ceremony (30 min.)
Farewell ceremony at Nsimalen International Airport of Yaoundé. (5 a.m. ET, Fri., March 20)
Papal Visit to Angola: Arrival (60 min.) (Tape delay)
The Pope will travel from Yaounde to the Angolan capital Luanda where there will be a welcoming ceremony at the airport. (10 a.m. ET, Fri., March 20)
Papal Visit to Angola: Meeting with the President of Angola and members of the Diplomatic Corps (90 min.)
Visit to the president of the Republic of Angola in the presidential palace in Luanda where he will also deliver an address to political leaders and the diplomatic corps.
(12 p.m., Fri., March 20)
Papal Visit to Angola: Meeting with the Bishops of Angola (60 min.)
Meeting with Bishops of Angola and Santo Tome in the chapel of the apostolic nunciature in Luanda. (2 p.m. ET, Fri., March 20)
Papal Visit to Angola: Holy Mass (2 hours)
Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass in Luanda's church of Sao Paulo.
(5 a.m., ET, Sat., March 21)
Papal Visit to Angola: Meeting with young people (90 min.)
Meeting with young people in the stadium of Coquieros. (11:30 a.m. ET, Sat., March 21)
Papal Visit to Angola: Holy Mass with the Bishops of IMBISA (2½ hours)
Celebration of Mass with bishops of IMBISA (Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa) at Cimangola Square, followed by the Angelus.
(5 a.m. ET, Sun., March 22)
Papal Visit to Angola: Meeting with Catholic movements (60 min.)
From the parish of Santo Antonio in Luanda the Holy Father will meet with Catholic movements for the promotion of women. (11:45 a.m. ET, Sun., March 22)
Papal Visit to Angola: Farewell Ceremony (30 min.)
Farewell ceremony at 4 de Fevereiro International Airport of Luanda. (5 a.m. ET, Mon., March 23)
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Same-sex marriage bill (S.B. 899) Fails to Protect Religious Freedom The Judiciary Committee will soon be voting on Senate Bill 899 concerning same-sex marriage. This legislation places into state statutes the State Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in our state.
You are receiving this alert because a member of the Judiciary Committee is your elected State Senator or Representative. Please contact them and urge them to support amending the bill to protect religious organizations and individuals whose religious beliefs do not support same-sex marriage. Click on the link below to send them an email.
At a public hearing on March 6th, the Connecticut Catholic Conference testified that the bill must be amended to protect those who object to participating, in any manner, with a same-sex marriage ceremony, such as Justices of the Peace or vendors. (Read the testimony)
Click on the link below to send them an email.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Public Hearing on Health Care Bills
A public hearing on health care bills is scheduled for this Monday, March 2, starting at 11 a.m. in Room 2C at the Legilative Office Building in Hartford (next to the Capitol). It is a joint public hearing hosted by three legislative committees: Insurance & Real Estate, Human Services, and Public Health.
If you would like to address our elected representatives about the need for better health care coverage now is the time. If you, a member of your family, or a friend suffers from lack of quality affordable health care now is the time to tell that story. Several bills are being heard that day. The Catholic Conference will be testifying in support of better health care coverage during its testimony on bill HB 6600 "An Act Concerning The Establishment of the Sustinet Plan"
There are 15 bills on the agenda, which will be heard in the order they appear in the Legislative Bulletin: Public Hearing - List of 15 Health Care Bills.
The SustiNet bill, HB 6600, will be heard last. The expectation is that the SustiNet bill will not be heard until mid- to late-afternoon, or even early evening.
Sign-up for the hearing starts at 8:30 a.m. in the first floor atrium at the LOB. If you would like to speak but cannot arrive until the afternoon please let the Catholic Confence (860-524-7882) know and we will sign you up and contact you with an estimated time of when you may be called to speak. We will need a contact number. You have three minutes to speak and may submit 85 copies of your testimony if you desire. If you do not wish to speak, but want to show your support for health acre reform please attend the hearing. Buttons showing support for health care reform will be available.
A public hearing on the abolition of the death penalty is also scheduled for this Monday, March 2, starting at 10 a.m. in Room 1D at the Legilative Office Building in Hartford (next to the Capitol). If you would like to address our elected representatives about the need to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut now is the time. The Catholic Conference will be testifying in support of HB 6578 "An Act Concerning The Penalty for a Capital Felony". This bill will remove the death penalty as punishment for a capital felony murder committed after the effective date of the bill and replace it with a life sentence with no chance of parol. The Connecticut Catholic Conference does have a reservation about the bill, since it does not impact those currently on death row or already charged with murder. The bill is not retroactive.
Sign-up for the hearing starts at 8:00 a.m. in room 2500 at the LOB. Speaker order is done by selection of a number. If you would like to speak, but cannot arrive early enough to get a number for speak, please let the Catholic Confence (860-524-7882) know and we will sign you up and contact you with an estimated time of when you may be called to speak. We will need a contact number. You have three minutes to speak and may submit 40 copies of your testimony if you desire. If you do not wish to speak, but want to show your support for abolition of the penalty please attend the hearing. Buttons showing support for abolition may be available.