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Faithful Citizenship Bulletin Announcements

 

Put the bulletin announcements below along with these graphics or clip art in your parish bulletin in order to help Catholics in your parish be faithful citizens.

Parish Policy on Distribution of Campaign Materials

During this election season, our parish will be utilizing materials from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. Distribution of other election-related materials on church property will not be permitted. Among other activities, posting fliers or signs, passing out campaign literature, and leaving unauthorized materials anywhere in the building or on car windshields, are prohibited. We appreciate your compliance with this policy.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Participate in political life.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. "In the Catholic tradition," they write, "responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation" (no. 13). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org today to read the statement, watch videos, download podcasts, and access other great resources.

(Use this announcement any time, but especially on July 1-2, along with the homily suggestions and bulletin insert.)

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.Form your conscience.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops urge Catholics to form their consciences through being open to truth, studying Scripture and Church teaching, examining facts and background information, and prayerful reflection (no. 18). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to learn about the steps you can take to form your conscience and to watch videos, download podcasts, and access other great resources on conscience formation for faithful citizens.

(Use this announcement any time, but especially on September 1-2, along with the homily suggestions and bulletin insert.)

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Practice civil dialogue.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics that we are called to engage in charitable, respectful and civil dialogue during election season. In a culture that is dominated by "partisan attacks, sound bites and media hype," the Church calls for "a different kind of political engagement" (no. 14). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to access resources on civil dialogue and on how your faith calls you to engage during election season and beyond.

(Use this announcement any time, but especially on September 29-30, along with the homily suggestions and bulletin insert.)

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Register to vote.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics, "We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world" (no. 14). In [insert name of your state], the voter registration deadline is [insert deadline]. You can pick up a mail-in voter registration form at [name locations where forms are available, such as county elections office, library, or post office] or online at [insert url of your state's voter registration website].

(Find the information to complete this announcement by visiting the Election Assistance Commission website and clicking on your state. This will take you to your state's voter registration web page, which includes forms, deadlines and other information about voter registration in your state.)

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about life issues.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is the "continuing destruction of unborn children through abortion and other threats to the lives and dignity of others who are vulnerable, sick, or unwanted" (Introductory Note). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video on life issues.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about protecting the poor during the economic crisis.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is "an economic crisis which has devastated lives and livelihoods, increasing national and global unemployment, poverty, and hunger; increasing deficits and debt and the duty to respond in ways which protect those who are poor and vulnerable as well as future generations" (Introductory Note). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Bishop Stephen E. Blaire on the economic crisis.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about religious liberty.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is the "renewed efforts to force Catholic ministries—in health care, education, and social services—to violate their consciences or stop serving those in need" (Introductory Note). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video on religious liberty.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about immigration.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is "the failure to repair a broken immigration system with comprehensive measures that promote true respect for law, protect the human rights and dignity of immigrants and refugees, recognize their contributions to our nation, keep families together, and advance the common good" (Introductory Note). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video on immigration.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about protection of marriage.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is the "intensifying efforts to redefine marriage and enact measures which undermine marriage as the permanent, faithful, and fruitful union of one man and one woman and a fundamental moral and social institution essential to the common good" (Introductory Note). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Bishop Salvatore Cordileone on marriage protection.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about war, terror and violence.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is "Wars, terror, and violence which raise serious moral questions on the use of force and its human and moral costs in a dangerous world, particularly the absence of justice, security, and peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East" (Introductory Note). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick on the Holy Land.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about healthcare.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is "affordable and accessible health care" for all, which is "an essential safeguard or human life and a fundamental human right." They bishops also note that we should be able to provide healthcare without compromising religious convictions. Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Bishop William F. Murphy on healthcare.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about international religious freedom.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is "the need to protect human rights, especially religious freedom" for minorities in many countries (no. 68). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Bishop Ricardo Ramírez on international religious freedom.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about climate change.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is the need to "seriously address global climate change, focusing on the virtue of prudence, pursuit of the common good, and the impact on the poor, particularly on vulnerable workers and the poorest nations" (no. 87). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Bishop William S. Skylstad on climate change.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about poverty.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is that we must address poverty both at home and abroad. The bishops note, "The United States should take a leading role in helping to alleviate global poverty through substantially increased development aid for the poorest countries, more equitable trade policies, and continuing efforts to relieve the crushing burdens of debt and disease" (no. 88). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Bishop Howard J. Hubbard on poverty.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about torture.

In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops apply Catholic teaching to many important issues affecting human life and dignity. One issue is torture. The bishops note, "The use of torturemust be rejected as fundamentally incompatible with the dignity of the human person and ultimately counterproductive in the effort to combat terrorism" (no. 88). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to read the statement and access helpful resources, such as a video from Bishop Thomas G. Wenski on torture.

Remember to Vote… Be a Faithful Citizen.

Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to explore how you can love your neighbors by advocating as a faithful citizen on behalf of those who are poor and vulnerable. As you prepare to vote this week, read the U.S. bishops' statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, watch videos, download podcasts, and access other great resources on faithful citizenship.

(Use this announcement any time, but especially on Nov. 3-4, along with the homily suggestions.)

 


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