WSCC 2019 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 1 - Archived

by Msgr. Robert Siler
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January 11, 2019
 Inside this issue (Scroll down to read articles)
  • • 2019 Legislative Session Begins Monday
  • • First Week of Legislative Session
  • • USCCB on Federal Government Shutdown
  • • National Migration Week 2019
  • • 9 Days for Life – January 14-22
  • • January is Poverty Awareness Month
  • • Upcoming Dates – Mark Your Calendars
  2019 Legislative Session Begins Monday  

New Year’s blessings to you and thank you for reading this initial advocacy bulletin of 2019.  It comes right before the start of this year’s session of the Washington State Legislature.

In remarks last week to diplomats at the Vatican, Pope Francis commented that “a good politician is called to make unity prevail over conflict.”  Those words seem especially important now with the standoff among our national leaders and our own state’s lawmakers convening for their annual session.  Let’s pray for many good politicians to step forward!

The Catholic Church will need your help over the next few months as we engage with legislators on key public policy matters.  From pro-life and religious liberty issues to poverty and social justice issues, Catholics of all political persuasions are encouraged to come together to help the Church have even greater impact at the state capital.  Please encourage other Catholics to join the WSCC Advocacy Network by signing up There is strength in numbers and we sincerely appreciate your efforts in making others aware of this opportunity to build up the common good.  — Joe Sprague, Executive Director

  First Week of Legislative Session  
  Next week legislative committees will begin hearings on specific legislation being considered. Among these bills, WSCC is tracking SB 5001 that would legalize two new technologies for treating the bodies of people who have died, specifically alkaline hydrolysis and “recomposition” (which accelerates decomposition in a composting method). The WSCC opposes this legislation because these emerging technologies do not show sufficient respect for the human body. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee will hear SB 5001 on January 15 at 8:00 am.  
  USCCB on Federal Government Shutdown  

Bishop Joseph Vásquez of Austin, Texas, Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, stated: “Secure borders and humane treatment of those fleeing persecution and seeking a better life are not mutually exclusive. The United States can ensure both and must do so without instilling fear or sowing hatred. … The President and Congressional leaders need to come together and end the shut-down with a solution that recognizes the dignity of work of affected employees, respects the humanity of all regardless of immigration status, and protects the sanctity of human life.”

  National Migration Week 2019  
  January 6th -12th is National Migration Week, which the Catholic Church in the U.S. has celebrated for nearly a half century.  This week is an important opportunity to highlight the presence and situation of immigrants, refugees, victims, and survivors of human trafficking. It is a time for both prayer and action in support of immigrants and refugees. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, provided some thoughts on National Migration Week and an upcoming Prayer Walk in a video released this week.  
  9 Days for Life – January 14-22  

Sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Pro Life Activities, this campaign leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The novena and day of prayer are a time of recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade-the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States.

The overarching intention of the novena is that all human life will be respected. It is easy to sign up to receive the daily prayers at or by downloading the free 9 Days for Life app. Each day of the novena will highlight a related topic and provide a reflection, educational information, and suggested daily actions.

  January is Poverty Awareness Month  

Sign up now to receive daily reflections and tools to learn about poverty, hear  inspirational stories of communities responding, and opportunities to take action.  An online daily calendar as well as a pastoral aid and longer daily reflections are available by clicking here.

  Upcoming Dates – Mark Your Calendars  
  Mass for Life, Spokane – January 12
MLK Day Mass, Seattle  – January 21
Mass for Life, Lacey & Olympia – January 22
Catholic Schools Day at the Capitol – January 30
Catholic Advocacy Day – February 7
Walking + Witnessing for Migrant Families – April 29 to May 11
Cornerstone Catholic Conference – October 18-19, 2019