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Tuesday September 25, 2018
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September 7, 2018       
 Inside this issue (scroll down to read)
 
  • • Are You Registered to Vote?
  • • Farm Bill Update
  • • CCHD - Your Anti-Poverty Initiative at Work
  • • Respect Life Month Resources
  • • Get to Know WACatholics.org
  • • Did you know ...
  Are You Registered to Vote?  
 



Washington's General Election day is November 6. In order to vote, you must be registered. The general registration deadline is October 8 for people
registering online. People have until October 29 if they register in person at their county election office. If you are registered in Washington State and have moved recently, you can update your registration online. Other voter registration information can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

 

  Farm Bill Update  
 
 

On September 5, a House-Senate Conference Committee held its first meeting to resolve differences on the federal Farm Bill. This important legislation supports anti-hunger programs for low income families and individuals. Catholic advocates met with staff from Senator Maria Cantwell's office last month and several other meetings are likely in September. There is still time to contact your two U.S. Senators and Representative to urge passage of an acceptable bill - visit the WSCC Action Center for more details.

 

  CCHD - Your Anti-Poverty Initiative at Work  
 

Each of the Washington dioceses holds a national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), at different times of the year (it isSeptember 16 in the Archdiocese of Seattle).  The collection brings change to communities across the country and empowers those living in poverty to transform the places they live into reflections of the Kingdom of God. Those living in poverty locally are empowered through the 25% share of the collection that stays in each diocese. Additionally, national grants are made from the 75% share that is pooled with donations from other dioceses in the U.S.
 
Just one example of a grant is the Life to Justice Initiative. This CCHD grant to the Church in our state provides significant support for PREPARES - a program to provide pregnancy and parenting support resources for mothers, fathers, and children at the parish level. The PREPARES mission is to provide low-income families with resources, services and referrals resulting in healthy birth outcomes and committed, knowledgeable parents.
 
Want to know more?  Check out www.usccb.org/cchd. And for more information on PREPARES, visit WACatholics.org.
 

  Respect Life Month Resources  
 

Here are several resources to mark October's Respect Life month and the Feast of St. Francis (October 4):
 
USCCB Respect Life Program - The 2018-2019 Respect Life Program kit materials can now be ordered. The theme, "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent," highlights the call to build a culture of life as missionary disciples. Drawing upon the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, this year's reflection briefly unpacks the poster and theme. Most of the program is available in Spanish as well as English.
 
Catholic Mobilizing Network - This year's Respect Life Month Toolkit includes a new death penalty and restorative justice book list, a pro-life prayer service, prayers of the faithful in both English and Spanish, as well as social media resources, and bulletin articles.
 
Catholic Climate Covenant - This year's program, "Who Is My Neighbor In A Climate Threatened World," focuses on the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change. It is a free 90-minute educational program to help parishes and schools to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis onOct. 4th (or another date of your choosing). 
 

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  Get to Know WACatholics.org  
 

The WSCC covers a broad range of public policy issues, all stemming from the principle of the life and dignity of the human person.  Check out the Issuessection of our new WACatholics.org website to learn more!
 

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  Did you know ...  
 

...that if the 100 Catholic schools in Washington were grouped into one school district, it would be the state's fifth largest?  We welcome back all students and want to especially thank their parents, teachers, and all those who support Catholic education.
 

September 7, 2018  
 Inside this issue
 
  Are You Registered to Vote?  
 



Washington's General Election day is November 6. In order to vote, you must be registered. The general registration deadline is October 8 for people
registering online. People have until October 29 if they register in person at their county election office. If you are registered in Washington State and have moved recently, you can update your registration online. Other voter registration information can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

 

Top

  Farm Bill Update  
 
 

On September 5, a House-Senate Conference Committee held its first meeting to resolve differences on the federal Farm Bill. This important legislation supports anti-hunger programs for low income families and individuals. Catholic advocates met with staff from Senator Maria Cantwell's office last month and several other meetings are likely in September. There is still time to contact your two U.S. Senators and Representative to urge passage of an acceptable bill - visit the WSCC Action Center for more details.

 

Top

  CCHD - Your Anti-Poverty Initiative at Work  
 

Each of the Washington dioceses holds a national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), at different times of the year (it isSeptember 16 in the Archdiocese of Seattle).  The collection brings change to communities across the country and empowers those living in poverty to transform the places they live into reflections of the Kingdom of God. Those living in poverty locally are empowered through the 25% share of the collection that stays in each diocese. Additionally, national grants are made from the 75% share that is pooled with donations from other dioceses in the U.S.
 
Just one example of a grant is the Life to Justice Initiative. This CCHD grant to the Church in our state provides significant support for PREPARES - a program to provide pregnancy and parenting support resources for mothers, fathers, and children at the parish level. The PREPARES mission is to provide low-income families with resources, services and referrals resulting in healthy birth outcomes and committed, knowledgeable parents.
 
Want to know more?  Check out www.usccb.org/cchd. And for more information on PREPARES, visit WACatholics.org.
 

Top

  Respect Life Month Resources  
 

Here are several resources to mark October's Respect Life month and the Feast of St. Francis (October 4):
 
USCCB Respect Life Program - The 2018-2019 Respect Life Program kit materials can now be ordered. The theme, "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent," highlights the call to build a culture of life as missionary disciples. Drawing upon the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, this year's reflection briefly unpacks the poster and theme. Most of the program is available in Spanish as well as English.
 
Catholic Mobilizing Network - This year's Respect Life Month Toolkit includes a new death penalty and restorative justice book list, a pro-life prayer service, prayers of the faithful in both English and Spanish, as well as social media resources, and bulletin articles.
 
Catholic Climate Covenant - This year's program, "Who Is My Neighbor In A Climate Threatened World," focuses on the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change. It is a free 90-minute educational program to help parishes and schools to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis onOct. 4th (or another date of your choosing). 
 

Top

  Get to Know WACatholics.org  
 

The WSCC covers a broad range of public policy issues, all stemming from the principle of the life and dignity of the human person.  Check out the Issuessection of our new WACatholics.org website to learn more!
 

Top

  Did you know ...  
 

...that if the 100 Catholic schools in Washington were grouped into one school district, it would be the state's fifth largest?  We welcome back all students and want to especially thank their parents, teachers, and all those who support Catholic education.
 

Top