November 3rd 2020 is Election Day!

2019 Timeline

  • Bulletin announcement 1 continues to run in the bulletin
    • 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, and access other great resources.
  • General Intercessions and Announcements
  • Bulletin announcement 2 runs in the parish bulletin
    • 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, watch videos and access other great resources on conscience formation for faithful citizens.
  • General Intercessions and announcements

2020 Timeline

Monthly Study Groups Begin

Session A

  • Bulletin announcement 3 
    • Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn about the issues.
      In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops lift up various issues of different moral weight and urgency.  Some issues they mention include: addressing abortion, euthanasia, the use of the death penalty and imprudent resort to war; protecting the fundamental understanding of marriage as the life-long and faithful union of one man and one woman; achieving comprehensive immigration reform; caring for our common home; helping families and children overcome poverty; providing healthcare while respecting human life, human dignity and religious freedom; and establishing and complying with moral limits on the use of military force.  Learn more about these issues and others at www.faithfulcitizenship.org.
  • Session B

    • All levels: Forming Consciences 
  • Bulletin announcement 4 
    • 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 our faith calls us to engage during election season and beyond.
  • Session C

    • All levels: : Avoiding evil and doing good
  • Bulletin announcement 5
    • 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].

  • Session D

    • Adults/Jr. & High School: Catholic social teaching and the public square
    • Elementary: Living our Faith
  • Praying Like a Faithful Citizen: 9 New Ways to Pray

    • This webpage offers 9 ways to pray with attention to current events.

    • Take 1 “new way” each week & publish in a section of the parish bulletin titled “Praying Like a Faithful Citizen”
    • Helpful to have someone at the end of each Mass explain the new section each week.
  • Bulletin announcement 6

    • 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 and access other great resources on faithful citizenship.
  • Bulletin announcement 7
    • 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 flyers 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. 
  • Break
  • Weekly video to be shown on the 5 Sundays of August.

Video 1     USCCB Video Highlighting Civil Dialogue

Video 2  Cardinal Dolan: Faithful Citizenship

Video 3    Using Faithful Citizenship Correctly

Video 4   Faithful Citizenship Conscience Formation

Video 5   A Matter of Conscience

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  • 7 Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

    • Each theme has a 1 paragraph description which can be inserted as a bulletin entry
    • Clicking each theme opens a webpage explaining the teaching in more detail which can be used as a homily aid.

“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” – Pope Francis

Information of Faithful Citizenship at CA Catholic Conference:  https://www.cacatholic.org/faithful-citizenship