Faithful Citizenship: Join the Catholic Legislative Network
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Our Catholic faith calls us to participate in our communities. That same faith calls us to protect life, and to promote dignity and respect for all human beings from conception to natural death. In Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Bishops challenge us to be more involved: "In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation."
In response, the Bishops of California have established the Catholic Legislative Network to help us be better informed about state and national policy issues and make it easier for us to become more engaged in the political process. Parishioners are encouraged to register. The Catholic Legislative Network provides a brief, yet thorough, weekly e-newsletter called Public Policy Insights, in which network members learn about issues and actions being taken on certain priority issues. Occasional Action Alerts are sent to members asking them to contact their elected representative and providing a suggested text. A representative who received a dozen emails on an issue may pay attention, but the Senator or Assembly Member that receives hundreds of emails on one issue takes immediate notice. A strong voice for life and dignity will make a difference!
There could not be a more important time for this network to emerge. California is in crisis morally and economically. Staggering budget deficits have shredded the safety net that once protected vulnerable children and aging adults. But while funding for life-giving programs is eliminated, financial resources for abortion clinics have not been similarly reduced, and each year proposals to allow doctors to assist their patients in committing suicide gain momentum in the legislature. As Catholics we care deeply about all these life and dignity issues and more. The state needs a strong, clear, moral voice for life and dignity now!
History and activities of the ministry at OLA
This ministry is over 30 years old at OLA. This group is dedicated to the protection of human life from conception to natural death, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. It sponsors an information table on the patio the last Sunday of the month with current news about local and national issues, programs, and events. OLA for Life helps organize participation in the annual OneLifeLA march and festival. This group also supports a local pregnancy counseling center, Assure Pregnancy Counseling Center in Fontana, with an annual baby shower collection. It collaborates with other pro-life ministries in the community for special events such as 40 Days for Life, and meets quarterly with pro-life ministries in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino dioceses (called Alliance meetings).
Terry Moore at (909) 297-9302