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  Take Action Now to Help Ensure COVID Relief Funding for Catholic Schools  
 

TAKE ACTION NOW!

COVID-19 has contributed to the permanent closure of 130 Catholic schools across 23 states. Additionally, internal surveys show ten percent of Catholic schools are now uncertain if they can open their doors this fall. That means as many as 500 or more Catholic schools could be in jeopardy.

Click here to join your voice with Catholics across the nation in asking Congress to include additional relief for Catholic schools in the next emergency relief package. 

Public schools are asking for $300 billion dollars, and it is important to make sure that hard-hit Catholic school families also receive emergency relief. Please take a moment to contact your Members of Congress to ask for emergency aid to Catholic schools and hard-hit families in the next COVID-19 relief package. We are asking Congress for direct funding to families for education expenses, including Catholic school tuition.

We encourage you to add your own personal story about your Catholic school experience in the message as well.

Catholic schools urgently need help in this time of uncertainty. Please contact your members of Congress today!
 
 

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  Learning to Steward Creation: Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Patroness of Integral Ecology  
 

July 14th marks the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Indigenous Catholics worked tirelessly for many years to have Kateri canonized by the Catholic Church. The Church declared Kateri venerable in 1943. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1980, and was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012, thus becoming the first female Native American and First Nations saint. Read more from the St. Kateri Conservation Center. 

As the patroness of Native Americans, First Nations Peoples, integral ecology, and the environment we can learn from her life more about our own calling to be stewards of all of God's creation.

St. Kateri's feast day is a great opportunity to begin forming a small-group study with your family, friends, or fellow parishioners using the educational resource, "Minnesota, Our Common Home". 

Minnesota, Our Common Home was inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato si': On care for our common home, and is designed to explain the message of Laudato si' in terms of its significance for Minnesotans today. To order study guides, and download/view further resources, visit www.MNCatholic.org/OurCommonHome.

You can also take action today to ask your state legislators to ensure funding for clean water infrastructure projects in the state's bonding bill. Click here to send a message now.
 

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  Election Resources: Guidelines for parishes, forming your conscience, and more  
 

Catholic Resources to Prepare for Election Day

Catholics have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square-and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.

As Catholics, we must model a better way. The USCCB invites you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.

Click here to take the Civilize It pledge as an individual, family, or community. Then use the resources below to prepare your heart and mind for Election Day.


Parish Guidelines for Political Activity

As Catholics, we must never be afraid of bringing our faith into the public square. However, because the Church is not a political entity, we must make sure that our individual advocacy efforts are kept distinct from the Church's teaching voice. Our guidelines for parish and diocesan political activity clearly lay out which activities are prohibited and which are permissible.


Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship

"Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship" is the official Election Year teaching of the U.S. Catholic bishops. This resource provides guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy, lifting up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens. The Faithful Citizenship webpage includes additional resources, such as bulletin inserts and informational videos.
 

Find many more resources to prepare for election day by visiting www.MNCatholic.org/Election. We will continue to update this page with any further resources as we near the election.

 

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  Immigration Sunday Minnesota Moves to September 27  
 

Immigration Sunday Minnesota will now coincide with World Day of Migrants & Refugees on September 27th

This is the 106th edition of World Day of Migrants and Refugees - you can find out more about the history of the day here. Immigration Sunday Minnesota began in 2009 and has historically coincided with the Feast of the Epiphany, the day in which we recall the Holy Family's flight into Egypt to seek refuge from King Herod. Recalling the Holy Family being forced to flee the violence of King Herod is precisely what Pope Francis asks us to reflect on in this year's theme, "forced like Jesus Christ to flee," and how we can better meet the needs of those seeking safety.

To begin considering how your parish can mark Immigration Sunday Minnesota we encourage you to view the following resources. We will also keep you updated with further information and resources in the coming weeks and months. If you have any questions or would like to let us know how your parish will be marking Immigration Sunday Minnesota, please email Minnesota Catholic Conference communications manager, Katherine Cross at kcross@mncatholic.org.
 

Take Action

Send a message to U.S. Senators asking them to protect DACA recipients.

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States allowed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to continue. However, the Trump Administration can still attempt to end DACA at a later date. As a result, DACA immigrant youth are safe for now, but could be at risk for deportation in the future. We must not allow this to happen.
 
As Catholics, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person. The U.S. Catholic Bishops urge you to express solidarity with Dreamers and ask you to contact your Senators requesting that they support the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2019 and encourage the Senate to introduce a companion bill to H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act. Click to send a message now and to share this action alert.
 

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