Washington State Catholic Conference Newsletter
September 2, 2021  
  Register today for the WSCC's Cornerstone Catholic Conference  

Check out Archbishop Etienne's video invitation to join the virtual Cornerstone Catholic Conference.  Register today!

  From The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)  
  USCCB Action Alerts For Immigration Reform  

Congress currently has the opportunity to pass positive immigration reform laws via the budget reconciliation process. Click on these action alerts for Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell and your Representative to urge them to pass legislation that would provide legal status with a path to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS)/Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, migrant agricultural workers, and other undocumented essential workers.  Learn more about the need for positive immigration reform and actions you can take here.

  Resources to Help Refugees from Afghanistan  

To learn more about the USCCB's efforts to help refugees from Afghanistan, see their Justice for Immigrants page.  Included are links on how you can help. Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA are also engaged in assisting refugees from Afghanistan. 

  USCCB Welcomes Increase in SNAP Benefits  

In August the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Consequently, the average SNAP benefit will increase in Fiscal Year 2022 beginning on October 1.  The USCCB welcomed these new changes in a statement, noting, "Support for SNAP and other vital nutrition programs is one way we can collectively respond to the Lord's command to feed the hungry.  As a Church, we will continue to advocate for policies like SNAP that help people meet their essential human needs."

  Season of Creation  

September 1 marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and was the first day of the Season of Creation, which runs through the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4.  See USCCB's resources on the Season of Creation here. The Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development encourages Catholics to participate in the Season of Creation in this letter

  National Migration Week and World Day of Migrants and Refugees  

National Migration Week begins on September 20, and World Day of Migrants and Refugees is September 26.  Check out this toolkit and visit the links above for more information and resources on how to mark this day and involve your parish. 

  Resources for October's Respect Life Month  

October's Respect Life Month is just around the corner. Check out these USCCB resources to help your parish prepare.

  From the WA State Catholic Conference (WSCC)  
  Leave a Farewell Message for Bishop Mueggenborg  

Congratulations to WSCC's Bishop Daniel H. Mueggenborg, who has been appointed Bishop of Reno by Pope Francis.  Click here to leave him a farewell message.  The WSCC Board and staff wish to thank Bishop Mueggenborg for his advocacy as an executive board member of the WSCC.  Instrumental in directing state advocacy efforts, Bishop Mueggenborg was active in advancing state legislative priorities.  Just this past year he testified before the state legislature against assisted suicide, led COVID-19 response efforts in the archdiocese, worked with the Governor's office to advance church reopenings and improve procedures, and created an outreach video to educate Catholics opposing the new Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSHE) laws.  We wish you well, Bishop Mueggenborg! Read the Archdiocese of Seattle's press release here.

  Survey: Share Your Advocacy Priorities with The Bishops  

The Washington State Catholic Conference is the public policy voice of the bishops of Washington state, and the WSCC bishops would like to hear what your top Catholic advocacy priorities are.  Participate in this brief survey to let the bishops know which policy priorities you are interested in advocating for.  The survey takes only about two minutes to complete. Thank you for making your voice heard and for participating in the survey.

  Undone Women's Conference (JPII Healing Center): Sept 9-11 in Sammamish  

Ladies, do you desire to live in greater freedom? Are you longing for an authentic encounter with your true feminine identity? Register today for the Undone Women's Conference, where you will experience a time of truth, beauty, and transformation, as the knots of Eve's disobedience are "undone" through Mary's model of radical receptivity. Bring yourself, your mother, your sister, your adult daughters and friends. This is a conference you won't want to miss! Location: Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish.

  Important Dates  

Sept 1              World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Sept 15            National Hispanic Heritage Month begins (ends October 15)

Sept 20            National Migration Week begins

Sept 26            World Day of Migrants and Refugees

October           Respect Life Month 

October 30      WSCC's Virtual Cornerstone Catholic Conference


WSCC Staff

We invite you to contact us at any time.

Mario Villanueva, Executive Director


Adrienne Corpuz Joyce, Director of Policy and Communications     


Tracey Wilson Yackley, Operations Manager



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