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					        The Cost is too High; the Loss is too Great                    amendment. Regulations, however, can be changed at will,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            FAITH FORMATION
    The Catholic Bishops of the United States have long and            unless they are governed by statute.
                                                                           Additionally, no provision in the Senate bill incorporates
                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Religious Education)
consistently advocated for the reform of the American health                                                                              Guilty! Now What?
care system. Their experience in health care and in Catholic           the longstanding and widely supported protection for con-          A young man stood in court, his head bowed. His                   Confirmation Class: Wednesday, 6:00 pm
parishes has acquainted them with the anguish of mothers who           science regarding abortion as found in the Hyde/Weldon             lawyer pleads for a second chance, "He has learned                RCIA Class: Thursday, 7:30 pm
are unable to afford prenatal care, of families unable to ensure       amendment. Moreover, neither the House nor Senate bill             his lesson, he won't do it again." Weary from hearing             Sundays: 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (English)
quality care for their children, and of those who cannot obtain        contains meaningful conscience protection outside the abor-
                                                                                                                                          a timeworn argument, the judge's steely gaze warns of             Pre-K – 8th
insurance because of preexisting conditions.                           tion context. Any final bill, to be fair to all, must retain the                                                                     Apologetics………………… Steve Kapp
                                                                       accommodation of the full range of religious and moral ob-         the worst, "If you did not want to go to jail, you
    Throughout the discussion on health care over the last year,                                                                                                                                            Spiritual Development… Sharon Franklin / Dean Cox
the bishops have advocated a bipartisan approach to solving our        jections in the provision of health insurance and services that    should not have broken the law."
                                                                       are contained in current law, for both individuals and institu-        What is it that makes us so insistent on the letter of        Basic Catholic Catechism.....Al Bastinelli
national health care needs. They have urged that all who are
sick, injured or in need receive necessary and appropriate medi-       tions.                                                             the law? Why are we so quick to condemn, so reluc-                Faith Formation Schedule:
cal assistance, and that no one be deliberately killed through an          This analysis of the flaws in the legislation is not com-      tant to give another chance, so like the Pharisees?               Mar. 28 - Palm Sunday - No Classes
expansion of federal funding of abortion itself or of insurance        pletely shared by the leaders of the Catholic Health Associa-          Look how Jesus handles a serious offense. He                  Mar. 31 - Holy Week - RCIA-No Classes (Wednesday)
plans that cover abortion. These are the provisions of the long        tion. They believe, moreover, that the defects that they do        challenges both the accused and the accusers─he calls             Apr. 4 - Easter Sunday - No Classes
standing Hyde amendment, passed annually in every federal bill         recognize can be corrected after the passage of the final bill.    on both to look deep into their hearts. "Go your way,             Apr. 17 - First Confessions - Saturday 10:00 am
appropriating funds for health care; and surveys show that this        The bishops, however, judge that the flaws are so fundamen-                                                                          Apr. 24 - First Communion - Saturday 10:00 am
                                                                                                                                          and from now on do not sin again," he tells the wom-
legislation reflects the will of the majority of our fellow citi-      tal that they vitiate the good that the bill intends to promote.                                                                     May 2 - May Crowning Sunday, All Masses
                                                                       Assurances that the moral objections to the legislation can be     an, restoring her spirit with mercy and forgiveness.
zens. The American people and the Catholic bishops have been                                                                                                                                                May 12 - Confirmation - Wednesday 6:00 pm
promised that, in any final bill, no federal funds would be used       met only after the bill is passed seem a little like asking us,        The bigger challenge is for the accusers. Jesus asks
for abortion and that the legal status quo would be respected.         in Midwestern parlance, to buy a pig in a poke.                    them to consider their own actions, their shortcom-
    However, the bishops were left disappointed and puzzled to             What is tragic about this turn of events is that it needn’t    ings. He tells them to look at themselves? At Mass we
learn that the basis for any vote on health care will be the Senate    have happened. The status quo that has served our national         repeat the phrase, "Lord, have mercy," as a reminder
bill passed on Christmas Eve. Notwithstanding the denials and          consensus and respected the consciences of all with regard to      that our Lord is always merciful, always ready to give
explanations of its supporters, and unlike the bill approved by        abortion is the Hyde amendment. The House courageously             us a second chance. We are called to find it in our
the House of Representatives in November, the Senate bill deli-        included an amendment applying the Hyde policy to its                                                                                The Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Re-
                                                                                                                                          hearts to do the same for each other. PATRICK DOYLE - Liv-
berately excludes the language of the Hyde amendment. It ex-           Health Care bill passed in November. Its absence in the Se-        ing with Christ                                                   spect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas,
pands federal funding and the role of the federal government in        nate bill and the resulting impasse are not an accident. Those                                                                       is working to stem the tide of abortions
the provision of abortion procedures. In so doing, it forces all of    in the Senate who wanted to purge the Hyde amendment               "Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright
us to become involved in an act that profoundly violates the           from this national legislation are obstructing the reform of                                                                         through their various ministries. Assisting
                                                                                                                                          guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard,
conscience of many, the deliberate destruction of unwanted             health care.                                                       protect, and enlighten families." VEN.POPE JOHN PAUL II           women in crisis pregnancies requires prayers
members of the human family still waiting to be born.                      This is not quibbling over technicalities. The deliberate                                                                        and financial assistance. We can help with
    What do the bishops find so deeply disturbing about the            omission in the Senate Bill of the necessary language that
Senate bill? The points at issue can be summarized briefly. The        could have taken this moral question off the table and out of                                           Living with Christ           both. Pray for these women and make your
status quo in federal abortion policy, as reflected in the Hyde        play leaves us still looking for a way to meet the President’s                                                THIS WEEK              financial contribution by using the Baby Bank
Amendment, excludes abortion from all health insurance plans           and our concern to provide health care for those millions           In Sunday's second reading, Paul encourages us to                cans or sending a check anytime throughout
receiving federal subsidies. In the Senate bill, there is the provi-   whose primary care physician is now an emergency room               consider what we gain by living with Christ. In the
sion that only one of the proposed multi-state plans will not          doctor. As Pope Benedict told Ambassador to the Holy See                                                                             the year to Catholic Pro-Life Committee.
                                                                                                                                           first readings this week, a newborn child is the sign
cover elective abortions – all other plans (including other multi-     Miguel H. Diaz when he presented his credentials as the
                                                                       United States government’s representative to the Holy See,          the people have gained God's protection. With their              We encourage each household to pick up a
state plans) can do so, and receive federal tax credits. This
                                                                       there is “an indissoluble bond between an ethic of life and         patience worn out by their journey, the Israelites
means that individuals or families in complex medical circums-
                                                                                                                                           gain God's powerful healing after their sin of ingra-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Baby Bank can at the back of the church, be
tances will likely be forced to choose and contribute to an insur-     every other aspect of social ethics.”
ance plan that funds abortions in order to meet their particular           Two basic principles, therefore, continue to shape the          titude. The three friends in the fiery furnace gain              generous and return the can on Mercy Sun-
health needs.                                                          concerns of the Catholic bishops: health care means taking          God's protection because of their fidelity. In the               day, the Sunday after Easter. They can be re-
    Further, the Senate bill authorizes and appropriates billions      care of the health needs of all, across the human life span;        gospels, Jesus explains that through their relation-             turned any Sunday before then by placing
of dollars in new funding outside the scope of the appropria-          and the expansion of health care should not involve the ex-         ship with him his followers will gain light for their
tions bills covered by the Hyde amendment and similar provi-           pansion of abortion funding and of polices forcing everyone                                                                          them in front of the altar.
                                                                                                                                           journey, and entry into eternal life, and a truth that
sions. As the bill is written, the new funds it appropriates over      to pay for abortions. Because these principles have not been
                                                                                                                                           will set them free. Mary's Annunciation (Thur) cel-              See www.prolifedallas.org for more informa-
the next five years, for Community Health Centers for example          respected, despite the good that the bill under consideration
                                                                                                                                           ebrates the great things that happen when we
(Sec. 10503), will be available by statute for elective abortions,     intends or might achieve, the Catholic bishops regretfully
                                                                                                                                           choose to do God's will.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tion or contact our pro-life parish coordinator,
 even though the present regulations do conform to the Hyde            hold that it must be opposed unless and until these serious
                                                                       moral problems are addressed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Betty Culling at 903-587-2366.
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                                                                                                                                 The 2010 Census: Coming Soon                              SOBRE EL CENSO
                                                                                                                                                                                           En marzo del 2010, más de 130 millones de direcciones
                                                                                                                                 As the 2010 Census approaches, each of our house-         a través de la nación recibirán el cuestionario del Censo
                                                                                                                                 holds will receive a form. Since the census has such an   del 2010 por correo. La Constitución de los EE.UU. re-
                                                                                                                                 impact on the communities in which all of us live and     quiere un censo nacional cada 10 años con el propósito
                                                                                                                                 work, our organization has partnered with the U.S.        de readjudicar los espacios en la Cámara de Represen-
                                                                         From: Catholic Charities of Dallas                      Census Bureau to encourage participation. As man-         tantes de los EE.UU. Todas las personas que viven en los
                                                                         Missionary Cooperative Needs Parish Hosts               dated by the U.S. Constitution, every person living in    Estados Unidos deben ser contadas sin importar edad,
                                                                                                                                 the United States must be counted – both citizens and     raza o grupo étnico; tanto ciudadanos como no ciudada-
                                                                         We are now asking parishes to participate in this       noncitizens. Data from this national count help deter-    nos. Además, los datos del censo tienen influencia directa
                                                                         year’s Missionary Cooperative Plan. Each year the       mine key funding and government representation            sobre la distribución anual de más de $400 mil millones
Please bring plastic eggs and candy for                                                                                          decisions. Please complete and mail back your form        de dólares en fondos federales a gobiernos estatales,
                                                                         Diocese hosts a number of missionary groups to
the children's Great Easter Egg Hunt.                                    make an appeal in a parish during one weekend.          and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to       locales y tribales. Por favor, llene y devuelva su cuestio-
                                                                         Click here to download 2010 Missionary Guide-           do the same. For more information, visit                  nario y exhorte a sus familiares, amigos y vecinos a hac-
                                                                         lines. If your parish is willing to host a Missionary   http://2010census.gov.                                    er lo mismo. Para más información, visite
                                                                                                                                                                                           http://2010.census.gov.
                                                                         appeal this summer, please contact Catarina
                                                                                                                                 The 2010 Census: What’s in it For You?                    BENEFICIOS DEL CENSO
                                                                         Torres at torres@central.catholiccharitiesdallas.org
                                                                                                                                                                                           Como miembros de esta comunidad creyente y de las
                                                                         or by phone, 214-520-6590 ext: 124.                                                                               comunidades donde vivimos y trabajamos, tenemos mucho
                                                                                                                                 As members of this faith-based community and the
2010 Scholarship Applications can be obtained                                                                                    communities in which we live and work, each of us has     que ganar con nuestra participación en el Censo del
off of the St. Elizabeth web site. Applicants                            Opportunities for Immigration Advocacy                  a lot at stake as we prepare to complete our 2010         2010. Cada año, el gobierno federal distribuye más de
                                                                                                                                 Census form. By participating, we can affect the          $400 mil millones de dólares a los gobiernos estatales,
must return these forms by April 18, 2010. (ste-                          March 19-22 is the Ecumenical March and Advo-          quality of life in our community for the better. Every    locales y tribales, basándose en los datos del Censo.
bonham@verizon.net)                                                      cacy Weekend for Comprehensive Immigration              year, the federal government distributes more than        Nuestra organización puede utilizar la información del
                                                                         Reform in Washington, DC. The Catholic Justice          $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments       Censo para solicitar fondos y decidir la ubicación de
From: Department of Catechetical Services                                for Immigrants Campaign is                              based on census data – funding used for new roads,        nuevas instalaciones y programas. Al llenar y devolver
                                                                         participating in this event along with many other       schools, hospitals and to enhance important communi-      por correo su cuestionario del Censo del 2010, usted
Connecting Catholic Families with the                                                                                            ty programs. Faith organizations like ours use census     ayudará en la toma de decisiones sobre fondos para
                                                                         faith communities and organizations and we hope
Bible                                                                    to involve our own Dallas faithful in this campaign.    data to apply for grants that fund programs and           nuestras escuelas, hospitales y centros de cuidado infantil;
                                                                         A number of Dallas churches and non-profits have        initiatives that are important to our community. Census   también influenciará nuestra voz en el Congreso. Los da-
A workshop entitled Connecting Catholic Families with                    been working together to secure bus transportation      data also give us a voice in Congress as the data is      tos que se obtengan se utilizarán para determinar los
the Bible, provided by the Center for Ministry Develop-                  for participants to and from DC for $50 a person.       used to determine the number of seats each state will     distritos electorales para los cargos públicos a nivel mu-
ment, will be held on March 24 at St. Ann Parish in Cop-                                                                         have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Please         nicipal, estatal y federal. Asuma un rol en las decisiones
                                                                         Buses will depart Dallas on Friday, March 19 from
pell. Information and registration can be found online                                                                           complete and mail back your form and encourage            importantes que los líderes del gobierno tomarán en los
                                                                         Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church and will
www.cmdnet.org/bibleworkshop or by calling 888-723-                                                                              your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.        próximos 10 años. Por favor, llene y or favor llene y de-
                                                                         return Monday March 22. To register in English                                                                    vuelva por correo su cuestionario envíe su cuestionario y
2433. The fee for the day is $49.                                                                                                For more information, visit http://2010census.gov.
                                                                         contact Zara Tariq at the Dallas Peace Center at                                                                  exhorte a sus familiares, amigos y vecinos a hacer lo
                                                                         214-823-7793 for a flyer with more details please       The 2010 Census: Your Responses Are Safe                  mismo. Para más información, visite
Justice for Immigrants Postcard Campaign                                 click here.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has                                                                                                                                        http://2010.census.gov.
launched a postcard campaign to Congress in support of                                                                           You have likely received your http://2010census.gov.      LLENANDO EL CUESTIONARIO
immigration reform. It is anticipated that immigration reform            Para registrarse favor de comunicarse con el Hno.       2010 Census form. One of the shortest census forms in     La mayoría de ustedes ya debe haber recibido el cues-
could be considered in 2010. Postcards are available [at                 Gabino Cortés de La Fundición de Cristo al 214-         history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and       tionario del Censo del 2010. Con sólo 10 preguntas, es
the back of the church/location]. This is an important public            664-3837. Para un volante con más información           takes about 10 minutes to complete. It’s easy, impor-     uno de los más cortos de la historia del censo y llenarlo
policy issue which impacts individuals and families of our               presione aquí. Please have the flyers available for     tant and safe, and your participation is vital. By law,   toma alrededor de 10 minutos. Es fácil, es importante y
diocese and nation and we encourage you to participate in the            your parishioners. Questions? Contact: Catarina         the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s       es confidencial. Por ley, la Oficina del Censo de los
campaign.                                                                Torres, Catholic Charities of Dallas at 214-520-        personal information with anyone, including other         EE.UU. no puede compartir la información personal de un
                                                                         6590 ext: 124.                                          federal agencies and law enforcement entities.            individuo con nadie, ni siquiera con otras agencias fede-
More information on the Campaign and the Church’s                                                                                Please complete and mail back your form and en-           rales o entidades del orden público. P del Censo del
stance for Comprehensive Immigration Reform can be                                                                               courage your family, friends and neighbors to do the      2010 y exhorte a sus familiares, amigos y vecinos a hac-
found at www.justiceforimmigrants.org.                                                                                           same.                                                     er lo mismo. Su participación es vital.
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