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      USCCB joins Pope Francis in calling for peace in the Middle East, Ukraine
       

      WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. bishops to join with him  in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America. He also urged the bishops to express solidarity with Pope Francis in a July 22 letter, which follows.
       
      Dear Brother Bishops,
      May God bless you!
      On Sunday, July 20, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, prayed for peace in all situations of tension and conflict in the world.  He mentioned in particular the Middle East and Ukraine, singling out the terrible crisis of Christians in Iraq with these words:  “Today our brothers are persecuted.  They are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!”
       
      Our own Conference of Bishops has called attention to numerous situations of violence that cry out for peace. There is the terrible conflict between Israel and Hamas that terrorizes Israeli civilians and has cost the lives of more than 500 Gazans, most of whom are civilians. There are the alarming conflicts in Syria and Iraq that have caused millions to flee their homes and tens of thousands to lose their lives. We are mindful of the violent conflict in Ukraine, of the thousands who are displaced, and the hundreds of innocent civilians whose lives were cut short when a passenger jet was shot down.  In Africa there are the often forgotten clashes in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have displaced millions. Closer to home, there is the violence in Central America that is driving unaccompanied children to seek refuge in our country.
       
      All of these tragic situations, and sadly many more, demand our prayer and action for peace.  On Sunday, Pope Francis pleaded:  “May the God of peace arouse in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation.  Violence cannot be overcome with violence.  Violence is overcome with peace!”  Let us join our prayers and calls to action with his.
       
      In the coming days and weeks I urge you to ask our Catholic people to pray for peace and to support diplomatic efforts aimed at dialogue and reconciliation.  As Jesus admonishes us: “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9).  This can be done in personal prayers and in the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass.
       
      We should never underestimate the power of prayer; for it touches and opens us to the power of God among us.  My prayer is that together we might help open our world to God’s gift of peace, a peace that the world cannot give (cf. John 14:27).
      Fraternally yours in our Lord,
       
      Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
      Archbishop of Louisville
      President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

       

      Natural Family Planning Awareness Week - July 20 - 26

      God designed marriage as an "intimate partnership of life and love" (see Gaudium et spes, no. 48). In God's design, marriage is a unique union of one man with one woman "for the whole of life" (see Canon 1055, The Code of Canon Law). Marriage is oriented to the good of the spouses and to the creation and nurture of new human life (see Gaudium et spes, no. 48). Making decisions therefore, about when and how many children to have in marriage is a sacred responsibility that God has entrusted to husband and wife. This is the foundation of what the Church calls, "Responsible Parenthood"--the call to discern God's will for your marriage while respecting His design for life and love.  The Catholic Church supports the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) because they respect God's design for married love. In fact, NFP represents the only authentic approach to family planning available to husbands and wives because these methods can be used to both attempt or avoid pregnancy. When learning about NFP, it is important to know that:  For more information on NFP Awareness Week - July 20 - 26 - click here.

      The Instrumentum Laboris, the agenda of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, is now posted on the Vatican's website. Entitled, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. This document provides a substantive reflection on the major challenges facing the family in the early twenty-first century as well as articulates certain pastoral challenges. Please pray for our bishops as they look forward to the Extraordinary Synod!

      2014 Candidate Questionnaire Project: What’s a Catholic voter to do?

      Catholic faithful are urged to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest. To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled those running for U.S. Congress, the Florida Legislature, and Florida Governor. To see how candidates appearing on the August 26 Primary Election / November 4 General Election ballot responded to the questionnaire, visit www.flaccb.org/CQP/2014.
       

      Catholic Charities provides emergency assistance including medication replacement, gift cards for food, and help finding housing. Call 850-436-6425 for emergency assistance.

    • Calendar
      • Aug 1, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Campfire rosary at St. Anne's Bellview. For more information contact Sr. Margaret at 850-435-3523
      • Aug 2, 2014
        8:15 AM - 1:30 PM
        Service at the Alfred Washburn Center, 31 Murphy Lane, Pensacola.
      • Aug 2, 2014
        9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Aug 8-9, 2014
        For more information contact Sr. Margaret Kuntz, 850-435-3523
      • Aug 9, 2014
        10:00 AM
        Pensacola are young adults day at Fort Pickens. For more information contact Sr. Margaret Kuntz at 850-435-3523
      • Aug 10, 2014
        Knights of Columbus Hall, Ft. Walton Bch.
      • Aug 21, 2014
        7:00 PM
        For the Pensacola area. Theology on Tap will be held at Goatlips Deli in Pensacola.
      • Aug 26, 2014
        7:00 PM
        For the Pensacola area. We will be meeting for Bands on the Beach on Pensacola Beach.
      • Sep 1, 2014
        Pastoral Center closed.
      • Sep 6, 2014
        Fall Reflection Morning