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U.S. Bishops Chairman Expresses Deep Concern about Refugees Left in Harm’s Way Due to Lowest Ever Refugee Admissions Ceiling for 2019

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has issued the Presidential Determination (PD) for refugee admissions for fiscal year 2019, setting the level at 30,000 refugees. The PD will be the lowest refugee ceiling in the 38-year history of the resettlement program, with the average annual limit being 95,000 refugees.  Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration has offered the following statement regarding the PD.

Full statement follows:

"As Christians, we believe it is our duty to welcome and help those who are persecuted, including the vulnerable such as children and religious minorities. Resettlement in our country is a way through which we live out our Gospel call to welcome the persecuted into our communities--individuals and families with no viable options to stay where they are or return home. I am saddened by today's major reduction in resettlement to 30,000 refugees. I worry and pray for those refugees left in harm's way by this decision. We urge the Administration to diligently work to reach this year's Presidential Determination as we know that many in the world fleeing war, persecution and religious discrimination continue to desperately need our support. We pledge to work with the Administration to ensure that we reach that goal. We will continue to call for a higher refugee admissions level for next year. We can and must do more to assist those in need."


Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Committee on Migration, President Donald Trump, Presidential Determination, refugee, resettlement


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Judy Keane




Hospital celebrates 125th anniversary

Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital, Tomahawk, welcomed Bishop James P. Powers of the Diocese of Superior to celebrate the hospital’s 125th anniversary Thursday, Sept. 27.

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A new catechetical year kicks off

Catechetical Sunday is celebrated in parishes across the nation in mid-September. However, by then, the diocesan Office for Catholic Formation and parish catechetical leaders had already been hard at work for weeks behind the scenes.

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St. Michael celebrating 125 years

St. Michael Catholic Church in Iron River will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its founding Oct. 14 with a Mass and luncheon. The 10 a.m. Mass on Oct. 14 will be celebrated by Bishop James P. Powers and Fr. Michael Crisp, pastor of St. Michael, assisted by Deacon John Grek. Some historical documents indicate the …

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A trip to remember

Each summer, a Hudson Catholic, Dan Schwab, and a group of other Christian men travel northward to Canada and go on a fishing expedition.

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St. Francis de Sales School celebrates 60 years

The 60th anniversary celebration for St. Francis de Sales School in Spooner took place Sept. 15, also the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

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Glorifying God through greeting cards

The story behind Catholic greeting card company Salutare Stationery is as much a work of art as many of their original-design cards.

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Opioids, pain, and addiction: Balancing ethical duties

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses.

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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on Pro-Life Activities Introduces Respect Life Month with Theme and New, Year-Round Resources (English & Spanish)

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today for Respect Life Month. New resources have been developed around the theme "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent" and are available at Respect Life Sunday is October 7.

Cardinal Dolan's full statement in English and Spanish follows:

"My dear friends in Christ:

The month of October is annually observed by the Catholic Church in the United States as Respect Life Month. We are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between.

Yet this year, as we approach Respect Life Sunday on October 7, our hearts are heavy with revelations of how those who should be most trustworthy have not only failed in this regard but have inflicted immense evil. As USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo expressed, 'the Body of Christ is lacerated.'

At such a time as this, we become even more aware of the need for messengers of God's love and instruments of His healing. We realize again, with renewed urgency, our personal call to help others encounter God's transforming, life-giving love and to defend the sanctity of every person's life, at every stage and in every circumstance.

This year's Respect Life theme is "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent," highlighting our call to build a culture of life as missionary disciples. Drawing upon the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, this theme is briefly unpacked in a short reflection. I humbly invite you to read and reflect on it this Respect Life Month ( (There are also many other resources at that are available for use this month and throughout the year.)

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul tells us, "As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. …If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it" (1 Cor 12:12,26).

We are called and sent to be messengers of God's love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him. In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life. The Body of Christ needs you. The world needs you."


"Queridos amigos en Cristo:

Cada año, la Iglesia católica de Estados Unidos celebra el mes de octubre como el Mes Respetemos la Vida. Somos llamados a atesorar, defender y proteger a las personas más indefensas, desde el principio de la vida hasta el final, y en todas las etapas entre medio.

Sin embargo, este año, al acercarnos al Domingo Respetemos la Vida el 7 de octubre, tenemos el corazón abatido por las revelaciones de la manera en que quienes deberían ser más dignos de confianza no solo han fracasado en ese sentido, sino que han ocasionado un mal inmenso. El cardenal Daniel DiNardo, presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal de Estados Unidos, expresó: "el Cuerpo de Cristo está lacerado".

En un momento como este, tomamos aún más conciencia de la necesidad de ser mensajeros del amor de Dios e instrumentos de su sanidad. Nuevamente, descubrimos, con renovada urgencia, nuestro llamado personal a ayudar a otros a encontrarse con el amor de Dios, transformador y dador de vida, y a defender la santidad de la vida de todas las personas, en cada etapa y en todas las circunstancias.

El tema de este año para Respetemos la Vida es "Cada vida: atesorada, escogida, enviada" y destaca nuestro llamado a construir una cultura de vida como discípulos misioneros. Inspirado en la historia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San Juan Diego, este tema se describe en una breve reflexión. Los invito humildemente a leer y reflexionar sobre este Mes Respetemos la Vida ( (También hay muchos recursos más en que están disponibles para usarlos este mes y durante el año).

En su primera carta a los Corintios, San Pablo nos dice: "El cuerpo humano, aunque está formado por muchos miembros, es un solo cuerpo. Así también Cristo… Si un miembro del cuerpo sufre, todos los demás sufren también." (1 Cor 12,12.26).

Somos llamados y enviados a ser mensajeros del amor de Dios, tratándonos unos a otros como seres valorados y elegidos por Él. Al hacerlo, ayudamos a desarrollar una cultura que respeta toda la vida humana. El Cuerpo de Cristo los necesita. El mundo los necesita.

Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York, pro-life, abortion, Respect Life Month, respect life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, U.S. bishops, women, pregnancy, healing after abortion, persons with disabilities, palliative care, assisted suicide, end of life care, elder care, contraception, missionary disciples, culture of life, prayer


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Judy Keane


President of U.S. Bishops Conference Announces Emergency Collection for 2018 Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has requested that dioceses across the country take up an emergency collection on behalf of those devastated by Hurricane Florence, as well as any forthcoming natural disasters this year.

In a letter sent to bishops last week, Cardinal DiNardo wrote, in part:

"The traditional storm season has only just begun and already we have witnessed the devastating impact of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Five days after land-fall, torrential rain was still falling, and catastrophic flooding is predicted. Already, thousands of homes, businesses, and churches have been severely damaged or destroyed."

"We offer our prayers to families who have lost loved ones or are among those injured. As is often the case, the poor are the hardest hit by these conditions, but many will have immense unmet needs. Staff of our Office for National Collections has been in touch with several bishops to learn about their situations and to offer our prayers and our desire to be of assistance in this time of need.

"Given the patterns of recent years, it is reasonable to expect much more unpredictable weather and an increasing number of natural disasters. Therefore, I suggest we take up a special collection for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and Church needs arising from these storms. In anticipation of more disasters awaiting us this year, I ask that we make a special appeal for the ongoing disasters of 2018 and that we each take up the collection as soon as possible so that those most in need can receive assistance quickly."

Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Florence and any other natural disasters that occur this year. Initially, funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to their long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction. Also, funds will go to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' efforts to assist with pastoral and reconstruction aid to the Church. Humanitarian funds for any future disasters impacting communities outside the US may be shared with Catholic Relief Services for their response efforts.

More information about the Office of National Collections and its support of emergency relief efforts can be found at

Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Collections, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, charity, Hurricane Florence, national collection humanitarian aid, emergency relief


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Judy Keane