Catholics @ the Capitol Events Begin This Weekend06 Nov

Sign in several languagesNovember 6, 4:25 pm: Polls in Kentucky close in less than two hours and the count will begin. All those who voted fulfilled a basic civic duty and helped select the women and men who will now represent us in Frankfort.

And that means it is time to remember that Faithful Citizenship is not just about voting. The 2013 meeting of the General Assembly is just around the corner and we anticipate a good deal of legislative proposals that Catholics should seek to influence: by supporting those that reflect Gospel values; by defeating those that run counter to our beliefs; and by seeking to amend them in ways that protect poor and vulnerable persons.

Between now and the end of January, 2013, The Conference has scheduled 19 events in the four Catholic dioceses. We invite Catholics to come to at least one of these and learn about issues that need our attention: informed consent for women considering abortion; the abolition of the death penalty in Kentucky, principles that guide our understanding of just tax reform, and life-affirming health care reform – to name a few.

All legislators have received invitations from the Bishop of each diocese, but we encourage you to make a personal call to your own State Senator and State Representative and invite them to join you at these events. You can find there phone numbers here.

The first two events are scheduled for Saturday, November 10: one in Springfield at St. Catharine College, 2735 Bardstown Rd.,  from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.; and the other in Morehead at Jesus Our Savior Parish, 315 Battson Oates Dr., from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bishop Ronald Gainer will be attending the Morehead event.

The complete schedule for all 19 events appeared in the last issue of WITNESS on pages 4 and 5.

In addition to attending one of these events don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and sign up to receive our legislative alerts. We thank you. Share this post on your Facebook page and invite your friends to become Faithful Citizens.

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