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Taking Easter Seriously? Visiting Prisoners? Welcoming Strangers?09 Apr

It is a time of Easter joy and here are a couple of opportunities to put faith into practice, to celebrate the life Jesus won for us by his death and resurrection. To help you celebrate we are happy to announce the following two events designed to give you the tools you need to advocate for an end to the death penalty in Kentucky and for passage of an immigration law that is just, humane, and fair – a new law to fix the broken system now in place.

Please use the links near the end of each item below to register.

Choose LifeEnding the Death Penalty in Kentucky

We have joined with three Louisville Archdiocesan agencies – Catholic Charities, the Pro-Life office and the Office of Lifelong Formation – to sponsor a 2-hour seminar presented by Cathy Jarboe:  “Preparing Catholics for informed involvement in campaigns to repeal state death penalty laws.” Learn more about Cathy and her work with the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty by clicking here.

  • April 16, 7:00 -9:00 PM at St. James Parish in Elizabethtown 307 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, Ky. 42701-1701. Here is a link to driving directions: http://bit.ly/10PCtl0;
  • April 17, 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Maloney Center, 1200 S. Shelby St., Louisville, KY, 40203.

For more information, contact Sharon Schuhmann, Pro-Life Coordinator, Archdiocese of Louisville  502 636-0296 or sschuhmann@archlou.org.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to learn more about the church’s teaching regarding executions and participants will leave with information to share with their parishioners, families, friends, co-workers and legislators about repealing the death penalty in Kentucky.

Please help the planning team by REGISTERING so we know which event you are attending.

If you wish, you can read what Kentucky’s bishops have already said about the death penalty here.

Immigrant DancerImmigration Reform Advocacy Training

Congress and the Obama administration have begun a serious effort to reshape our immigration laws and the U. S. Bishops want to be sure the legislation reflects our Catholic values. Beginning with Pope Pius XII and continuing to the present certain clear principles have guided our advocacy on behalf of the strangers and how to welcome them. A wealth of information is available on the USCCB Justice For Immigrants website and a statement by our own bishops is available elsewhere on this site.

  • On May 16, CCK is sponsoring a workshop at St. James Parish in Elizabethtown for pastors and other parish and church leaders from the dioceses of Louisville and Owensboro regarding comprehensive immigration reform. The day begins at 9:30 am with registration. The workshop will begin at 10 am and conclude at 3 pm. Lunch is provided for all participants. St. James is located at 307 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, Ky. 42701-1701. Here is a link to driving directions: http://bit.ly/10PCtl0.
  • And then on May 23, CCK is sponsoring the same workshop at Pax Christi Parish in Lexington for pastors and other parish and church leaders from the dioceses of Lexington and Covington. The day begins at 9:30 am with registration. The workshop will begin at 10 am and conclude at 3 pm. Lunch is provided for all participants. Pax Christi is located at 4001 Victoria Way, Lexington, KY 40515. Here is a link to help you drive there: http://paxchristilex.org/index.cfm/map.

Kentucky’s four Catholic bishops are strong supporters of justice for immigrants and urge others to advocate for a fair and just reform of the nation’s current immigration laws. These two training events will provide an opportunity to learn more about the church’s teaching regarding immigration and participants will leave with concrete plans for advocating for this just reform.

Since each day includes lunch for participants, please register as early as possible so we can plan to feed you adequately with both great ideas and food.

Please use this convenient REGISTRATION form to let us know which event you plan to attend.

If it is more convenient for you to choose an event outside your own diocese, please do that. Our goal is to help as many of you as possible to celebrate the new life we have in Christ as a result of his Resurrection.

Photo: Courtesy Pat Delahanty, Riverbirch Productions

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