Men Rise Up to the Challenge! Join us!

Men Rise Up to the Challenge!

Join us!

Men around the world are stepping-up to the RISE Challenge this September 17th.

The question is: Will you join us?

We are pleased to invite you to an exciting experience which hopefully will enrich your personal life as well as the lives of those around you.  Today’s men are under a lot of pressure, at work and at home. Whether you’re single, a father with kids at home, married with no kids at home, divorced or widowed, we all need help balancing the demands of each day. But not only that, we’re supposed to be living life to the fullest, and finding joy even amidst the grind of work and family life.  And so, in light of these realities, we invite you to take a 30-Day Challenge with the men of St. Frances Cabrini Parish through RISE. It only takes about 5 to 7 minutes each morning, but it will give you the tools you need to take your life and relationships to the next level. Our hope is that many men of the Parish will RISE to this challenge. It’s only 30 days, but the impact it will have on your life is tremendous.  

The RISE: 30 Day Challenge is a powerful video series that has changed the lives of thousands of men around the world. It’s delivered right to your email and again it only takes about 5 to 7 minutes each morning. There is a very modest cost of $32. This investment of $1/day in yourself and your family is priceless.

Just register here MenRiseUp.org for the September 17th start-date.

RISE is for every man, whether you’re just seeking, or have been well-formed, because it takes you deep into your own heart, and challenges you to make what you’ve learned practical. The results are nothing but life-changing.

For more information, visit:   www.menriseup.org.  

 

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President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference and Committee Chairman Response to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference and Committee Chairman Response to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

August 14, 2018

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion.

In response to today’s Pennsylvania grand jury report, Cardinal DiNardo joins Bishop Timothy L. Doherty of Lafayette in Indiana, in issuing the following joint statement. Bishop Doherty is Chairman for the USCCB’s Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The full statement follows:

“The report of the Pennsylvania grand jury again illustrates the pain of those who have been victims of the crime of sexual abuse by individual members of our clergy, and by those who shielded abusers and so facilitated an evil that continued for years or even decades. We are grateful for the courage of the people who aided the investigation by sharing their personal stories of abuse. As a body of bishops, we are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic priests and Catholic bishops.

We are profoundly saddened each time we hear about the harm caused as a result of abuse, at the hands of a clergyman of any rank. The USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People and the office of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection will continue to offer avenues to healing for those who have been abused. We are committed to work in determined ways so that such abuse cannot happen.

The Pennsylvania grand jury report covers a span of more than 70 years. In 2002 the U.S. Catholic bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which commits us to respond promptly and compassionately to victims, report the abuse of minors, remove offenders and take ongoing action to prevent abuse. This Charter was revised and updated in 2011 and again in 2018. We pledge to maintain transparency and to provide for the permanent removal of offenders from ministry and to maintain safe environments for everyone.  All policies and procedures regarding training and background check requirements are made publicly available by dioceses and eparchies.

We pray that all survivors of sexual abuse find healing, comfort and strength in God’s loving presence as the Church pledges to continue to restore trust through accompaniment, communion, accountability and justice.”

Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Bishop Timothy L. Doherty, Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, Pennsylvania, Grand Jury Report, sexual abuse, clergyman, U.S. bishops, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, prevention, accompaniment, accountability, justice.

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Judy Keane

202-541-3200

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STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA REGARDING THE RELEASE OF THE REPORT OF THE 40TH STATEWIDE GRAND JURY

The Attorney General’s investigation and subsequent grand jury report involving six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania has been broad and the content has been difficult to read.  The material is painful for everyone, most especially survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. We deeply regret their pain and remain focused on a path toward healing.

It is important to note that the Archdiocese was not subject to the grand jury investigation and is not part of this report. However, that fact in no way eases our responsibility and longstanding efforts to ensure the safety of children and families in our Church environments.

For more than 15 years, the Archdiocese, along with the Church at large, has put in place a wide range of reforms to protect young people.  We have a zero tolerance policy for clergy, lay employees, and volunteers who engage in abuse of children or misconduct with minors and take immediate action when an accusation is made.

Relevant information can be found at https://childyouthprotection.org and http://archphila.org/archdiocesan-offices/office-of-investigations/.

Some key points are listed below.

All people working with children, including volunteers, undergo criminal background checks and child abuse clearances.

All AOP clergy, staff and volunteers complete Safe Environment training programs and Mandatory Reporter training programs. Over 110,000 adults have received training to recognize, respond and report abuse since 2003.

All young people in grades K-12 receive age appropriate abuse prevention education.

All employees and volunteers who have contact with children are required to report suspicions of child abuse.

A full-time, professional staff develops policies and trainings based on the law, best practices and the “Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries to clearly define acceptable and unacceptable conduct which apply to all Archdiocesan clergy, staff, volunteers, parents, and members of parish communities.

An active “safe environment program” is pursued within all of our parishes, schools, and youth programs for compliance audits and disseminating information and resources on child abuse prevention.  There are 280 designated “Safe Environment Coordinators” diocesan-wide serving parishes, schools and youth ministries.

We encourage the general public to report all suspected child abuse by clergy or anyone participating in an Archdiocesan program to the Commonwealth, local police, and to identified Archdiocesan personnel.

We require our Office of Investigations to handle allegations of misconduct, and every allegation involving minors is reported to law enforcement, logged, and reviewed to determine whether interim restrictions on ministry or employment are required.

We refer allegations against clergy members involving minors, even those solely involving violations of the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries, to the Archdiocesan Review Board, which functions an independent consultative body to the Archbishop.

We submit to regular audits and the USCCB’s annual report process, which allows independent auditors to evaluate and scrutinize the Archdiocese’s youth protection efforts and response.

These layers of protection, including the engagement of secular professionals and direct work with law enforcement, have resulted in far fewer abuse incidents in the Archdiocese than found in society as a whole.

In addition to our efforts at abuse prevention, the Archdiocese also provides ongoing, significant support for survivors of abuse and their families.  We encourage victims to come forward, and we will continue our extensive efforts to help victims of sexual abuse heal.

Studies have now shown that sexual abuse plagues every aspect of our current culture – from sports and public institutions, to the entertainment industry and politics.  Prevention comes from training and constant vigilance.  In that light, our path will remain focused on ensuring that children and young people are protected, and wrongdoers are reported to law enforcement.

To make a report: To report an allegation of sexual abuse, immediately contact your local law enforcement agency and/or the Archdiocesan Office of Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.  Mandated reporters are required to call ChildLine, which is staffed by the Department of Public Welfare at 1-800-932-0313.

To report a violation of The Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries, contact the Archdiocesan Office for Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.

If you need support or assistance, victim services and referrals are available through the Victim Assistance Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or www.childyouthprotection.org.

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Editor’s Note: For further information regarding efforts on the part of the Archdiocese to protect the children and young people entrusted to her care as well as to assist survivors on their journey to healing, please visit https://tinyurl.com/AOPPledgetoProtect.

Contact:

Contact: Kenneth A. Gavin
Chief Communications Officer
215-587-3747 (office)

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Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection Issues Joint Statement with PA Office of Victim Advocate and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape Regarding Statewide Grand Jury Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2018
Joint Response to Release of Grand Jury Report
Harrisburg, PA– The Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Child and Youth Protection have joined to share resources and provide support to survivors and parishes in the wake of the release of the grand jury report.
We recognize that news coverage about sexual abuse, transcripts of victim testimony, and the resultant conversations amongst friends, neighbors and family can often be traumatic and bring about feelings of helplessness, anger or despair for victims, parishes and the community.
This report and its scope may deeply impact victims and our community at large. We want all affected to know they are not alone – there are free and confidential resources for those victims identified within the report, for parishioners in need of assistance with processing the report, as well as the community in general who may need guidance in talking through the emotional toll. Our agencies are available to provide supportive measures your community may need – assistance with hosting dialogue around these difficult realities, help in locating written resources for hope and healing, validation via phone or community in-person conversation.
The entities identified below are free and confidential for anyone who is in need of guidance or assistance. Information will not be shared between agencies.
For those seeking rape/sexual assault counseling:
For those seeking resources within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and for information on resources available in other Pennsylvania diocese:
            For those seeking community crisis response assistance:
Keystone Crisis Intervention Team
            215-343-6543
As the partnership between these three entities continues, ongoing resources will be developed and shared throughout Pennsylvania.
If you suspect child abuse, call ChildLine, the 24-hour statewide system operated by the PA Department of Human Services, toll free at 800-932-0313.
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National Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

 

The National Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Each Friday, between August 3rd and September 28th, the standing weekly Call to Prayer will be adapted as a nine-week Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life. In addition to the current invitation to fast on Fridays, participants are encouraged to pray one Our FatherHail Mary, and Glory Be for the intention of this novena.

This initiative was prompted by the announcement earlier this summer that United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy would retire. Neither the Archdiocese of Philadelphia nor the USCCB supports or opposes the confirmation of any presidential nominee. However, given this historic moment, the U.S. bishops are urging all people of good will to pray that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court may move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.

For additional resources, please visit http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/legal-protection-of-human-life.cfm.

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Get Your PREP Night Choice in Now, Register Today!

GET YOUR PREP NIGHT CHOICE IN NOW! 

 

Parents please mark your calendars! PREP classes for the 2018 – 2019 school year will begin during the week of September 10th and 11th. Limited Availability for Certain Evenings, Register today! 

In order to accommodate varying family schedules, we offer PREP sessions on Monday evenings and Tuesday evenings. Please note, kindergarten will ONLY be offered on Monday evening, and our Special Religious Education Program (SPRED) will ONLY be offered on Tuesdays. You will have the opportunity on the registration form to request the evening session of your choice. However, available seats for each session are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Prior to the beginning of PREP, you will receive a letter in the mail with more information regarding the night you received and the first night of PREP. No registrations will be processed on the opening nights of PREP.

Visit the Parish Website to register online at: https://saintfrancescabrini.net/youth-2/youth/prep/

If at any time you have questions, please contact Miss Jean E. Madden at the St. Frances Cabrini Rectory at 215-946-1115. Thank you!

 

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Welcome to Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church

We’re excited to debut our new mobile site at:

SaintFrancesCabrini.net

You’ll find our latest news announcements. This is what we’re most excited about — being able to connect with you about information, events, and opportunities in the parish in a more timely fashion than even with our print bulletin.

Mass is Celebrated Sundays 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM (Saturday Vigil 5:30 PM)

Monday-Saturday 9:30 AM & Holy Days 6:30 AM, 12 PM, 7 PM

Even better, you can subscribe via e-mail (don’t worry, it’s free!) to receive these latest news posts in your inbox. Click the green email button below to subscribe!

There are a host of other features and new offerings which you can discover by browsing through our web presence. Read about the wonderful site which will keep you engaged with the best Catholic content: FORMED   Sign up with your free subscription to get started!

Be sure to connect with us on our Facebook page, and stay in touch as we continue to share the new and exciting things happening at Saint Frances Cabrini!

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President of U.S. Bishops Conference Issues Statement on Course of Action Responding to Moral Failures on Part of Church Leaders

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God. Click here to read the statement.

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Looking forward to the start of a new PREP year!

PREP Registration is NOW OPEN!

Requests for Monday or Tuesday evening sessions are filled on a rolling basis. Once a class is filled, students will automatically be assigned to the evening with remaining availability. Parents are encouraged to register early in order for their children to be enrolled in their preferred evening session.

Click HERE to Register

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Bishops Send a Clear Message to US Government, No Funding for Abortion in Family Planning Programs

Call to Action
Today, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops acting together with the Southern Baptists Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the Catholic Medical Association sent a clear message to the US Department of Health and Human Services supporting the Agency’s proposal to stop any funds going to abortion facilities through government family planning programs.

Implementation of the “Protect Life Rule” is an important priority for all three organizations.

You can read the letter here.

You can personally support this important interdenominational effort by submitting comments of your own here. And please, share this alert with all your friends.

The deadline for submitting your comments is July 31, 2018.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion purveyors are flooding the Department of Health and Human Services opposing the “Protect Life Rule,” so please support our bishops and take action.

The proposed regulations can be viewed here.

Sample message:

“Most Americans recognize that abortion is not family planning or healthcare and has no place in a taxpayer-funded family planning program. I strongly support the proposed rule on the Title X program because it will help ensure that abortion-related activities are kept separate from this pre-pregnancy family planning program. For too long, Title X has been used to subsidize the abortion industry. We need these regulations in order to draw a bright line between what happens before a pregnancy begins and what happens after a child has been created, as Congress clearly intended.”

Background:

Title X of the Public Health Service Act (Title “Ten”) was created in 1970 as a pre-pregnancy federal family planning program to help poor women limit and space their family size. It was created in the heat of the population control movement, yet even though its authorization expired in 1985, Congress continues to appropriate yearly money.

Embedded in the authorizing law itself is a strict prohibition on its funds being used for abortion demonstrating the intent of Congress that Title X should be completely apart from the controversial and, at that time, still mostly illegal activity of abortion.  In fact, it was argued that Title X was needed in order to reduce the abortion rate.

In spite of this prohibition, the program guidelines governing the early years of the program soon required abortion referrals and allowed abortion providers to perform abortions in the same location, arguably allowing the program to become a direct channel for abortion providers to receive clients as well as federal money for their non-abortion offerings.

To respond to this abuse, President Reagan issued formal regulations in 1987 requiring that Title X service sites be physically and financially separated from abortion centers and not refer or counsel for abortion. These regulations were challenged and successfully defended by the Bush 41 Administration in the US Supreme Court case Rust v. Sullivan of 1991. However, they were rescinded in January of 1993 under President Clinton and replaced by regulations later that year requiring abortion referrals and allowing co-location of Title X clinic sites with abortion sites.

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