The Latest Updates on Important Policy Issues from the PA Family Institute

The Latest Updates on Important Policy Issues

Next week, both the PA House and Senate are back in session and there are three good bills we need your help with to get the support of your State Senator and State Representative. (For each issue, after using our Citizen Action Center, please return to this email for links to the next action needed.)

School Choice
Bill: House Bill 1800
Summary: The current Harrisburg school district situation is a mess, with staggering amounts of taxpayer dollars per student spent in a failed school system. With more than half of the funding coming from the state, there has to be a better solution for taxpayers and these students. House Bill 1800 would help families in Harrisburg receive scholarships to make a better education possible for their children by choosing a different school. This would be a pilot program that could serve as a model to help rescue families from failing or unsafe schools in other areas of the state or statewide.

Status: Vote expected Monday in House Education Committee.

Take Action: pafamily.org/studentlifeline

Stop the Targeting of Babies with Down Syndrome
Bill: Down Syndrome Protection Act – House Bill 321
Summary: The majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted with medical professionals often pressuring women into an abortion upon the diagnosis. This bill would help end the targeting of babies with Down syndrome in the womb by prohibiting an abortion solely on the basis of a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Status: In Senate Health Committee, vote could come anytime.

Take Action: pafamily.org/protect

Sex Trafficking
Bill: Buyer Beware Act – Senate Bill 60
Summary: Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. We can take the next step to ending human trafficking here in PA by going after the demand, updating and strengthening our laws against the buyers, whose actions victimize young women, most of whom are between 12- and 14-years-old.

Status: Vote expected next week by full Senate.

Take Action: pafamily.org/buyerbeware

 

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Please ask your state representative to support the Fetal Remains Bill

Please ask your state representative to support the Fetal Remains Bill proposed by PA Rep. Frank Ryan. 

We reached out to you about this measure on the day that it passed the House Health Committee. It is now scheduled to be discussed by the full House next week, so we are asking for your support and action once again.
This legislation provides for the respectful internment of the remains of a child who dies prior to birth. It does not throw an extra burden on the parents who don’t believe such care is warranted. But for those who do, it helps provide important closure.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy, it honors the children of God who are temples of the Holy Spirit.” 

This is one of a number of important bills that are coming up next week that we will be asking you to take action upon. Thank you for your help!!

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Please ask your state Senator to vote “YES” on Senate Bill 60, also known as the “Buyer Beware Act.”

Please ask your state Senator to vote “YES” on Senate Bill 60, also known as the “Buyer Beware Act.

The bill would strengthen penalties for those who patronize victims of human trafficking and for those who force those victims into that role. The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill of York Co. says human trafficking is a tremendous concern in her district and across Pennsylvania.

Dauphin Co. District Attorney Fran Chardo says a majority of those who engage in prostitution are, in fact, victims of human trafficking.

This is one of a number of important bills that are coming up next week that we will be asking you to take action upon.

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First Reconciliation & First Communion Parents’ Meetings

Important Reminder

First Reconciliation Parents’ Meeting

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 PM

First Holy Communion Parents’ Meeting

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 PM

Both meetings will take place in Monsignor Woods Hall.

 

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Please support the 2019 Seminary Appeal

Click here to read Archbishop Chaput’s letter.

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Join us for the three-night PARISH MISSION beginning on Sunday, November 3!

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PARISH MISSION begins on Sunday, November 3!

Don’t Miss this opportunity – this is for the whole family!

You are being invited to attend our Parish Mission on Sunday, November 3, Monday, November 4, and Tuesday, November 5 at 7:00 PM in the church.

Father Tom McCarthy’s message will focus on the Saints, Prayer, and the Family of Faith.  It will be worth your while and it is an excellent way to give yourself an awesome gift before the rush of the holiday season. So, come join us!

SEE THE FULL PARISH MISSION SCHEDULE

 

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Living Saints Museum November 1

Celebrate All Saints Day with Holy Family Regional Catholic School. Attend the Living Saints Museum, November 1, in Nazareth Hall. Museum hours are 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

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Youth Choir – Thursdays at 6PM

All school-aged parishioners are welcome to join us for Youth Choir Rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room. The choir is currently preparing music for our Parish Mission on November 3rd through 5th. Come and experience the joy of singing for the Lord!

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Archbishop Chaput’s Speech at the University of Notre Dame: Things Worth Dying For–The Nature of a Life Worth Living

On Friday, October 11th, Archbishop Chaput delivered an address to the Constitutional Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame. The full text of his talk, “Things Worth Dying For—The Nature of a Life Worth Living,” is attached.  Click here for the full text.

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