Fortnight for Freedom 2017 “Freedom for Mission” takes place June 21 – July 4. Over this 14 day period, we are asked to pray and learn more about religious liberty. The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has put together daily readings and reflections from the Vatican II document, Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae). Follow the link below to the USCCB website for these daily reflections and more.
Voter registration will be happening on the weekends of June 24-25 and July 8-9 after all the Masses. As a citizen voting is a right and a responsibility. This is one way we can exercise faithful citizenship for the common good of all. Those who will be eligible to vote for the first time are especially encouraged to register.
From His throne in heaven to the depths of your heart, these words of Jesus are an invitation for you to receive the new life that He alone can give. He is longing to elevate your life above the things of this world – to help you overcome fear and anxiety, confusion and doubt. He wants to break the things that hold you down and give you freedom from sin. He is calling you to follow Him and enter into a transforming experience with His love, grace, and mercy! He can make you new! THIS SUMMER join thousands of other Catholic teens at the Steubenville Youth Conference and experience the joy of following Christ and being elevated by His love!
Just a few spots left! Submit your permission form with a $50 deposit today! Remaining balances are not due until June 1. We NEVER want cost to be a determining factor when it comes to attending an event. If you need financial assistance for any reason, please contact Liz by emailing email@example.com.
WHO: Any teen going into Freshman Year of High School through those going into Freshman Year of College
WHAT: Steubenville is a weekend-long youth conference that brings together Catholic Youth from all over North America for a time of community, faith-sharing, catechesis, prayer, praise and worship, Adoration, and celebration of the Sacraments.
WHEN: July 7-9, 2017
” Steubenville was a great experience. It brought me closer to God, and it showed me how other people experience Him in different ways…It taught me that God will always be with me even if I sin. It has shown me many ways He shows His love.” – Kaitlyn
“At first I wasn’t sure what was going to happen or how it was going to go, but as the days went on I started to grow closer to God and get deeper into my faith. Thank you.” – Alex
“It was nice to be surrounded with people who share the same beliefs as me. I changed the way I thought on many things throughout this weekend. I now understand more fully how God loves us unconditionally and how he thirsts for us. The craziest, best experience was adoration on Saturday night. I was overcome with feelings of joy, sadness, awe, and so much more from seeing our savior. I started crying as he grew near to me and I felt whole. It was so crazy and awe-inspiring. I will never forget it. This experience changed my spiritual life forever.” – Brooke
This year we have 86 teens graduating from High School! Although many of them will be leaving Holland, we want them to know that they always have a home here at Our Lady of the Lake, and in the Universal Catholic Church. To do this, we would like to provide each graduating senior with an individual or family who will be praying for them over the next year (and beyond).
Are you willing to pray for one of our teens? If so, please see the sign up sheet on the youth table in Fr. Nash Hall, or click here to sign up online.
We hope that through your prayerful intercession, our young people will continue to draw close to Christ and be witnesses of His love to the world.
For questions, please contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-399-1062 Ext. 123.
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The U.S. refugee resettlement program is a life-saving program for the most vulnerable of the world’s refugees. Welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the world is part of our identity as Catholics. We seek to protect the vulnerable and recognize the human dignity of all. Moreover, when the United States through its resettlement program shares responsibility with refugee host countries, it helps the refugees, supports the countries, and helps to enhance peace, security, and stability to sensitive regions in the world. Today, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, the need for the U.S. to show leadership in welcoming refugees and provide freedom from persecution is more urgent than ever.
Refugees who come through the program go through a rigorous, extensive vetting process. If issued, this reported Executive Order would virtually halt the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days, including those who have already gone through up to two years of vetting. Standing up for refugees and for the life-saving resettlement program is consistent with our values as Americans and as Catholics.
There are more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes. As Catholics, we support DACA youth as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children. We have long supported DACA youth and their families. These young people entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home.