Father Michael J. McGivney Center of Hope and Healing Opens Its Doors

On August 14th, The Well of Mercy, a Father Michael J. McGivney Center of Hope and Healing, opened its’ doors to single pregnant women who choose life. Five mothers, three of which will give birth in the next 3 weeks, now have a home. We are a much needed extension of the Pregnancy Assistance Centers by providing transitional housing.

The Chicago center is the first of six Fr. Michael J. McGivney Centers of Hope and Healing to be established. Our goal is to open a center in each of the six dioceses in the State of Illinois. The Center is named after the founder of the Knights of Columbus, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.

On Sunday, September 23, we will have an open house and you are invited to visit our new home between the hours of noon and 4:00 PM. We are located at 6339 N. Fairfield Ave, Chicago. We have much to do to clean and renovate the facility and you may decide, after visiting, that you want to help us. Your time and talents are essential in the support of this mission. Visit us on September 23rd, see for yourself, The Holy Spirit may tap you on the shoulder and you may decide you want to help get involved and share in the joy of this new Catholic initiative. For more information visit us at www.mcgivneycenter.com or call us at (773) 889‐6470.

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Liberal or Conservative ??????


Liberal or Conservative ??????

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.

If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.

If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.

If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.

A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.

Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.

A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.  Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course !!!!!!

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.

A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends !!!!!!

A liberal will delete it because he’s “offended”.

Submitted by Bob S.

New York doctor works to deliver care consistent with Catholic values

By Beth Griffin
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK – “Catholic women in many communities feel they have no access to health care that is consistent with their values,” said the founding director of a new women’s medical center in midtown Manhattan that will provide “authentically Catholic” primary care, obstetrics, natural family planning and infertility treatment.

Dr. Anne Mielnik said Gianna – The Catholic Healthcare Center for Women is the first dedicated practice in New York and one of only a handful in the country to offer a combination of effective infertility treatment alternatives to morally objectionable assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization.

The facility, sponsored by St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, opened Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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Letter from Kennedy that Obama hand-delivered to the Pope skirted abortion issue

Excerpts of Kennedy letter to pope and response

By The Associated Press (AP) – 16 hours ago

Excerpts of the letter from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy that President Barack Obama delivered to Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year and an account of the pope’s response, as read by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington:

“Most Holy Father I asked President Obama to personally hand deliver this letter to you. As a man of deep faith himself, he understands how important my Roman Catholic faith is to me, and I am so deeply grateful to him. I hope this letter finds you in good health. I pray that you have all of God’s blessings as you lead our church and inspire our world during these challenging times. I am writing with deep humility to ask that you pray for me as my own health declines.

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Editor’s note: Forgiveness of sins within the Sacrament of Reconciliation requires contrition, along with (at least) a firm purpose and real possibility of amendment, with the hope of genuine and permanent repentance, acccording to God’s grace, for the sins that we freely commit. We don’t know what the Senator may have confessed just prior to his death, but if his letter is any indication, this man who claimed his Catholic faith was so imporant to him obviously never learned the critical importance of a good confession. May God have mercy on the soul of this heretical Catholic who brought great scandal on the church, and who facilitated the unjust and gruesome destruction of tens of millions of unborn babies. 

More on this at Tom Roeser’s Blog

A Guiding Principle to the Debate on Healthcare: The Principle of Subsidiarity

Given the anti-Catholic bias in many circles, I must point out that the Catholic Church has no desire to gain power over the State, or even impose its teachings on those who do not share our Faith. Nevertheless, the Church offers her various social teachings, such as the Principle of Subsidiarity, as guiding principles in order to do Her part to promote reasonable dialogue and to make the Church’s own contribution toward the common goal of a just solution to social issues such as healthcare.

We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est , 28).

The Principle of Subsidiarity, which has been an integral part of Catholic Social teaching for over a century, states that only things that need to be done at the national or “federal” level should be done by a “federal” government; and allows for things that can be done at the local or smaller level to be done at the more local and smaller units of society. Where individuals, intermediary groups, or small private groups of persons can address the particular exigencies and realities of a given situation, it is best to defer to such smaller groups because human beings need some flexibility and autonomy in order to effectively address their particular circumstances.

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Seen on the web: On Obama, health care, social justice, abortion

I am still waiting to see how anyone brings the dead babies social justice.

The issue so many cannot understand and to which obviously Pope Benedict spent his time (and gave Obama homework) is that the issue of life comes first … for without life, who cares what health care a dead baby has?

http://deacbench.blogspot.com/2009/07/obamas-catholic-spokesman.html