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Michigan Catholic Conference Wishes All A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

In his 2014 Christmas message, Pope Francis called on all to recognize the beauty of the season, as “Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, is born for us.” As the 2015 year draws to a close and the celebration of Christmas highlights the promises of faith and the joy of Jesus coming into the world, Michigan Catholic Conference, on behalf of the Michigan bishops and the Board of Directors, would like to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Staff is thankful for all the calls, prayers, questions, and advocacy action from Catholics and people of faith across the state throughout 2015. Especially during this Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church, let each person use this time to see how he or she can share the mercy of God with people in need in the community, such as those who are poor, refugees, sick, and grieving, and promote peace in the midst of violence in the world. Read more…

Thanksgiving Provides Time for Gratitude and Service for Others

Michigan Catholic Conference staff would like to wish all a very happy Thanksgiving and safe travels. The celebration of Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect upon and give thanks for the many blessings that are present in each day. It is also an opportunity to remember those on the margins of society, such as those who may be hungry, homeless, grieving, or alone. During this holiday season, Catholic Churches, agencies, and individuals are drawing attention to the dignity of these individuals, offering ways to share compassion as well as to advocate for solutions that address root causes of issues like hunger and homelessness. Initiatives like Poverty USA and Catholic Charities USA provide information on how to help those in need, reflections are available for families to evaluate their blessings, and a prayer is available from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for the nation and for families. Read more…

Focus: November FOCUS Spotlights Reforming Juvenile Justice in Michigan

The U.S. bishops have recognized that the causes of crime can be complex and that “one-size-fits-all” solutions are often inadequate, especially for juvenile offenders. Unfortunately, current policies often treat juveniles as adults in sentencing for certain crimes, even though research has shown that there are significant differences in development, maturity, and decision-making between juveniles and adults. Recently more emphasis has been placed on approaches that aim to reduce incarceration rates and bring about rehabilitation through evidence-based programming. In the latest FOCUS publication, which is distributed to all the Catholic parishes and schools in the state, Michigan Catholic Conference evaluates the state of juvenile justice in Michigan and presents the role Catholic teaching on restorative justice can play in policy discussions. FOCUS includes an examination of approaches to criminal justice, a summary of current juvenile justice legislation in Michigan, and additional resources for further learning. Read more…

U.S. Catholic Conference Welcomes Criminal Justice Legislation

Federal legislation that seeks to reduce certain mandatory minimum sentences, reduce recidivism, and limit solitary confinement for juvenile offenders recently found favor with Archbishop Thomas Wenski, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development , and Sister Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities USA. While noting that Pope Francis visited a Correctional Facility during his recent stay in Philadelphia, Archbishop Wenski said “We must try to ensure that sentences are just, while creating humane space in which individuals can restore their lives with the kind of support that reduces the chances that they will return to prison in the future. These reforms are a step in the right direction.” The bi-partisan “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015” was introduced recently in the United States Senate. Read more…

“Every Life is Worth Living” is the Theme for 2015 Respect Life Month

Each year, the month of October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in the Catholic Church. The goal of the month is to celebrate the gift of human life and to promote a culture that recognizes the dignity of all people. This year’s theme for the month, which kicks off with Respect Life Sunday on October 4th, is “Every Life is Worth Living.” Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the USCCB, issued a statement highlighting this theme, calling all lives “a good and perfect gift,” whether they last “for a brief moment or for a hundred years.” More information on Respect Life Month and the 2015–2016 Respect Life program materials…

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Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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