Religious Freedom Week June 22-29

Religious freedom gives us the space to carry out the mission that Jesus has entrusted to the Church. Religious freedom means that Catholics, and all people of goodwill, are free to seek the truth and to live in accordance with that truth, and so to strengthen our common life as a nation.

Beginning June 22 to June 29, the Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates Religious Freedom Week. In the midst of our current challenges, join us as we seek the kingdom and find Strength in Hope. Learn more at www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek .

"U.S. Bishops' Chairmen Respond to U.S. House Vote on Equality Act May 17, 2019 WASHINGTON

Five chairmen of the U.S. Conference  of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have re­ sponded to the U.S. House of Representatives'  passage of the Equality Act (H.R.

5) on May 17, 2019. The Act would add the new terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," as well as "pregnancy [...] or a related medical condition," to the definition of "sex" in federal civil rights laws; expand the types of entities covered under those laws; and exempt itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Upon the bill's passage by 236 to 173 in the House, the bishops said:

"Our faith calls us to uphold every individual's dignity and rights against un­ just discrimination-including in employment,  housing,  and  services-regardless of characteristics or background. Rather than offering meaningful protections for in­ dividuals, the Equality Act would impose sweeping new norms that negatively im­ pact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights. The Act's unsound definitions of 'sex' and 'gender identity' would erase women's distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws. Its sex-based nondiscrimination terms would end women's shelters and many single-sex schools. It would close faith-based foster care and adoption agencies that honor children's rights to a mother and father. The bill would even act as an abortion mandate. We must pursue justice and equality for anyone denied it; but this is a regrettable approach. We are gravely disappointed with the Act's passage in the U.S. House."

The statement was jointly issued by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Develop­ ment; Bishop Michael C. Barber of Oakland, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education; Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty; and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, chairman of the Sub­ committee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage; some of whom had sent or cosigned letters to Members of Congress in opposition to the Equality Act in the months  leading up to Friday's vote.

We, Holy Rosary Church, established in 1913, are led by the Dominican Friars and are dedicated to Our Lady’s honor.

 

Coming from different backgrounds and from across the area, we gather to worship and glorify God with the reverent celebration of the Mass, the sacraments, and the venerable traditions of our Catholic faith. Faithful to the Magisterium and our love of God and neighbor, we strive to live and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We gratefully return to God all that He has given us by using our gifts and talents to build up His Church, support our parish family, and welcome all who yearn for Christ.

Holy Rosary Parish was founded by the Dominican Friars in 1913 when they were invited by Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher to serve the needs of 125 families living in what was then Houston’s south side.

 
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