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    We hold life sacred from conception to natural death. We support policies and services that assist pregnant women to make life-affirming choices.

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        Human Dignity

    We believe that each person has a right to access the basic necessities of life. We advocate for food and income security for all and pay special attention to the needs of women and children.

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    We believe that the dignity of the human person applies to both victim and offender. We advocate for restorative justice policies for all impacted by the criminal justice system.

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    We support—as a matter of justice—access to a high quality education for all children.  We affirm that all parents have both the right and the responsibility to be involved in their childrens' education.

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    We support and defend the institution of marriage as the basic foundation of society.  We advocate for tax, workplace, welfare and divorce policies that enhance family unity.

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    We affirm our religious liberty, which is guaranteed in both the U.S. Constitution and the California state constitution.

Benefits Multiply in Ministry for the Disabled

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KatinaSaturdays at any bowling alley are a cacophony of talking, laughing and slow thunder as bowling balls roll down the lanes.  But on this Saturday there seems to be extra joy in the air as Camp ReCreation sponsors Holy Bowling – one of its most popular activities for its handicapped and developmentally disabled clients.

Camp ReCreation is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by Father Patrick Leslie and Sister Anne Lucey and is open to people ages 10 to 65+.  

Activities like Holy Bowling take place year round but its main event is the program it offers every summer at Camp Ronald McDonald near Eagle Lake in Northern California.  Campers are assigned their own counselor for the week, who accompany them to meals and activities, stay with them in their tent at night and see to their personal needs.

"This relieves a lot of the anxiety and homesickness the campers might otherwise feel, being away from their families," says Kathi Barber, the program director in Sacramento.  Originally there were two sessions in June, but demand was so great that a third was added.

A Life Devoted to Service and Prayer

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A Life Devoted to Service and Prayer
California Bishops Honor Those Leading a Consecrated Life

ConsecratedLife(En Español) During 2015, the Year of Consecrated Life, the Bishops of California join with Pope Francis and the worldwide Catholic Church in honoring the women and men who fulfill their baptismal vocation by formally consecrating their lives to service, prayer and care for others.

Download a PDF version of "A Life Devoted to Service and a Prayer"

The sisters, brothers and priests in contemplative communities, apostolic institutes and religious orders are a gift to us all. They are a living example of discipleship by their commitment to Christ, holiness, and compassionate service to others. They daily bring the joyful Gospel message to our world. Their fidelity to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience enriches the life of the Church.

Various religious orders of women and men have long graced California with their unique charisms and courageous missionary zeal. With a heartfelt devotion to the people of California and with a particular concern for the poor and immigrants, they have built schools, hospitals, social services, missions, children's homes and other institutions to address the needs of our communities. In doing so, they helped build the virtue and vitality of the Golden State.

Franciscans built the Missions beginning with San Diego in 1769. In 1854, the Sisters of the Presentation began ministries to serve settlers flocking to California during the Gold Rush. In 1872 the Sisters of the Holy Family were founded in San Francisco. At the urging of Archbishop Joseph Alemany –himself a Dominican – the Jesuits, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary, the Daughters of Charity and others opened schools and other ministries throughout California. These are only a glimmer of the formidable legacy of religious men and women who came to serve all Californians:

Lazarus in California: Millions in Poverty Merit Discernment, Not Politicking

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perscpective-150There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. (Luke 16: 19-20)

U.S. Census data recently showed that 5.6 million people in the Golden State live below the poverty line – nearly one in seven Californians. Sadly, two million of them are children.

At the same time, Pope Francis has challenged the world to recognize the poor, who like Lazarus in the Gospel parable, are sitting at our gate (Luke 16). In fact, earlier this year, the Pope took a lot of heat when he tweeted that “Inequality is the root of social evil.”

Many people reacted to the headline, without examining the entirety of the Pope’s challenge to the world, says Bishop Robert McElroy, auxiliary bishop of San Francisco. The Bishop summarized that challenge in a simple way: how do we recognize and help the Lazarus’ of our day?

The “rich man” wasn’t necessarily a bad person, he just never noticed Lazarus. (Nevertheless, the parable doesn’t end well for him.)

As Bishop McElroy explains in an article and a follow-up podcast in America Magazine, the Pope consistently emphasizes the need to create pathways out of poverty:

The cry of the poor captured in “The Joy of the Gospel” is a challenge to the “individualistic, indifferent and self-centered mentality” so prevalent in the cultures of the world; it is a call to confront the evil of economic exclusion and begin a process of structural reform that will lead to inclusion rather than marginalization.

Unfortunately, in today’s world of extreme polarization, creating those structural pathways out of poverty is caught up in partisanship and extreme politicking.

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