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January 19, 2018

Tell Legislators to Vote ‘No” on Bill to Mandate Abortion Pills at College Health Centers – SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) would require the on-campus health centers of public universities in California to offer abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486 as advocates continue to promote abortions in any way they can.  The bill passed the two Senate committees and is now headed to the floor.  Please take action today!

Join CCC Twitter Campaign to Support DACA -The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has embarked upon a Twitter campaign urging lawmakers to support a permanent solution for the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Check out our Twitter Page and retweet our post to help ensure our lawmakers see the importance of DACA for so many in our state and across the country.

The negotiations regarding DACA continue to change by the hour. Visit the CCC Twitter feed and Facebook Page regularly for the latest developments.  Read our feature story on some outstanding California DACA recipients here.


National Catholic Schools Week Begins Jan. 28

The theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Events will take place from January 28 through February 3. Celebrations will include Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large.

As Catholic schools frequently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors, the demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools is growing.

In a released statement last year, the California Catholic Bishops expressed their pride that “Catholic schools continue to educate all students, including the newly arrived immigrant and the often neglected student on the margins of society. We know that, with God’s grace and our concerted, collaborative effort, California’s Catholic schools have a robust future.”

For more information, click here or visit our Education page for more on important educational issues in California.

You can also check in with your diocese for local Catholic Schools Week events and open houses.


2018 California Life Marches and Events

Catholics and other people of faith will hold several public demonstrations this week and next to affirm their support of life.  Held each year near the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the marches and gatherings have grown larger and larger each year.

Click on the links below to find an event to celebrate the sacred gift of life.

·      One Life LA – Los Angeles, Saturday, January 20, 2018

·      Walk for Life West Coast – San Francisco, Saturday, January 27, 2018

·      San Diego Walk for Life  - San Diego, Saturday, January 20, 2018

·      Choose Life 2018 Youth Symposium – Sacramento, Tuesday, January 22, 2018

The USCCB hosted the National Prayer Vigil for Life started yesterday but there is still time to join the 9 Days for Life digital pilgrimage of prayer and action focused of cherishing the gift of every person’s life. 


Human Trafficking Prevention Month Action Items

January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. Each year, an estimated 17,000 men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries, and refugees and unaccompanied children are especially vulnerable.

While you may feel there is little that you can do to help combat this human atrocity, there is actually much you can do, including keeping a watchful eye to help identify victims of human trafficking

Through USCCB’s Become A Shepherd Toolkit, you can learn about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping yourself with the educational tools to raise awareness of human trafficking in parishes, schools, or other social networks.

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January 19, 2018
Vol. 11, No. 3