SCMC Statement Regarding the HHS

The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church publicly and without reserve support the Catholic Bishops of the United States in opposing the Health and Human Services mandate requiring that all group health plans and health insurance issuers provide the full range of contraceptive methods and services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). We joyfully serve the poor and are deeply concerned about the need for universal healthcare for all Americans, rich or poor, working or unemployed, young or aged. We are, nevertheless, firm in our conviction that no law, even one purportedly aimed at the “common good,” can be seen as “good legislation” if it opposes the moral law, requires persons of faith to betray their consciences, and is in flagrant violation of the freedom of religion clause of the Constitution of the United States.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBCenter) underscores this by pointing out that “the Rule [sic] is creating new law in terms of mandating contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage with no co-pay by the enrollees.” To mandate that faith-based organizations would disregard and contradict their belief in the moral law protecting human life at all stages, by offering health care coverage to their employees that subsidizes the destruction of or interference with the creation of human life is “literally unconscionable,” as Cardinal designate Timothy Dolan of New York, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has publicly affirmed.

The disconnect between the professed intent of the PPACA and the actual effect the Rule has on faith-based organizations is an obvious and disconcerting one. This mandate is “well beyond the  provisions of the PPACA, and the statutory intent at the time of its adoption” which was “to cover screening and prevention of pathological conditions of women” (in NCBCenter letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, September 27, 2011). Pregnancy has never been seen as a pathological event, but rather a normal physiological process (NCBCenter). Mandating Catholic and other faith-based organizations to provide insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices as well as abortifacients and sterilization would require us to violate our moral consciences and our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church support our Bishops in our opposition to this. We cannot in conscience participate in carrying out this HHS ruling as it now stands.

Catholic social service agencies, healthcare facilities and schools serve millions of Americans each year. The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church perceive our participation in the various ministries carried out in the Church to be a sacred task entrusted to us by God. Our mission is to build up the Body of Christ in a culture of life through education, healthcare and service to the poor. This federal mandate, on the contrary, threatens the very sanctity of life itself by promoting what the late Pope John Paul II so aptly termed The Culture of Death. The HHS Rule countermands both the Gospel of Jesus, which is a Gospel of Life, and the right of every American citizen to the free practice of religion and protection from any prohibition of the free practice thereof (First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States).

We ask all who cherish the freedom of religion given to us by the Constitution, and who stand in opposition to a federal mandate to provide insurance that covers most forms of contraception, to join the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church in earnestly beseeching Almighty God, Source and Protector of all created life that He will inspire our legislative and executive leaders to reverse this onerous decision that threatens the very soul of our nation.
Praised be Jesus Christ.

 

Discernment Opportunities for Young Women

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention all women ages eighteen and older:

Is God calling you? If you are interested in religious life, we invite you

to visit our Congregation this spring and summer for discernment opportunities!

Choice of visiting dates:

Friday, June 8th-June 10th

Wednesday, July 25th-28th

Prayerfully discern God’s will for you through daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours prayed in community, Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and much more!  Spend time with the Sisters, and learn more about their charism and way of life.  If you are unable to come at these scheduled times, feel free to make an appointment at your convenience.  For more information, please contact Sister Jacinta at 860-822-8241.

 

 

For Greater Glory

Dear Friends,

The new movie “For Greater Glory”, which tells the story of the Mexican Cristero Rebellion (1926-1929) will be in Theaters on June 1st. To read more about it please click on the following link…  CatholicRegisterLink

Our Lady of Good Help

The Chapel of Our Lady of Good Help is located near Green Bay Wisconsin. This is the first approved Marian apparition in the United States. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2010, Bishop Ricken gave official Church approval of the apparitions of our Blessed Mother to Sister Adele Brise.

http://www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com/

This month Sister Gabriela, while on her home visit, traveled with her family to the Shrine. Not only did she enjoy a beautiful visit but also met with a recently ordained priest Father Jewel Aytona, CPM. Father has been a close friend of the Sisters of Charity through various vocation events since 2007.

http://fathersofmercy.com/
http://www.familyvocations.com/fv/

Ave Maria University Vocation Fest 2012

Mother Mary Jude and Sister Joan Clare were privileged to attend the beautiful University in Florida on Wednesday, April 18th for their annual Vocation Fest.  Father Robert Garrity, the director of campus ministry, and Donna Rittereiser put together a really exciting program to encourage vocations.  The Fest included live music by Martin Doman, testimonies by religious and a barbecue with the students.  It was a spiritually uplifting event!

DIOCESE OF NORWICH YOUTH EXPLOSION 2012

The Youth Explosion will take place on Sunday, March 25th from 12:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Bernard School in Uncasville,CT. The theme for this year is “Living a Life of Worship.” Throughout the day teens will have the opportunity to worship God with other teens from all over the Diocese of Norwich as they gather together to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass, attend presentations by Brian Kissinger on issues affecting them as teens, have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, participate in the Eucharistic Adoration, and hear outstanding music provided by John Nivan and the LIFT Band from Boston. The cost is $25 and includes a pizza dinner. J.R. and Christa Bucklin will present this opportunity to the Confirmation Program on Sunday, March 11th. Any teens from the Parish interested in attending Youth Explosion 2012 may contact J.R. or Christa by emailing the Parish Office at stjosephwillimantic@gmail.com or for further information and registration forms, visit www.youthexplosionct.com.

Lenten Message from Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father’s 2012 Lenten Message focuses on the virtue of charity

Lenten Message of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, the title of which is taken from the Letter to the Hebrews: “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works”.

“The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the Sacraments”.

“This year I would like to propose a few thoughts in the light of a brief biblical passage drawn from the Letter to the Hebrews: ‘Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works'”.

Read the entire message.

Christmas Visits in the Motherhouse

Our family experienced the true joy of Christmas when we visited our daughter, Sister Kateri, for three days at the Motherhouse. We shared many laughs, wonderful meals, hugs and had the opportunity to attend prayer and Mass together. With all of these moments, our joy was complete – and that is what Christmas is all about!  ~ The Ludick Family

Having my family here for Christmas was such a blessing and a beautiful gift from Jesus. Laughter echoed throughout the day and it was such a joy to see family pictures and make new memories. Seeing my father, who is a deacon, on the altar for Holy Mass and giving us Benediction was a blessing as well. The Lord gives us many gifts at Christmas; most importantly He gives Himself and I am also very grateful to Him for the gift of my family being here!  ~ Sister Kateri

For the family members who were able to come to visit Sr. Joan Clare at the Motherhouse this Christmas, it was a special treat to get away from the hustle and bustle of our own town’s frantic Christmas “holiday!”  To celebrate the birth of Christ here in Baltic, is so truly “Christ-centered” in attitude, prayer, music, decorations and hospitality! It is lovely to be with our daughter and all the other sisters that form her family now, enjoying their love for each other and the Lord. ~ The Gulden Family

God has blessed me abundantly in my vocation and among these blessings is the gift of my loving family. My family has been extremely supportive of my vocation and look forward to their visits at the Motherhouse.  The long drive from Ohio always reminds me of the importance of love and sacrifice in family life.  Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth, the Holy Family and the love that we share with our own families. It was a wonderful visit filled with love, prayer, music and laughter.  Thank you Jesus for that cherished Christmas visit! ~Sister Joan Clare

Father Dennis Dugan, S.O.L.T. (Society of Our Lady of the Trinty), his mother and father came along to visit in the Motherhouse.  Father Dugan knew Sister Gertrude well and had worked with Sister.  Father Dugan currently lives in Belize serving in the Parish of The Divine Mercy.
 
We were also blessed with a visit from Father Edward St-Godard from Rhode Island.  Father had a close friendship with Mother Marie Alma, our foundress.  He has remained a blessing to all of us and we always look forward to his stay in Baltic.
 

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Enjoy the beautiful presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe, the discoveries about the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

God of power and mercy,you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through your justice present in our hearts may your peace reign in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

CD Release – Christmas Joy

We have made our second CD: Christmas Joy!  This ensemble features traditional Christmas carols as well as unique arrangements of The First Noel, We Three Kings, and Silent Night. It was with great prayer and effort, along with the expertise of Michael Frishman and Carol Mailhot that this CD was made. We praise God for the many gifts He has bestowed upon us and we ask Him to touch your life in a special way through this inspirational music. To order a CD contact the Motherhouse at 860-822-8241.

Silent Night Silent Night

Bell Carol of the King Bell Carol of the King

Still a Bach Lullaby Still a Bach Lullaby

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