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Society needs you, Pope Francis tells large families

Pontiff urges policy-makers to support larger families

Large families benefit society by offering a “model for solidarity and sharing”, the Pope has said.

Addressing an estimated 7,000 members of the Italian National Association of Large Families at the Paul VI Audience Hall, Francis said: “In a world often marked by selfishness, the large family is a model for solidarity and sharing, and this attitude then becomes a benefit for the whole society.”

He continued: “The presence of large families is a hope for society. And for this reason, the presence of grandparents is very important: a precious presence for both practical help and above all, educational support.

“Grandparents preserve in themselves the values of a people, of a family, and help parents to transmit them to children. In the last century, in many countries of Europe, the grandparents were those who transmitted the faith: they secretly brought the child to receive baptism and transmitted the faith to them.”

The Pope also urged policy-makers to support larger families.

“I hope, therefore, thinking also of the low fertility rate that Italy has had for a long time … one per cent, almost nothing … there will be greater attention from politics and public administrators at every level to give support to these families,” Francis said, according to the website Crux.

The meeting took place on the feast of the Holy Family. In his Sunday Angelus address, the Pontiff reflected on the challenges facing families around the world, the topic of next October’s synod of bishops.

He said: “This light which comes from the Holy Family encourages us to offer human warmth in those family situation in which, for various reasons, there is a lack of peace and harmony and forgiveness. Our concrete solidarity is just as present, especially when it comes to families who are undergoing difficult situations because of illness, lack of work, discrimination and the need to emigrate.”

Open-Enroll in Ethical Health Care


A Message from Bishop Soto…

My Dear Parishioners,

Out of his pastoral concern, Bishop Soto asked me to share the following with you.  Have a Blessed New Year!

– Father Jeremy Leatherby, Pastor


To:                           Priests and Deacons

From:                       Bishop Jaime Soto

Date:                         December 10, 2014

Subject:                    Open Enrollment: Abortion Coverage in California State Health     Exchange

A year ago, I sent information to assist you in responding to parishioners’ questions about registering for the health insurance program in California, called “Covered California,” part of the Affordable Care Act.

The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage is from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Those who have insurance will be asked to re-commit to their present insurer or to move to a new provider before mid-February. I thought it prudent to update the information from last year for the benefit of you and your parishioners.

It is a helpful service to remind people of their legal obligation to register for health insurance and to advise them of the moral questions they face in choosing a health care program for themselves and their families.

1. All Californians are required to sign up for some form of health plan by February 15, 2015. If you haven’t enrolled by then, you will be unable to purchase coverage until the next Open Enrollment period.

2. Access to good health care for our families promotes human dignity and serves the common good of society. Abortion is not good health care. Catholics should not utilize abortion services or other morally objectionable services that may be included in insurance plans.

3. Every state is required to offer at least one plan that does not cover elective abortions. In California, that plan is offered by Anthem Blue Cross. There are two Blue Cross options available in our diocesan area that do not provide abortion coverage: Silver 70 PPO and Gold 80 PPO.

4. We have been told that while these plans are available, you may have to be very persistent to be able to register for one of these plans. If you need assistance in registering for health insurance, you may call GFBB Benefits at 916 740 2400.

5. If it is discovered that you or your family does not have health coverage during 2015, you may have to pay a fee that is 2% or your income or $325 per adult and $162.50 per child (whichever is more).

6. While undocumented immigrants may not be eligible for all services, US born children are eligible and can be registered for Medi-Cal. Sacramento ACT and Placer People of Faith Together have been providing workshops in parishes to register eligible children for insurance. Sacramento ACT personnel can be reached at 916 447 7959. Placer People of Faith Together number is 530 401 3768

7. If you have questions about any of this, you can contact Rich Fowler at 916 733 0262.

Pope Francis to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman

On November 17-19, 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Vatican City, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the subject of the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. It is a global, interreligious meeting featuring representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries. The colloquium will be opened by Pope Francis.

Sessions will be opened successively by the leadership of each of the cooperating Vatican offices, followed by the presentations and witness testimonies of leading religious figures and scholars.

Each session will also premiere one of six short films treating men and women and marriage the world over (see trailer above, featuring Peter Kreeft). Each film features a variety of illuminating interviews with young and old, single and married, women and men, lay and religious, from many cultures, continents and religions. Topics range from the beauty of the union between the man and the woman, to the loss of confidence in marital permanence, to the cultural and economic woes that follow upon the disappearance of marriage.

The colloquy website is It contains information about the agenda, the presenters, the films, and media credentialing.


Sacramento Bishop Soto Calls on Gov Brown to Support Human Services, not Population Control

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference and Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, issued the following statement upon word that the recently passed State Budget includes a 40% increase in rates paid to abortion providers, but continues a 10% cut in all other hospital and provider fees that endangers access to care for all women and families participating in the Medi-Cal Program:

“It’s no secret that millions of Californians, along with the Catholic Church, consider abortion the taking of an innocent human life. It is an intrinsic evil. No euphemism, no perversion of language can change that essential Truth.

“But buried deeply in the State Budget, and in the Medi-Cal Estimates provided by the Department of Health Care Services, is the fact that at a time when all health care provider rates remain slashed by 10% and women and families are struggling to find doctors, nurses and hospitals willing and able to provide essential medical care, abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and others are poised to receive a 40% increase in the fees they receive for performing abortions.

“This is insanely distorted health care. At a time when the state claims it is too poor to fully fund health care for nearly 10 million people, and women are struggling to find providers to give them basic medical care, the state returns a political favor by giving extra money to abortion providers.

“If that’s not bad enough, the Medi-Cal estimate that lays out this policy (attached), explains this is a cost-effective decision, because ‘Early statewide access insures services are less costly, whereas lack of access results in increased ongoing expenses for years.’

“In other words, it’s cheaper for state government to pay for abortions than care for mothers and children. By approving this budget, State elected officials are choosing abortion and pushing their preference on to women.

“What a callous and calculating thing for anyone to say, much less a government official.

“I call on Gov. Brown and the Department of Health Care Services to undo this wrong. Women deserve better. Children are not a threat to California. We believe abortion is bad health care for women and families. It is misguided to give special treatment to abortion providers. California should do better than this. Rollback this increase and fund essential health care, don’t double-down on something as wrong as abortion.”

Children Raised in the Intact Biological Family Fare Better by the Vast Majority of Objective Measures


Notre Dame University has denied official recognition of a student group promoting policymaking that places primary emphasis on advocacy explicitly for the interests of children in considerations about so-called “Gay Marriage”. The quest for recognition by Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), was rejected in an April 30 letter from the university’s Student Activities Office.

In evaluating a proposal, approval is based on several things.…There was not a need for another similar-type club. The Club Coordination Council

SCOP’s Notre Dame Marriage Petition cites Pope Francis and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in support of the group’s quest to promote children’s interests as equally valid to the now-exclusive consideration given adults’ interests regarding so-called “Marriage Equity”.

“We reject the view that the young have agreed to redefine marriage. Rather, we think that they have not explored the meaning and importance of marriage.”
Students for Child-Oriented Policy

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