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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.

Be Men, Teen Fathers

Abortion and Dad

Fear’s flame can be extinguished with love, the love a father.

By Taylor H.
8th Grade
Notre Dame Catholic School

SecondTimothy1-6-7“It’s a girl’s issue.” That’s what many teenage boys are saying across America. But is it? Is it just the mother who should take care of the child? The child, two created? I believe it is not. Today millions of girls are facing parenthood as a single mom, in poverty with a child who knows of no “daddy.” Also girls who have gone through with abortion suffering the regret of killing a child that was part of them. This can be stopped, these pregnant girls can be loved, but the first one who should come to them with love, is the father.

Fear is the first factor, the fear of being rejected. The fear of not being loved. The fear of being a single mom. Fear, fear and more fear. Fear is what surrounds these pregnant teens, like a black snake of smoke filling every breath they take with pain and hate. Girls all over face this fear. The need a partner, a best friend, someone to be there no matter what. That is the father; that is his role. If teenage boys do not feel ready to protect, they should not take the chance of having a child. If a girl does get pregnant with his child that, boy needs to become the protector and support the mother-to-be as well as the child in her womb. Fear keeps boys from being there and the girl from becoming a mother, as fear keeps the child from life.

The father’s role in choosing life or abortion is crucial. The main reason pregnant teens have abortions is out of fear. These girls are alone, some have their families, but they were told “I love you,” by a boy whom they loved. That father has the choice that will start or end a life. If the father shows his support in that pregnant girl, if he shows that he loves her and will help her raise that child. How could she choose abortion? A quote from a movie says, “They took four years of my life. I took her whole world”. (Bella) A man is trying to convince a pregnant girl to not get an abortion, he tells her his life story and how he accidentally hit a little girl with his car. He tells her how they took four years of his life away in prison, but he took away that single mother’s entire world. The father is the difference between life or death for their child.

The teenage girls need the love of the one who made that choice with them. They need the father’s love and support to keep a child and not get an abortion. The mother needs the support of another to raise the child as it took two to create. Fear’s flame can be extinguished with love, the love of a friend, a partner, a father. It’s a team effort, it takes two.


“Billy’s Soliloquy” From Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel” (Gordon MacRae)

[Carousel, 1956, Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell. A carnival barker finds a wife, dies in a robbery, and gets to return to Earth for one day to guide his teenage daughter.]

I wonder what he’ll think of me
I guess he’ll call me the “old man”
I guess he’ll think i can lick
Ev’ry other feller’s father
Well, i can!
I bet that he’ll turn out to be
The spittin’ image of his dad
But he’ll have more common sense
Than his puddin-headed father ever had
I’ll teach him to wrestle
And dive through a wave
When we go in the mornin’s for our swim
His mother can teach him
The way to behave
But she won’t make a sissy out o’ him
Not him! Not my boy! Not bill! Continue reading