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    Virtual Catholic Day of Action Toolkit Now Available

    Virtual Catholic Day of Action is just around the corner and the Maryland Catholic Conference has put together a step-by-step toolkit to help you get involved on Feb. 19.

    Complete with information about key issues, a guide for talking with legislators, direct links to actions, sample posts and emails to spread the word about Virtual Catholic Day of Action, and more, the toolkit is available now for those who plan to join in the action Feb. 19 or want more information on what the day is about.

    You can access and start using the toolkit to prepare for Virtual Catholic Day of Action HERE.  

    "We are excited to offer Virtual Catholic Day of Action as a way for even more Catholics from across Maryland to get involved and raise their voices on issues of life, education and human rights this legislative session, and we created this toolkit to ensure that everyone has the resources they need to be a voice for the common good," said Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Conference. "Not everyone was able to make the trek to Annapolis each year to speak up on these issues. This is why we've set aside Feb. 19 as a day when everyone in Maryland can join together to call and write their legislators."

    The Conference will be highlighting three main issues for Catholic Day of Action: physician-assisted suicide, the BOOST Scholarship Program and paid family leave (Time to Care Act). Visit the toolkit to more information about each of these important issues. 

    To stay up-to-date on many issues the Conference has already taken a position on this session, visit our testimony page HERE

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    Senate Hearing on Physician-Assisted Suicide Scheduled for Feb. 28

    The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hear testimony on the 2020 bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide (SB 701) on Friday, Feb. 28, at 12 noon. A hearing has not yet been scheduled on the House version of the bill, HB 643. 

    The Senate hearing will be held in the Judicial Proceedings hearing room on the second floor of the Miller Senate Office Building at 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis. 

    For the fifth time in six years, proponents are pushing to legalize the dangerous practice of physician-assisted suicide in Maryland and have returned with the same deeply flawed policy that the General Assembly has rejected year after year. 

    The Maryland Catholic Conference welcomes anyone who wants to attend the hearing in opposition to this dangerous bill to join us on Feb. 28. We will be gathering at our office around 11 a.m. and walking to the hearing. Parking is available in downtown Annapolis. For more information on where to park downtown, please visit: www.annapolisparking.com/parking-locations/ 

    If you plan to attend, please email Kate Alexander, Director of Communications and Engagement, by Thursday, Feb. 27.  Those who attend are encouraged to wear green to show opposition to the bill. 

    The Maryland Catholic Conference has joined with other faith leaders, disability rights advocates and the medical community in the Maryland Against Physician Assisted Suicide Coalition to oppose the bill. To learn more and join the Coalition, visit www.stopassistedsuicidemd.org

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    Maryland Catholic Conference to support immigration bills

    The Maryland Catholic Conference will again support legislation that seeks to protect immigrants and their families by building trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.

    Several bills that address the interactions between immigrants and law enforcement have been introduced during the 2020 session, and the Conference will support the bills that uphold the inherent dignity of every person and oppose those that seek to tear families apart. 

    "Immigration is largely a federal issue, and a very difficult one, but there are areas where our state can take action," said Anne Wallerstedt, associate director of social and economic justice for he Maryland Catholic Conference. "We as a Conference, support legislation that upholds the inherent human dignity of each person and are guided by the words of Pope Francis who said that: '[I]f we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us give opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.'

    The Catholic Church has historically held a strong interest in immigration and how public policy affects immigrants seeking a new life in the United States. A person and their family shouldn’t have to live in fear from the very entities who are tasked with keeping every person safe and healthy and helping our communities thrive. Unfortunately, when local and state law enforcement are requested to take part in immigration enforcement, it causes an erosion of their critical relationship with immigrant communities. When immigrant communities do not feel comfortable interacting with police — even to report crimes — then whole communities are less safe as crimes go unreported and/or unsolved. The Conference supports bills that balance the needs for both public safety and immigration enforcement in order to make families and communities safer.  

    To read MCC's testimony during the 2020 session CLICK HERE.

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    Learn more about what we do! Come to one of several presentations we are giving this month

    Learn more about the work of the Maryland Catholic Conference by coming to one of the several presentations in the month of February that our staff are giving at parishes and locations across the state. These presentations range from information about the Conference and what we do, to presentations on physician-assisted suicide, faithful citizenship and life issues.

    WHAT: An afternoon with the Maryland Catholic Conference. 

    WHERE: St. Joan of Arc, 222 Law Street, Aberdeen, MD

    WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

    INFO: Learn about the work of the Maryland Catholic Conference and how you can get more involved. For more information contact Deacon Ray Van Pelt at rvanpelt@stjoanarc.org or call 410-272-4535, ext. 111

    WHAT: The Difference of Hope: A presentation on the reality of physician-assisted suicide and how you can help defend life

    WHERE: St. John Neumann, 9000 Warfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD

    WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

    INFO: The evening will be valuable for all those interested in learning more about physician-assisted suicide, its impact on the dignity of life, and how Catholics can help defend Maryland against this dangerous practice. MCC will present jointly with the Archdiocese of Washington. For more information, contact Tony Bosnick at abosnick@sfadw.org.

    WHAT: Faithful Citizenship for a new generation: How young adults can be a voice for their faith, justice and human rights. 

    WHERE: Saints Row Brewing, 1211-1213 Taft Street, Rockville, MD

    WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

    INFO: A presentation to 270 Catholic's February Theology on Tap. For more information visit: www.270catholic.org.  

    WHAT: Maryland Catholic Conference legislative update at 40 Days for Life Rally

    WHERE: St. Mary of the Mills, 114 St. Marys Place, Laurel, MD. Event will be held in the Wilson Room of the Keesler Parish Center.

    WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. (presentation around 3:15 p.m.)

    INFO: Hosted by 40 Days for Life of College Park. For more information contact Mike Turek at 301-518- 8920.

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