Feb. 2, 2022 | Annapolis, MD
Catholic Schools Week
This is Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic schools across the United States. Here in Maryland, nearly 46,000 students attend 141 Catholic schools (from early learning to high school) across the state.
Advocating for our school parents and schools is a priority of the Maryland Catholic Conference. This includes parent choice through the BOOST Scholarship Program, funding support for school safety and nursing, respecting religious conscience, Maryland 529 savings accounts for K-12 savers, and textbook and technology funding.
Last year, the State authorized $10 million for low-income families to choose a school that best meets their children’s needs, with scholarships for elementary and high schools through the BOOST Scholarship Program. Awards amounts vary based on elementary vs. high school since high school tuition generally is higher. Students with special needs also receive scholarships for double the base amount.
Explore our Catholic schools:
- Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools
- Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools
- Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Schools
Deacon Darryl Kelley Leads Our Prayer
Deacon Kelley is a former State Delegate (District 26)
Deacon Darryl Kelley, from St. Philip the Apostle in Camp Springs, Md., is an attorney who also volunteers his time with the Archdiocesan Legal Network. He previously served as State Delegate for District 26. We welcome him as he leads us in prayer for his former colleagues and for all state lawmakers as they carry out their duties.
His parish school, St. Philip the Apostle School, is one of more than 140 proud Maryland Catholic schools celebrating Catholic Schools Week.
The prayer text (English and Spanish) and links to all prayers for this session are online.
Support for New Parents, Human Trafficking, and Immigration this Week
Nearly 1,250 bills had been introduced in the General Assembly as of Monday morning. Hearings are in full swing (you can watch them online), and the Conference will be providing testimony on 17 pieces of legislation. These include
- Sales tax exemptions for diapers and baby products, which will provide some financial relief to lower income parents.
- Record keeping and training requirements for innkeepers to identify and report suspected human trafficking.
- Establish the Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Program, with funding, so immigrants would have access to legal counsel in hearings. Both SB 129 and HB 114 will have hearings this week.
- Establish Juneteenth National Holiday as a state legal and employee holiday.
- Ensure parents will be notified if their child is charged with a crime and that children are afforded the right to an attorney in police interrogation. The Senate hearing was last week; this week the Child Interrogation Protection Act will be heard in the House.
Two Weeks to Catholic Advocacy Day!
The countdown begins! The statewide virtual Catholic Advocacy Day is just two weeks away! Thank you to everyone who has been sharing the link for our Catholic Advocacy Network.
Please continue inviting your friends and parishioners to join you for Catholic Advocacy Day. We have lots of information on our website – www.mdcatholic.org – and follow us on social media (@mdcatholic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) for updates.
Just a few minutes of your time can have a big impact. We’ll draft the alerts. All you have to do is click, sign and hit send, and your emails will go directly to your legislators.
World Day for Consecrated Life: This special day of prayer for consecrated men and women religious is Feb. 2 (and celebrated in parishes next weekend).
Here in Maryland, many consecrated religious serve in our parishes, health care, education, and other ministries. This past fall, our staff visited Sacred Heart Home in Hyattsville, a top-rated nursing home that opened in 1926. A new nursing home, now under construction, is expected to open later this year.
Sacred Heart and St. Joseph, Catonsville, are both under the care of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, who participate in Christ's healing ministry by providing quality long-term health care for the elderly.
Sisters at Sacred Heart Home, Hyattsville
Time to Care Act Webinar: Catholic Charities of Baltimore and the Catholic Labor Network are hosting a one-hour webinar on “Paid Family Leave and the Catholic Church,” on Feb. 7, 3 p.m. Register here.
This week: Groundhog Day has its roots in Candelmas Day, plus the Winter Olympics start this week. St. Sebastian is the patron saint of athletes.
Recipe for the week: As Black History Month kicks off, we are sharing this blog post about the influence of Black Marylanders, many of whom were enslaved, on foods in St. Mary’s County.
We need you!
The General Assembly is in session. The more people in our network, the stronger our voice! Network members will get Catholic Advocacy Day and other alerts throughout the legislative session. Sign up below or, if you prefer text, text CATHOLIC to 1-443-764-8765 (you will be asked a couple of follow up questions). Thank you!
The Maryland Catholic Conference is the public policy entity for the Maryland Catholic Church, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archdiocese of Washington, and Diocese of Wilmington.
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