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It's time to mark your calendar for the Florida Eucharistic Congress on
June 4-5. This year the Eucharistic Congress will kick-off at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Gainesville on Friday, June 4, beginning at 5 p.m. On Saturday, June 5, participants will move to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jacksonville, where the day begins at 8 a.m. with a Eucharistic Procession.
Friday, June 4 – Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Gainesville
5:00 p.m. Praise & Worship in the Main Church, Spanish Track begins
6:30 p.m. Mass with Bishops Robert Baker & Felipe Estévez
8:15 p.m. Keynote with Father John Riccardo, the Teen Track begins
9:15 p.m. Eucharistic Exposition & Closing Benediction
Saturday, June 5 – St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jacksonville
8:00 a.m. Eucharistic Procession
9:00 a.m. Keynote with Father John Riccardo
10:00 a.m. Mass with Bishops Bob Baker and Felipe Estévez
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. English, Spanish, Teen and Children's tracks begin
3:15 p.m. Eucharistic Exposition & Closing Benediction
Take Action Now – Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The Equality Act, in many ways, does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Tell your elected officials in the Senate to oppose it.
More information and resources related to the USCCB’s stance on the Equality Act may be found at https://www.usccb.org/equality-act.
Bishop Estévez Urges Catholics to Take Action On Equality Act
The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in a 224-206 vote on Feb. 25. A couple of days ahead of the vote, the chairmen of five U.S. bishops’ committees said its mandates will “discriminate against people of faith” by adversely affecting charities and their beneficiaries, conscience rights, women’s sports, “and sex-specific facilities.”
Bishop Felipe Estévez has joined his brother bishops in urging Catholics to take action now by telling their elected officials in the Senate to vote against the Equality Act.
The bill, known as H.R. 5 and recently reintroduced in the House, also will provide for taxpayer funding of abortion and limit freedom of speech, the chairmen said in a Feb. 23 letter to all members of Congress. H.R. 5 amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and jury duty.
“Human dignity is central to what Catholics believe,” they said, and the church serves “all people, without regard to race, religion or any other characteristic. Rather than affirm human dignity in ways that meaningfully exceed existing practical protections, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith,” they said. “It would also inflict numerous legal and social harms on Americans of any faith or none.”
Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion
The U.S. Catholic Bishops are planning a largescale effort to oppose the repeal of the Hyde Amendment that prevents tax-payer funding of abortion. Please share the simple message below with your parishes in bulletins, on websites and social media channels beginning the weekend of April 11.
Keep your tax dollars from going to abortion! www.notaxpayerabortion.com.
The website listed is being created and will be built and ready to help visitors take action by April 11. USCCB will continue to be in touch with you about this effort to prevent federal funding of abortion. In the meantime, background information on the Hyde Amendment and its current threats can be found here.
The Knights of Columbus will be out in the Narthex after Masses recruiting this weekend, April 10th & 11th.
If you have any questions they will be out there ready to answer. Please stop by to say Hi!!
Knights of Columbus, San Lorenzo Ruiz Council #14866
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