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The Two Feet Newsletter
September 2018

In this issue:
   From Our Director
   Bishops' Statement on Faithful Citizenship
   Expand Your Horizons
   The Season of Creation is Here
   Save the Date
   Recommended Reading
   Learn Something New
   Overcoming Hunger Two Feet at a Time
   Call to Action
 
From Our Director
(Rights and Responsibilities)
In response to a recent request by Catholic Relief Services, Kent Ferris, Director of Social Action and Catholic Charities, organized local legislative visits to discuss global migration and hunger. Dimy Doresca from St. Thomas More in Coralville and the University of Iowa along with Deacon Joe Welter from St. Mary’s of Iowa City and the Newman Center accompanied Kent to Representative Loebsack’s Iowa City office. A similar visit to Senator Ernst’s Davenport office took place with Tom Streveler from Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace in Clinton and Barb Arland-Fye from Our Lady of River in Leclaire and The Catholic Messenger.  Barb also joined Kent for a conversation with Senator Grassley’s Davenport office staff. Evalee Mickey and Ann Houlahan from St. Thomas More represented the Diocese and the Social Action office when they joined an ecumenical delegation with Bread for the World at the offices Senators Grassley and Ernst in Cedar Rapids. Kent recently reflected, "We are grateful for those who were willing to be part of the legislative visits, doubly so for those who were making their first such visit. We will continue to promote faithful citizenship by highlighting visit opportunities all across the diocese."

Experienced or not, members of our Diocese are encouraged to consider a role in visits early in 2019 around the Social Ministry Gathering and prior to the start of Iowa’s legislative session. These small group meetings raise visibility of issues important to Catholic and increase your comfort level speaking with our legislators. Those we elect represent all of us and need hear our input, so consider taking advantage of these opportunities.

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Expand Your Horizons

(Life and Dignity of the Human Person)
Encountering Racism: The Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton present a panel discussion, Encountering Racism - Celebrating the International Day of Peace and Campaign Nonviolence, focused on overcoming bias and hatred in today's America. It will be held Sunday, September 16, 2-4:00 PM at the DeWitt Opera House, 716 6th Avenue. Featured panelists are Dr. Bianca and Ty Sola-Perkins, Tahira Rahman and Dr. Savannah Mussington. For more information, click here.

Vigil for Peace: St. Thomas More, Coralville, is hosting Vigil for Peace on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM. This is an opportunity to learn about Campaign Nonviolence, a long term movement to mainstream nonviolence and to foster a culture of peace. To view the flyer, click here. If you have questions, contact Linda Myers at cherryames@mchsi.com.

2019 March for Life: Each year, Iowans For LIFE (IFL) secures several buses to take pro-life Iowans to the March For Life in Washington DC. The 2019 March, January 17-20, is an important opportunity to raise your voice. You can walk in the national March for Life, attend the annual Catholic Youth Rally and Mass for Life and sightsee in the nation's capital. IFL encourages groups and individuals to contact them about the bus trip and fundraising assistance at (515) 255-4113 or iowansforlife@msn.com. The cost for transportation and hotel accommodations is $400 with full payment due by November 1.

Iowa Quad Cities area junior high, high school and college students, along with parents and sponsors, are invited to contact Tracey Jacobsen if they are interested in attending. Funding assistance is available to them thanks to generous donors who gave through the Black & White Gala and QC Right to Life. A $50 deposit is due by October 1st to save your spot, so time is of the essence.

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CST 101:Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

Learn Something New
(The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers)
From USCCB Justice, Peace and Human Development: In his 2018 Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, calls for all persons to work together for just wages, which are necessary for families to flourish. A just wage is one that “not only provides for workers’ financial well-being, but fosters their social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions as individuals and members of society.” The statement is available in English and Spanish at the USCCB website.

Call to Action
(The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers)
From Iowa Catholic Conference: The U.S. bishops are supporting the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (or PCHETA, S. 693 and H.R. 1676). The bill has passed the U.S. House and is now in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "Palliative care" is a model of care to help improve the quality of life for patients with chronic medical or life-limiting illnesses. The bill establishes workforce training programs for health professionals and would launch a national palliative care education and awareness campaign. Click here to send a message voicing your support to Senators Grassley and Ernst.
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Upcoming Events
For a complete list of upcoming events see the Social Action Calendar.
 


Bishops' Statement on Faithful Citizenship
(Rights and Responsibilities)
The mid-term election season is upon us and voting begins during October. The Iowa bishops have released a letter about participation in the political process. They state, “As a matter of principle, when there is a right to something, there is also a corresponding duty. And so, we have a duty to exercise our right to vote.” The Social Action Faithful Citizenship page has links to the Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) coverage of the bishops’ letter, information about online and print copies of the USCCB Faithful Citizenship booklet (English and Spanish) and other resources helpful in faithfully forming your conscience. We also encourage you to text the word IOWACATHOLIC to 50457 to receive occasional text alerts from ICC.
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The Season of Creation is Here
(Care for God's Creation)
This month began with the the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, which was also the start of the Season of Creation.  Pope Francis encourages us to join Christians around the world to unite in prayer and care for our common home now through October 4. Learn more about the Season by reading Embrace the Season of Creation by Barb Arland-Fye, editor of The Catholic Messenger. Then, consider praying A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation from Laudato Si, Pope Francis' encyclical on care for creation.
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Save the Date
(Life and Dignity of the Human Person)
Respect Life Program: October is Respect Life Month. This year’s theme is Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.   USCCB suggests Five Simple Steps for celebrating in your parish. Materials have begun to ship.  If your parish missed the notice to order materials, please contact Esmeralda Guerrero, 563-888-4210.  Resources are also available online from USCCB.

Social Action Saturday: Held October 27 at St. Thomas More in Coralville, Social Action Saturday will include sessions on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, Laudato Si ongoing resources and program opportunities, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to end the death penalty, and the Respect Life Campaign. You will also hear updates from parish Social Action commissions. For more information, see this flyer.
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Recommended Readiing
(Rights and Responsibilities)
As a follow up to our call to action on the closing of the University of Iowa Labor Center in August, we suggest  you read A rallying cry for the University of Iowa Labor Center. This article from The Catholic Messenger covers one of the state-wide hearings on the closure which was held August 22 in Bettendorf.
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Overcoming Hunger Two Feet at a Time
(Option for the Poor and Vulnerable)
Clinton native, Rebecca Lyons, founded Lunchsox to eliminate childhood hunger one pair of socks at a time. Rebecca, who says she is “someone who promotes the social good of all people, who puts others ahead of self, and who does what is possible within one inch of influence to love, care, and bring joy to the world”, donates profit from the sale of vibrant and unique socks to feed children. This year, she has partnered with the Clinton Information, Referral and Assistance Services (IRAS) Backpack Buddy Program. IRAS provides weekend meals to Clinton students who may otherwise go hungry. Food security all weekend long means higher levels of focus in the classroom when Monday morning comes around. For more information about Rebecca and Lunchsox, read this article from the Clinton Herald. To buy some socks and help IRAS feed hungry children, visit the Lunchsox website.
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