October 11, 2020
Feast of Pope St. John XXIII
On the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council:
The Ecumenical Council will surely be even more than a new and magnificent Pentecost, a real and new Epiphany, one of the many revelations which have been renewed and are continually being renewed in the course of history, but one of the greatest of all.
- John XXIII. Apostolic Exhortation "Sacrae Laudis" 1962
Prayer for Elections 2020
Loving God, as our November 2020 Election Day approaches, send your Spirit into the hearts of all.
Lead everyone to seek candidates who respect others, who desire good for our nation, for mother earth; those who would bring hope for the most vulnerable, the poor, the oppressed, the immigrant, and victims of violence.
May all voters be open to choosing those government officials who willl lead our country in the path to peace, justice and healing.
Loving God, enable us to have sure and fair elections for all. We ask this in the name of Jesus and the power of the Spirit. Amen.
- Carol Pothast, osf
Catholic Climate Covenant Voting Pledge
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2020 Assembly Presentations Online
Assembly presentations by Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, John Carr, Archbishop John Wester, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, and Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, are now online. The links can be found on the AUSCP website:
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Annual Appeal Launched!
Each year in October the AUSCP begins its Annual Appeal. The appeal mailing is sent out near October 11th to coincide with the
feastday of Pope St. John XXIII and the opening date of the Second Vatican Council in 1962.
The Annual Appeal is the main source of income for the AUSCP! Last year 480 donors gave a total of $167,000. This year's goal is $150,000 from 500 donors. We need the support of all who believe in furthering the spirit of Vatican II and the agenda of Pope Francis. If you know any persons who are possible supporters of the AUSCP, please approach them for a
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Fratelli Tutti - On Fraternity & Social Friendship
"Despite these dark clouds, which may not be ignored, I would like in the following pages to take up and discuss many new paths of hope. For God continues to sow abundant seeds of goodness in our human family" (Paragraph 54).
Resources on the encyclical by Pope Francis:
Links to the full document and to summaries can be found on the AUSCP website: AUSCP - HOME
NCR has a series of articles with comments on various aspects of Fratelli Tutti. Click HERE.
Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Teaching and Public Life presented an informative webinar on October 5. You can access it HERE.
America Magazine - Editorial: 'Fratelli Tutti' challenges the American way of life. Are we listening? (10/07/2020) Click HERE.
AUSCP member Msgr. Tom Ivory, ordained in 1964, (Diocese of Newark), died on October 7 while undergoing cardiac surgery. Tom was the co-founder of RENEW International and
an active promoter of Vatican II. His funeral mass will take place at Presentation Parish in Upper Saddle River, NJ, where he was pastor from 1998 until his retirement in 2007. The funeral is Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 am and can be viewed at this link: https://www.churchofpresentation.org/presentationtv/
Enjoy this video of Fr. Tom speaking on Vatican II 50 years after its creation.
May he rest in God's eternal love.
For a Lighter Moment
AUSCP Leadership Team member Aidan McAleen is the pastor of St. Columba's Parish in Oakland. St. Columba's Parish has produced a unique video that is a "must see" - "You'll Be Back":
Catholic Voting Resources
Climate Change and the Coming Election - Dan Misleh, Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, gave this presentation at the University of San Diego on September 17th. Please share and discuss with your friends and
contacts. This is a great aid to curriculum for teaching younger generations. Click HERE to watch.
Election Tuesdays: AUSCP invites you to spend time every Tuesday preparing to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd: https://auscp.org/2020-election/
Spanish Translations: Thanks to AUSCP Leadership Team member Tulio Ramirez, many of these materials are now available in Spanish. To obtain an electronic copy, send a request to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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AUSCP Upcoming Webinars
Please register for the webinars that are of interest to you and we will send you the Zoom link the day before the event. All webinars are free at the present time. The next webinars are listed below. You can register for any of the webinars by clicking HERE.
Six Mondays on White Fragility, September 14 – October 19, 7 - 8:30pm ET, sponsored by the Anti-Racism Working Group. Please join us to discuss Robin Diangelo’s best-selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. According to Wikipedia,
this book “discusses many different aspects and manifestations of white fragility that Diangelo encountered in her work as a diversity and inclusion training facilitator”. Father John Judie and Susan Sherman are facilitating this study. For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register for each Monday separately. (For those participating in the Thursday afternoon discussions at 3:00 PM ET, the Zoom link is the same. Register for a Monday session and you will receive the link.)
Wednesday, October 14, 3:30 PM ET: Race Superiority and Fascism: Is Fascism a Threat in and to the U.S.?
Is the current U.S. struggle with racism and white superiority laying the ground for a Fascist future? Fascism is a political philosophy and approach that leads to far-right, authoritarian ultra-nationalism that exalts nation and race above the individual. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's 2018 book is titled FASCISM: A Warning. This webinar will help registrants understand what Fascism is and how it takes hold. Is America's current polarization and struggle with racism and white superiority exposing us to a fascist future? Missionary Fr. Mike Gillgannon will share his experience of fascism in Bolivia during 39 years of missionary service in Bolivia. Drs. Joe Holland and Joe Torma (pictured below in Nov. 18th webinar), two scholars familiar with Fascism, will help us understand the potential threat to our nation.
NB. Two editions of Assembly to Action (A2A) on Fascism are attached to this e-bulletin.
Thursday, October 15, 4 PM ET: Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Ecological Justice and Ecologically sinful Footprints, Part 2
Hosted by Fr. Bernie Survil (an AUSCP Founding Father), along with 2 Guatemalans, Mayan Fr. Dario Caal Xi and Edgar Hernandez, Caritas Director, Diocese of Verapaz, Guatemala. The webinar series examines the inequalities of ecological footprints in parts of the world. It will propose specific ways individuals and societies can reduce such inequalities by exercising an ecological vocation as
proposed by Pope Francis.
Monday, Oct. 26, 4 PM ET, Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Thou Shalt Not Kill: Go Green
Dr. Gerry Gacioch, head cardiologist at Rochester Regional Health and USCCB Climate Change Ambassador, will host this webinar. He will explore with us how to live the "green" commandments contained in Pope Francis' encyclical so our planet's heartbeat will be healthy now and long into the future.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 3 PM ET: From Just war to Just Peace: A Transformation in Catholic Teaching
Most Catholics are not aware of the remarkable advances in the teaching and practice of nonviolent peacemaking. For more than 60 years the prophetic shift from Just Wartheory to the vision and practice of ‘Just Peace’ has been gaining credibility and proving its effectiveness especially in war torn countries. Eli McCarthy, teacher of peace (Georgetown U), will share a summary of this important evolution and its implications for our Church and our lives.
Wednesday, November 18, 4 PM ET: Celebrating Dorothy Day on the 40th Anniversary of her life and death.
This webinar will remember and celebrate what Dorothy Day believed and what she started in the course of her life: The Catholic Worker. The webinar will feature Dr. Joseph Torma, Ph.D., Catholic Social Teaching Professor and Founder of a Catholic Worker House in Alliance OH, and Sr. Catherine Walsh, CSA, who served in El Salvador during their Civil War and founded the Akron
Catholic Worker in 1999.
More to come!
You can register for the above webinars by clicking HERE.
To see the full schedule of webinars and to register, click HERE.
Many AUSCP members and friends have enjoyed a free subscription to La Croix this past year. We have renewed the AUSCP Group Subscription so that you can continue to enjoy the writings of Robert Mickens, Massimo Faggioli, and others through the informative articles published in La Croix. When we receive the subscription link for signing up, we will send it out to all Members who are current in their dues and to our Friends.
Changes in Membership Dues
The AUSCP LT has decided to change the schedule and structure of membership dues. Until now, members could renew for a year at any time. This is confusing for members trying to remember when it is time to renew. Beginning in January of 2021, members will be asked to renew in the month of January for the calendar year. Because of this, anyone who is due to renew between now and then can renew at $25 (or more) until January 1, 2021, when a new dues structure will be put in place.
Mark your calendar!
The 10th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
Minneapolis, MN: JUNE 21-24, 2021
Where do we go from here?
2021 Retreat Day will be led by Jan Michael Joncas.
Speakers include: Michael Sean Winters, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, and Bishop William Wack
Contemplative Reflector: Sr. Margie Klein, SSND
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