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AUSCP Bi-Weekly E-Bulletin

Eaaster Sunday - April 12, 2020

Call to Worship

  (inspired by Colossians 1:19-22)

In the face of a culture of death, a world of killing fields, a world of the walking dead,

Christ is at the head of the resurrection parade, transforming our tears of betrayal into tears of joy, givng us dancing shoes for the resurrection party.

And this glittering joker who has danced in the dragon's jaws of death now dances with a dance that is full of nothing less than the fullness of God.

This is the dance of the new creation. This is the dance of life out of death, 

and in this dance all that was broken, all that was estranged, all that was alienated, all that was dislocated and disconnected is reconciled, comes home, is healed and is made whole.


- published in Colossians Remixed: Subverting The Empire by Sylvia C. Keesmaat and Brian J. Walsh.


Links to 2019 Assembly Presentations: 

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz 

Sr. Norma Pimentel

Cardinal Blase Cupich (text only)


Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations: 

Katarina Schuth 

Bishop R. McElroy

Richard Rohr


Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP

The AUSCP Friends Group now has 204 members. Please take time to invite your friends to join us!  

The majority of those who have become Friends have done so because of a personal invitation from an AUSCP member.

If you would like a flyer with the information on AUSCP Friends to print out or to email to your friends, send a request to: office@uscatholicpriests.org


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Parish Tithing

If your parish tithes its Sunday collection and sends a monthly donation to various places please consider putting the AUSCP on the list of recipients.  Thanks! 


Membership Renewal

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To access the latest information on immigration reform and Action Alerts, click on the JFI logo below:





To access information on care of creation and Laudato Si', click below:

Catholic Climate Covenant

Direct link to Homily Resources



Amazon Smile Updated 

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A Blessed Easter!

2020 VIRTUAL Assembly Plans

Excitement is building for the Virtual AUSCP Assembly that is being planned for June 22-24 online! Plans call for retaining the original speakers. (See below.) For the convenience of those on the west coast, the sessions will not begin until 1:00 PM Eastern time/10:00 AM Pacific time. A schedule is available on the website at auscp.org.

Registration for the online Assembly is available at auscp.org, or by sending a check to the AUSCP office. Registration costs are considerably reduced! Monday Retreat - $25; Tuesday and Wednesday sessions - $75 covers both days; entire Assembly - $100.

For all who were registered for the 2020 Assembly in June, full refunds are being processed. Special thanks to those who chose to donate their refund to assist with the expenses of the virtual Assembly that is now being planned. A new registration will be required for those who wish to participate online.

New Assembly Special: Those who gave $100 or more to the Annual Appeal may register FREE for the online Assembly. To register, send an email to: office@auscp.org. Let us know which days you plan to attend. You must register to receive the link to the sessions in June which will be sent near the time of the Assembly.

 Are You Being Called for Service on the AUSCP Leadership Team?

Last Call! Have you considered putting your gifts to work with a leadership team that operates effectively by consensus and collaboration? And guarantees that you will experience the comaraderie of supportive AUSCP members? What a wonderful opportunity!

This year’s elections to the AUSCP Leadership Team (LT) will take place online in June. Nominations should be submitted by April 15, 2020. Nomination forms are available from: office@auscp.org. 

You must be a member of AUSCP to apply.

 A Book on Priesthood for Our time

Fr. Bob Bonnot, AUSCP Executive Director, has published a book on Priesthood: Jesus as Priest for our Time according to the Order of Melchizedek.

Some of the challenging questions discussed are:

In what sense is Jesus a priest? What is his priesthood? What does it mean for our time? What really is the role of a person baptized as a priest in Christ or ordained 'priest' in the Catholic Church? What is the value and function of an ordained priest's presence in today's Church and world?

Fr. Bob says: My approach re-roots priesthood as a way of life rather than as an institutional role. It offers an antidote to clericalism. It hopes to help restore the luster of Catholic priesthood and respect for it by grounding and profiling Jesus as priest for our time according to the order of Melchizedek.

The book is available as an e-book from Amazon. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to AUSCP.

In Memoriam

AUSCP Founding member, Fr. Richard Creason (Age 79), Diocese of St. Louis, MO, died on March 31st. Rich was known for his witness to the love of God among those suffering from poverty and racial prejudice, especially in inner city St. Louis. He played an active role on many community advisory panels and action committees that worked for the betterment of those on the margins. He said his attraction to the AUSCP included its sense of collegiality, commitment to solidarity with the poor, and the struggle to empower people.

May Richard rest in God's eternal love.

Annual Appeal Ends April 30th

The Annual Appeal is the main source of income for the AUSCP! This year's goal is $150,000 from 450 donors. Thus far we have received $142,500 from 442 donors. Thank you!! The goal is in sight! Help us reach it!

We need the support of all who believe in furthering the spirit of Vatican II and the agenda of Pope Francis. Thank you for whatever you are able to give! 

Donate online at the AUSCP website or send a check to: AUSCP, 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458.

Revised Plans: 50th Anniversary of Earth Day & 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si'

The Catholic Climate Covenant has revised its resources for planning celebrations of these anniversaries: “Earth Day at 50/Laudato Si’ at 5: An Urgent Appeal for Action”! Originally designed for use in parishes, schools, and religious communities, the revised version is designed for individuals, families, and online groups.

The new version offers prayers, readings, a short video, reflection questions, and suggested actions.




Our Catholic Faith in the Political World

 JUNE 22 - 24, 2020 Online

Monday Retreat Day

Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, Executive Director of LCWR, will lead the Retreat: Living the Gospel  in the Public Square


Tuesday speakers:

Mr. John Carr, Founder & Director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought  and Public Life,  Georgetown University: Faithful Citizenship in 2020



Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, former Executive Director, Catholic Health Association (CHA): Our Faith, Church Teaching,  and Legislation


Wednesday speakers:

Archbishop John Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe: Priest, Pulpit and Politics: Proclaiming the Gospel  in Today’s Society



Sr. Simone  Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK, Assembly Wrap up:  Practical Action  in Election Year 



You won't want to miss this superb lineup! 

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