Bishop Michael F. Olson was a guest on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He discussed the the plight of the unaccompanied children from South and Central America and Mexico that are coming into the United States alone.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram commends Bishop Michael F. Olson and Fort Worth Catholic Charities for the humanitarian aid that is being provided to unaccompanied children from South and Central America and Mexico.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist Bud Kennedy writes that Catholic Charities and the Catholic Church are putting their faith into action by helping unaccompanied children.
Bishop Michael F. Olson has written a pastoral letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth on the unaccompanied refugees crisis. In addition, Bishop Olson requests that the unaccompanied refugee children be included in each parish’s Prayers of the Faithful.
Texas' Catholic Bishops are deeply concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children and mothers from Central America and Mexico who are crossing into the United States through our state. Some of these children, as young as four years of age, are reportedly being held in crowded conditions in Customs and Border Protection detention facilities until they can be processed and accepted into a temporary living shelter. So far this year, some 47,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended, with estimates that the number could grow to 90,000 by the end of September.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth President/CEO Heather Reynolds testified July 9, 2014 before the House Budget Committee on poverty among American families. According to the Committee, this “was the fourth in a series of House Budget Committee hearings on efforts to improve federal anti-poverty programs, with a focus on states partnering with private charities to help the poor.”
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign. The Natural Family Planning Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops develops a poster each year with basic supportive materials. The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.
Boot Camp is a total Pro-Life immersion experience for High School and Homeschooled Students ages 14 to 17. It will be held at the University of Dallas (1845 East Northgate Drive Irving, Texas 75062). Participants are welcome to come for the entire boot camp or just the weekend. The Registration Deadlines is July 18th (Session Two). We hope to see you there!
Update: Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, will be doing a talk on "Overpopulation is a Myth" at Session Two of the Pro-Life Boot Camp...don't miss it!
SAVE THE DATE - Please make plans to join us on Saturday, September 27, 2014 for the Bishop’s 10th Annual Catholic Respect Life Gala which will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. This year's keynote speaker will be Bishop Michael F. Olson, S.T.D. M.A. The evening begins with Check-in and Silent Auction at 6:00 p.m. Doors Open at 7:00 p.m. The cost for individual registration is $90 ($100 after deadline or at the door). The deadline for all online registrations is September 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Please come support and celebrate this worthy cause.
Sharing in Ministry Parish Report (April 30, 2014)