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Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

The Legislative/Respect Life Commission encourages legislative advocacy at local, state, and national levels guided by Catholic social teaching.


Objectives:


PRAY. Ask for God’s guidance in all our undertakings as we defend the dignity of every human person and the common good. Pray for the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government that their deliberations respect our rights to act in accordance with our religious beliefs.


ORGANIZE. Seek individuals from all congressional and state voting districts so contact 

will come from constituents.


EDUCATE. Urge members to read websites and sign up for information.


ACT. Encourage signing up to receive action alert from groups and responding to their requests to call or write your legislators on issues of concern.


MEET. When state and congressional legislators are in your home districts, set up meetings to begin building relationships. Offer your opinions.


PARTICIPATE. Sign up and encourage others to attend Capitol events. Consider participating in the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


SPONSOR. Consider hosting a candidate forum during an election year.


VOLUNTEER. Offer to help candidates by working for or donating to their campaigns, if their values align with Church teaching.


THANK. Write thank you notes to any legislator who votes your position on an issue.


Contact the commission at [email protected].

O God, our Creator, all life is in your hands from conception until death. Help us to cherish our children and to reverence the awesome privilege of our share in creation. May all people live and die in dignity and love. Bless all those who defend the rights of the unborn, the handicapped and the aged. Enlighten and be merciful toward those who fail to love, and give them peace. Let freedom be tempered by responsibility, integrity and morality.

RESOURCES:

Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.usccb.org)

Catholic Charities USA (www.catholiccharitiesusaorg)

Catholic Rural Life (www.ncrlc.com)

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (www.paconference.org)

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