Spiritual aids for the Great Fast are now available on parma.org. There are a few documents ready for download including a daily plan for reading all of the attached "Ladder of Divine Ascent" by St. John Climacus, a calendar for the Great Fast, and Fr. Mike Hayduk's famous vegetable soup. Click resources at the topic of the eparchial site, then click on Great Fast Resources. More items will be made available.
WASHINGTON, DC--Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the memorandum issued today by President Donald Trump restoring the Mexico City Policy and extending its requirements to all U.S. global assistance. Cardinal Dolan offered the following statement in response: "We applaud President Trump's action today to restore the Mexico City Policy, which withholds taxpayer funds from foreign non-governmental organizations that promote or perform abortions overseas (often in violation of the host country's own laws). This is a welcome step toward restoring and enforcing important federal policies that respect the most fundamental human right--the right to life--as well as the long-standing, bi-partisan consensus against forcing Americans to participate in the violent act of abortion." The Mexico City Policy, first announced at the United Nation's 1984 Conference on Population in Mexico City, requires foreign-based non-governmental organizations receiving U.S. aid to certify that they will not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in developing nations. According to a Marist Poll released on January 23, 2017, an overwhelming majority (83%) of Americans support policies like the Mexico City Policy. This includes 73% of respondents who identify as "pro-choice."
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 there will be an "Evening of Spiritual Reflection for Pascha," at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville, Indiana, beginning at 6:00pm. It will begin with the service of General Anointing & Healing, followed by a presentation on the "Spiritual Aspects of the services of Great & Holy Friday. The presenter will be the Rev. Stephen Muth, pastor of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Whiting,Indiana. There will be priests available for the Sacrament of Penance. Immediately following there will be a light meal of non-meat pizza (in the spirit of fasting) at the Social Center. If you would like to attend, please call (219-980-0600) by Thursday, March 30, 2017.