June 5, 2020
USCCB Pastoral Letter Against Racism
Our country has been shaken in last weeks with overt cases of racism, brutality, and other evil acts. While these issues have recently been in the spotlight, they have been present in our culture for generations.
In 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a pastoral letter on racism. Open Wide Our Hearts is a call to expansive love that respects human dignity and unites us all in Christ. Now is the time for thoughtful reflection, intentional discussion, and prayer for healing of the wounds that plague our country.
Find the letter in English and Spanish here. You can also find a study guide for your own self-reflection or review with a group. Find a statement from Archbishop George Lucas calling for peace and justice here.
A Resource for End-of-Life Decision-Making
This pandemic has reminded us that we can be quickly and unexpectedly faced with serious health challenges and difficult medical decisions. Now is an opportune time to consider what it means to approach those situations with a Catholic mind and heart. We are excited to present you with a newly-revised resource to help you do just that.
"Close to His Heart: A Guide for Nebraska Catholics on Medical Decision-Making and Advance Directives" is a resource to provide you and your loved ones with a clear explanation of Catholic social teaching and practical guidance in making end-of-life decisions. There is also a sample advance directive included in the packet.
Find this resource here.
Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees and Immigrants
Although American citizens, lawmakers, and medical and healthcare professionals have made great efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, this pandemic continues to devastate our nation's health and economic well-being. Many vulnerable people have been left out of safety and welfare, including refugees and immigrants.
As Catholics, we are called to affirm the inherent dignity of every person and work for the common good of all God's people, while paying particular attention to the most vulnerable. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has offered a resource page to learn more about how the coronavirus is impacting these vulnerable populations.
If you haven't already send a message urging your lawmaker to adopt policies in the next COVID-19 relief page that would ensure everyone, especially refugees and immigrants, is helped during this crisis, you may do so here.
In the News
Our Lady of Guadalupe in Scottsbluff made a wonderful tribute to Father Sorensen, who is leaving to pursue further studies.
Join us in praying for the repose of the soul of George V. Murry, former bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown and former chairman of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.
U.S. Bishops ask Supreme Court to protect Catholic foster care agency in Philadelphia.
January 24, 2020
Catholics at the Capitol 2020
Join us for our annual advocacy day, Catholics at the Capitol, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020! We are excited to welcome former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr as our keynote speaker for the morning program, and a number of State Senators for the luncheon. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to bear the Light of Christ in the public square! For a full schedule and to register online, visit our website.
Catholic Schools Week
Join us in celebrating Catholic Schools Week January 26 - February 1! The Nebraska Catholic Conference is proud to advocate for over 27,000 students in our 113 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Diocese of Lincoln, and Diocese of Grand Island. Our students consistently excel in academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors; our teachers and staff go above and beyond their call to serve; and our schools educate students from families of all racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds.
Archbishop George Lucas reminds us what truly sets Catholic schools apart:
"For generations, our Catholic schools have been dedicated to the education of the whole person, providing a superior academic program in a respectful community, always with the focus on forming student for life in Jesus Christ. The quality and the success of our schools form a bright chapter in the history of the Catholic community in Nebraska."
National School Choice Week Rally
Next week (January 26 - February 1), school choice advocates across the country with celebrate National School Choice Week. Here in Nebraska, we will be rallying with hundreds of students and teachers at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 29 at 11 a.m. in the Warner Chamber.
School choice champion, Senator Lou Ann Linehan (District 39), says it best:
"Every year, I am inspired by the hundreds of school children from across Nebraska who come to our Capitol to celebrate National School Choice Week. So many students in our state wish to count themselves among those fortunate enough to choose the school that's best for them. We rally together to celebrate those families that have that choice, and to give a voice to those who don't."
Please come rally with us and make your voice heard!
Tri-Cities Pro-Life Legislative Coffee
If you live in the Grand Island, Hastings, or Kearney area, you are invited to a special pro-life event on Saturday, February 8 at 8:30 a.m. in Grand Island. Local and statewide pro-life groups will welcome Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, and Senators Dan Quick, Steve Halloran, Dave Murman, Curt Friesen, and John Lowe, for the Tri-Cities Pro-Life Legislative Coffee. There will also be a presentation from Senator Suzanne Geist of Lincoln about her bill, LB814, to end dismemberment abortion in Nebraska. Find more information on our website.
In the News
The Nebraska Catholic Conference is excited to welcome Jeremy Ekeler to our team this summer!
Pope Francis reminds us to put the good of the human person at the center of public policy.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for an important school choice case this week - Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.
Thank you to all those who braved the cold weather last weekend to attend the Pro-Life Mass and Nebraska Walk for Life!
January 10, 2020
What's the NCC Capitol Update?
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Nebraska Catholic Conference Capitol Update! The NCC Capitol Update will be landing in your inbox every other Friday during the Legislative Session to keep you informed not only on our major priority efforts but also on the many issues we are working on that matter to you.
We are grateful for and welcome your support, your prayers, and your feedback as we bear the Light of Christ in the public square.
End Dismemberment Abortion in Nebraska
On the first day of the Legislative Session, Senator Geist of District 25 in Lincoln introduced a bill to ban dismemberment abortion in Nebraska.
LB814 is an essential step to affirm the dignity of every human life, and we will need your help this session to pass this important bill! Stay tuned!
Pro-Life Mass and Walk for Life
On Saturday, January 18, join thousands of pro-life advocates to pray and peacefully protest the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the fundamentally unjust U.S. Supreme Court case that created a so-called right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution. The annual Pro-Life Mass, hosted by the Nebraska Catholic Conference, begins at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Parish (just north of the State Capitol) with our celebrant and homilist Fr. Scott Harter, pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ord, NE.
Beginning at 10 a.m., Nebraska Right to Life will host the annual Nebraska Walk for Life, which begins on the north side of the State Capitol and, after marching down 14th Street, continues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union where a program and keynote speaker will follow.
Day of Prayer
Governor Ricketts has issued a proclamation declaring January 22, 2020, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as a Statewide Day of Prayer.
Please join us in praying with our families, in our parishes, and as a pro-life movement on January 22, and everyday, for an end to abortion. To read the Governor's press release and proclamation, click here.
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Earlier this week, Governor Ricketts declared January Human Trafficking Awareness Month. At the signing of the proclamation, Katie Patrick, Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska, represented St. Gianna's Home in Lincoln:
"We have had the privilege of caring for women who have been victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation at St. Gianna's Home for Women....we have become one of the many place of hope for women, and we are continually strengthened by our state, our leaders, and citizens, who support us, so that we can support these women."
The NCC will continue to work with elected officials and private and nonprofit groups to end this modern form of slavery.
In the News
Archbishop George Lucas on Immigration: 'Treat others as we would want to be treated'
NCC supports policy to continue welcoming refugees
Watch a story about LB814, featuring our Associate Director for Pro-Life and Family, Marion Miner