Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church



In. 12_:23

Rev. Dr. James Vick, Pastor
Mr. Mnrk Gang. Deacon r.-u_ Julie M. Roberts, Minister of Music Mrs. Corinne Hennen, Director or Religious Education Ms. Donna Jene . Voudl Minuter Pa.nlh Ortlc~ 501 South Moo,e Rd.
Chalt-1nOOBII, TN 37412 423-622-723l1fllx 423-624-26861 web: myolph.com Mr. Ralph _hristlana, Business Manager a"T1Imentallnformal.ion: Confessions: Saturday 4:00-5:00 pm Or by appointment

Mrs. Pam Frnnklln, Parish Secretary Mrs, Rose Haycraft, Parish Bookkeeper Mrs. Laurn Dcl~odo Moore, Contil.c de Divcrsidod
SdloolOmec 505 SQuth Moore Rd. CbSIIa'IOOgl. TN 37412 423·622-1481Ifnx 423-62.2-20161 Mrs. Jeri McInturff. Principal

B.ptlnDJ: Call the parish office 10 make an appointment i\brrbges: Call n prittt befOre n dale is Set. Arrangements mUSI be mnde four mon UIl!in ndvnn ell 0 r wedd inil dale, Sick CAliS/Communion Call!: If you are hospitalized call the Parish Office. We will nOI be notified by Ihe hospital due to patient confidentiality. Emergency sick calls are answered at any time. Arrangements can be made to bring communion to homebound parishioners for any reason. ParIlh Information: Nuncry: During 10:00 am Mass Sundays in M.donnll Hall RJle ofChrisrlln loillation of Adulu (RetA): 6:)0 pm Wedne~days in the Parish U fe Center from late September unlil Easter. Parlsh School of RellGJon (I' R): Sundays from 11:45 am - 9:45 am from laic September until May Parish Regl.51:rllllon: All new parishioners are asked 10 register in the parish as soon as possible, Cull or come by the Parish Office, Also, please let lIS know if you arc moving OUI CfOUT parish. Parlsb Offic,e Sours: Monday-TIml'liday 8:00 am-4:00 prn: Friday 8:00·3:30. cbouJ om~ ROllt : AUgll.sl-May 8:oollm-3;OO pm; June & July Wcdnesdll)'$ 9:00am-2:00 pm. P.ri,h l"rayer LLne: Can Phil Gilles 821·1400 or Donllll Week's 622·8 I 80 for pm yer requests, Comll6 de D.IversldadJUnlly & Diversity Cemmlttce:
Lunes 10:00 am-12:00 pm,

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Mrs. Hannah Jones. Adminisrrative Assistant Mrs. Teresa Hennen, Admissions 423-698·3274 Mass Schedulo SundIY': S:30 I'm Saturday ViGiJ;
7:30 arn, 10:00 am, 12;00 pm, 2:00 pm (Spnnish)

Childnn' liturgy 10:00 (4 yn &. up) CommunJon uvlc.: Wcekd.,)'$ 6:30 :un WRlld;l)'l: Moodlry 12:00 pm, 1'ucsdny.s,uunlily Boly 0.)'1: To be Announced
Fir st Frld~YI: 8: 15 am and 5 :30 pm


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March 25, 2012 Lector & Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion Scbednle: Sat, Mar 31 at 5:30 pm S. Dorris, J. Gonzalez Lectors Deacon, C. Blake, E. Buske, R. Dorris, A Gonzalez Sun, Apr 1 at 7:30 am 1. Lubinski, B. Reardon Lectors B. France, C. Goodhard, J. Goodhard EMHC 10:00 K. Reno, C. Amt Lectors; T. Lundquist, L. Orth, M. Rivers, M. Delaney, J. Runge, T. smith, D. Barta, T. Amt, R. Castle EMHC 12:00 D. Watkins, M. Simpson Lectors U. Berge, 1. Britto, M. DePrez, A wells, I. White, B. DePrez, B. Flowers, 1. Jackson, M. Jackson EMHC 2:00 G. Guox, A Camacho Lectores; E. Matias (1) J. Matias (0) J. Matias (1) EMHC Tbanks for your ministry. (fyou are unable to serve please fmd a replacement.

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Mass Intentions

beginning this Saturday: 24 8:15 AM +Doug Reardon 24 5:30 PM +Frank & Marie Ruggiero 25 7:30 AM +Jane Ensor 25 10:00 AM +David Fridl 25 12:00 PM +Veronica Arucappan 25 2:00 PM Parish Family 26 12:00 PM +Earl Platt 27 8:15 AM +Agnes Brown 28 8:15 AM +Ed Berube & Special Intention 29 8:15 AM +JeffMiIler 30 8: IS AM +Joseph & Theresa Lubinski 31 8:15AM +DougReardon 31 5:30 PM +Helen Rogers I 7:30 AM +Fred Guerrin I 10:00 AM +Michelle Masterson I 12:00 PM +David Patterson 1 2:00 PM Parish Family (+Deceased)

Many Cultures-One Faith
All are welcome: No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church; no matter what your current family or marital situation; no matter what your past or present situation; no matter what your personal history, age, background, race etc.; no matter what your own self image or self esteem you are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved, and respected at ... Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church

Rosary 9:00 a.m. daily in the church.

The bulletin deadUne is noon. Clase de Biblia en EspanoLunes a las 10:00 am. Tues. Fr. Jim's Bible Study: 7 pm Tuesday evenings ..Them bones. them bones. them dry bones" ... the Prophet Ezekiel. The Death & Resurrection of Israel. With God there's always a new beginning! No Class April 2ad & Aprlll0tb - Holy Week & Easter Week Wed. Bridge Players/St. Brlgld's Craft Groups, 10-2 in the Parish Life Center. Choir 6:30PM in the Church Hispanic Cboir at 7:00 PM in Holy Family Hall Tburs. Boy Scout Troop 115 7:00-8:30 pm Sat. Cursillista's after 8: 15 AM Mass in Parish Office


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Join us for a Korean Mass the 2ndSaturday of the month at 4:00PM.

LERTER ll£I'REAT. Wednesday Evening at 6:30 p.rn. March 28, with Msgr. AI Humbrecht
Join us this weekend in Holy Family Hall for free blood pressure Screenings. Next Weekend is our montbly collection for tbe Parisb Food Pantry. Tbank you for your continued generosity to tbose in temporary need. Altar Server Scbedule: Sat, Mar 31 at 5:30 pm S. Stovall, R. Mullinax, S. Tucker Sun, Apr 1 at 7:30 am S. Rhodes, S. HoylO:OO am K. Nguyen, S. Schultz, H. Ingle, G. Lundquist 12:00 Noon T. Salamone, J. Oliver, C. Holt, G. Britto

Mucbas Culturas-una fe Todos son bienvenldos: No importa cuat es su situacion actual en la iglesia Catolica; no importa cual es su situacion actual en su familia 0 matrimonio; no importa cual es su situacion pasada 0 presente; no importa cual es su historia personal, edad, antecedentes, raza, etc.; no importa cual es su imagen 0 autoestima; usted esta invitado, bienvenido, aceptado, amado y respetado en la ... Nuestra Seftora del Perpetuo Socorro Catbolic Cbarities 30tb Annual Dinner will be Thursday, March 29,2012 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Fr. Larry Snyder is the featured speaker. For sponsorship or ticket information contact Christine Willingham 267-1297 or Christine@ccetn.org.

Mother Teresa Si juzgas a fa gente, no tienes tiempo de amarfos. Madre Teresa
Join the Knights of Columbus on Friday night for a Lenten Fish Fry at 6:00 pm in the Parish Life Center. Cost is $6 and take-out is available. Don't want fish try the Cheese quesadillas.

If you judge people, you bave no time to love tbem.

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Lenten Offering: Consider joining the Choir for the Lent and Easter Seasons. All voice ranges welcome. Your parish choir need you. Choir rehearsals usually are on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. On March 13th, 20th and 27th we will rehearse on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Church in order to allow the opportunity for everyone to attend the parish retreats on Wednesday's March 21 st, and 28th Prayers for Expectant Parents: If you are expecting a child and would like your names included on the prayer board by our Blessed Mother call the church office 6227232 or Cathy Oliver 706-673-3029. When your baby arrives please let us know so we can inform those who have been praying for you and your family. Deanery Lenten Reconciliation Services St. Jude March 26 7:00 PM St. Bridget March 28 6:30 PM Please plan to attend one of the Lenten Reconciliation Services. RENEWED ACTION ALERT: WRITE to CONGRESS TODA Y - Bishops have serious objections to the "preventive services" regulation issued in August by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Study the issue & then write to Congress urging support for the Right for Religious freedom and Respect for Rights of Conscience Act at IIt1p:IIH' ... w.w.c:cb.org. Reminder: Due to the Privacy (Hippa) Laws hospitals are not able to notify us if you or one if your loved ones is admitted to the hospital. A family member must notify us if you wish for one of the priest to visit the hospital. The American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED Course is being offered on Wednesday April 18 from 6:30-8:30 in the OLPH Parish Life Center. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Cost is $4/person to cover the cost of supplies only! No written test! All OLPH parishioners are invited to attend! Please reserve your place by contacting Mary Pomerance 423-238-5525 or mafxcrp@gmaiLcom. Be prepared to save a life! Has your marriage ended through death of a spouse or divorce? Are you looking for a way to move through the hurt and heal? BEGINNING EXPERIENCE may be for you. A weekend guided by trained facilitators who have walked in your shoes. Schedule the time for yourself April 13- 15,2012 Information: www.beginningcxperience.org

Contact: Marian Christiana mchristiana{iVdioknox.or!!, 423-892-2310 Details of the weekend to come. Need some excitement and some spiritual enrichment? Register today to attend the 23rd Annual Knoxville DCCW Convention in Gatlinburg April 26-28. take action now by registering with your CCW President or www.kdccw.org or call Joyce Welsh at 865-382-4706. Come for the entire convention for only $85 or come for just one day-but come! NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION: Eighth grade students whom are a son or daughter ofa Brother Knight of Holy Family Council 6099 and fill out application enclosed with council newsletter are eligible to apply for this year's scholarship of $3000. Deadline for receipt of application is March 31st, 2012. Please contact Moe Rivers (892-8633) or Corkey Evers (899-9989) if you have any questions. The criteria and applications are also available at OLPH School and parish offices. NEW PARISHIONER/CHANGES New Parishioner _ Moving out of parish Information has changed


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Thanks to our advertisers! This bulletin is furnished to the parish without charge. The advertisements that appear completely offset publishing costs with which the church would otherwise be burdened Please patronize these sponsors as a thank you for their kind generosity. OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL NEWS OLPH SCHOOL is accepting applications for the 2012/2013 school year for students in Pre-K (4) thru 8th grade. If you would like additional info or a tour of the school contact Teresa Hennen, Director of Admissions 423-698-3274/teresahennen(a)catholicweb.com.
Congratulations to Andrew lisy. Andrew won First Place at the USTASouthern Tn GPSWinter Open (Boys 14) singles Tennis Tournament this past weekend. God job, Andrew!


Please Recycle! Save and mop off your empty Aluminum Cans at the collection point in the parking lot by Madonna Hall. The Knights of Columbus Council 6099 collects them, cleans them, sells them, and sends the funds to our Seminarians. Thank you for your support of them!
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March 25, 2012

Health Ministry March is associated with Diabetes Awareness and your possible risk. Being told that you have Diabetes, or you have a problem with your blood sugar level can be very stressful. Diabetes can be a scary thing when you are not prepared to hear it and haven't been taught what to expect. You almost immediately think of things you may have heard about diabetes which is uncontrolled What often follows is denial but that is okay since it helps to protect from the information you weren't expecting to hear. Other reactions may be of anger and guilt. The best thing to do is to be gentle with yourself and become your own best resource for managing this new part of your life. Getting the diagnosis never comes at a convenient time but must be dealt with and you willieam to successfully manage this difficult new part of your life. Laughing can help as your thoughts and feelings can have positive effects on the illness. Humor helps you to develop confidence in dealing with diabetes and has been shown to actually lower blood glucose levels. It also helps to focus on something positive. "I am not alone, millions of other people are facing this also." Remember you are more than diabetes and the feelings you have are typical of most people. Be your own best advocate and cooperate with your Health care Provider and you will do well. We will have diabetes Risk Tests available at the blood pressure screening today. Lenten thought for today. Each day can be a secret story woven around the radiant heart of wonder. Too often we let our days fall away like empty shells and miss treasures all around us. Look for the wonder today. Attention all Catholic Women: the Knoxville DCCW Annual Convention April 2-28 at the Edgewater Hotel in Gatlinburg is being planned for you and all your friends. The theme is "Lessons from our Mothers" a topic we can all relate to. Early full registration ends April 12 and hotel registration special rate deadline is March 27. Get a registration form from you CCW president or by going to www.kdccw.org or call Joyce Welsh 865-382-4706. Weekly Readings Is 7:10-14, 8-10; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38 Nm 21 :4-9; Jn 8:21-30 Dn 3:14-20,91-92,95; Jn 8:31-42 On 17:3-9; In 8:51-59 Jer 20:10-13; In 10:31-42 Ez 37:21-28; In 11:45-56

Bishop Stika is pleased to announce the formation of the St: Luke Guild of East Tennessee, a Catholic Healthcare Ministry. This guild is envisioned to provide a means for Catholic physicians, nurses and allied health practitioners in East Tennessee to live out their vocation by applying the art and science of the healing professions to the glory of God among our neighbors in the region. The St. Luke Guild olEast Tennessee has four major purposes: I.) To affirm the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine and allied health; 2.) To assist the Diocese of Knoxville in the work of communicating Catholic medical ethics to the medical profession and society at large in East Tennessee; 3.) To enable Catholic healthcare professionals to know one another better and to work together with deeper mutual support and understanding; and 4.) To witness our faith through volunteering to help the least of those among us with our time and talent, utilizing our particular skills of healing. Bishop Stika hopes to have every Catholic healthcare professional register on our new website, http://www.stlukcguild.org! , so he can notify them about opportunities to build strong relationships with other healthcare professionals and provide quality educational (i.e. - Catholic Bioethics) and collegial opportunities to support their Catholic faith in the daily practice of healthcare. Furthermore, when a need arises in various areas of the Diocese, a call for volunteers can be accomplished via email. Please take a moment to register simply click on the "Mailing List" tab on the http://www.stlukeguild.org! web site. The St. Luke Guild of East Tennessee also can be accessed from the Diocesan website, http://www.dioknox.org/ This information will only be used for the purposes outlined above. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bishop Stika's guild coordinator, Pat O'Brien, MD, at pobrien«(llChal'lertn.ncl for more information. Tap into Something More: Renew International's Theology on Tap Sunday nights from 7-9 pm. Join us March 25 at EI Meson Restaurant in Hixson. All young adults ages 18-39 single & married curious about the Catholic faith. There is not cover food and drinks are on your own. Faith Topic is a Devotion to Mary-How well do you know Our Holy Mother? Bring your friends. For more information visit the event wall posted on the Chattanooga Catholics or the Chattanooga Deanery facebook pages. Contact Nikki Klein at 423-718-2843. Diocesan Discernment Program: This program is an opportunity for men who are open to the possibility of discerning the vocation of Catholic Priesthood to gather on a monthly basis for discussion, prayer and reflection. The schedule for 2012 is: Saturday April 14 Day Hike/Retreat. For more info contact Fr. Michael Cummins 423-9267061/etslIcathoi iccentcr@1yahoo.com.

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If you wouldn't write it or sign it don't say it.

Earl Wilson

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Attention! God Camp forms are ready go to , bttp:lltinyurl.comlGodcamp20 12. GOD CAMPS, I SAVE THE DATES! An camps will be held again at Hanison Bay State Park in Group Camp! Dare to Dream (High School, incoming 9th-12th graders) June 18-22, 2012 Reach (incoming 7th and 8th graders) June 25-28, 2012 Discover (incoming 5th and 6th graders) June 28-30, 2012 More info on themes and cost to come Questions call Donna 423-267-9878. Catbolic Cbarities offers tbe following volunteer opportunities for those seeking to put their faith into action: Transport homebound seniors to medical appointments help with phones or gather and assemble toiletry kits for Interfaith Senior Services. Contact Mary Stangarone, 265-2397 or mcs(illccetn.org. Provide staff assistance by sorting donations or supporting fundraising efforts for the Pregnancy Help Center. Call Christina Call 265-2122 or ccall@ccetn.org. Help prepare meals for and socialize with clients of the Home Place, a residential program for homeless individuals with HIVI AIDS contact Krisie Long Whithey 698-9079 or krisic@ccetn.org. Peregrinacion a Israel: Este viaje estara a cargo del Padre Antonio Giraldo. El viaje sera del 7 al 15 de noviembre de 2012. EI costo es de $2,375 dolares e icluye el boleto de avian. EI plazo para hacer reservaciones para esta pregrinacion es hasta el dia 15 de abril de 2012. Para mas detalles sobre el itinerario contactar al Padre Antonio Giraldo al 865-986-9895 atiraldo52(ii1aol.com a Eddi Garcia aI305-213-4856 eduardogarcia20(iilaol.com. Forming Good Stewards Through the prophet Jeremiah, God promises a new covenant with the house of Israel who shall be His people. St. Paul reminds us that Christ is the source of our salvation. In St. John's Gospel, Jesus proclaims that whoever serves Him will be honored by His Father. This is a powerful statement to us as Chrisman stewards who strive to give our time, talent, and treasure in service to God through the Church and the needy as we hope to obtain eternal life.

Members oftbe Walker State Faitb & Cbaracter Based Kairos Community would like to tbank tbe parisb for tbeir support and prayers. Please see tbe poster in tbe vestibule The Money Counter's Prayer ••• Blessed are the parishioners, who use their numbered envelope; who write the amount in the correct box; who seal the envelope without scotch tape and staples. For they make our work easier ... Amen MASS ATTENDANCE Envelopes Offertory Children's Funds Required Weekly Variance Year to Date Variance

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Chattanooga's Catholic Cemetery since 1886. For information call David Hale, 622-0728.

EASTER ALTAR FLOWERS PLEASE SIGN UP BY April 1 •••If you would like to help provide flowers to beautify our church for Easter. Please provide the following Information so we can prepare the bulletin. REQUESTED BY


Catholic Charities Office of Immigrant Services
provides low cost immigration legal assistance for those who can't afford an attorney. Services include status adjustments petitioning for family members citizenship and naturalization and translation services. The program is accredited by the US Bureau of Immigration Appeals. For info contact Nathaly Perez 865-971-3550.

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The Living Stations of the Cross Friday, March 30~2012 2:00 P.M. & 5:30 P.M.

Presented by the Eighth

Grade Class 2012

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School


"The bishop is to be considered as the high priest of his flock. The life in Christ of his faithful is in some way derived from and dependent upon the bishop. The Chrism Mass is one of the principal expressions of the fullness of the bishop's priesthood and signifies the close unity of the priests with him. During the Mass, which he concelebrates with priests from various sections of the dioceses, the bishop consecrates the chrism and blesses the other oils. The newly baptized are anointed and confirmed with the chrism consecrated by the bishop. Catechumens ~ are prepared and disposed for baptism with the second oil. And the sick are anointed in their illness with the third oil. The Christian liturgy has assimilated this Old Testament usage of anointing kings, priests, and prophets with consecratory oil because the name of Christ, whom they prefigured, means, 'the anointed of the Lord. ' Chrism is a sign: by baptism Christians are plunged into the Pascal mystery of Christ; they die with him, are buried with him, and rise with him; they are sharers in his royal and prophetic priesthood. By confirmation Christians receive the spiritual anointing of the Spirit who is given to them. By the oil of catechumens the effect of the baptismal exorcisms is extended. Before they go to the font of life to be reborn the candidates for baptism are strengthened to renounce sin and evil. By the use of the oil of the sick ..to which James is the witness, the sick receive a remedy for the illness of mind and body, so that they may have strength to bear forgiveness of sins."
"Rile of the Blessing of Oils" and "Rile of Consecrating the Chrism" Decreed by tho Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship


Holy Week, 2012
In our remembering as Church we participate in the Paschal Mystery ofJesus. We celebrate not what has happened hut what is happening among us as a people called to conversion, gathered in faith, and gifted with the Spirit of holiness, This week celebrates God taking possession of our hearts at their deepest core, recreating us asa new human community broken like bread for the world's life-a community rich in compassion, steadfast in hope, and fearless in the search for justice and peace. OrdcTofPI;I,}'edThn:eDaY'.,'Ol.IS:]

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
March 31 n at 5:30 p.m, April rat 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. en Espafiol Tuesday of Holy Week, The Chrism Mass, Cathedral of the Sacred Herat At Knoxville, April 3«17:30 p.m., with Bishop Richard F. Stika, Third Bishop of Knoxville

Holy Thursday- April.d'
Morning Prayer 8:15 a.m.




By ancient Christian Tradition 'Morning Prayer' will be celebrated dwing the Triduum.

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m,
(Lent ends with this celebration)

Good Friday - April 6


Morning Prayer at 8:15 a.m. Stations of the Cross at 8:00 p.m,

Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday - April 7r.
Morning' Prayer 8:15 a.m,

The GreatVigiI of Easter at 8:00 p.m.
(No 5:30 p.m. Mass)

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
April 8'" at 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. en Espanol

Semana Santa, 2012
En nuestra conmemoracion como Iglesia participamos en el Misterio Pascual de Jesus. Celebramos no 10 que ha pasado sino 10 que esta pasando entre nosotros como una gente llamada a la conversion, reunida en fe, y donada con el Espiritu de santidad. Esta seman a, celebra a Dios tomando posesion de nuestros corazones en su centro mas profunda, recreandonos como una comunidad humana nueva trozada como pan para la vida del mundo - una comunidad rica en cornpasion, firme en esperanza e impavida en la busqueda por justicia y paz.
Orden de Or.lciOnC5,'Iks Dias, "01.18:1

Domingo de Ramos de la Pasion del Senor
31 de Marzo a las 6:30 p.m, 1 de Abril a las 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m, y 12:00 p.m. y 2:00 p.m, en Espafiol Martes de Semana Santa, Misa del Santo Crisma, Catedral del Sagrada de Corazon de.Iesus, Knoxville, 8 de Abr:i17;80 p.m. can el Obispo Richard Stika

Antigua Tradici6n

Cristiana 'Oraci6n. par Manana' sera. celebrada duiante el Triduo.

Jueves Santo -5 de Abril Oraci6n par La manana a las 8:15 a.m,

Misa par La noche de laUltima Cena del Senor a las 7:00 p.m.
(La Cuaresma oficialmente tennina con esta celebracion.)

Viernes Santo - 6 de Abril Oraci6n por la mariana a las 8:15 a.m, Estaciones de La Cruz a las 3:00 p.m.

Celebraci6n de la Pasion del Senor a las 7:00 p.m.
Sabado Santo - 7 de Abril Oracion par la manana a las 8: 15 a.m,

La Gran Vigilia Pascual a las 8:00 p.m.
(No. bay Misa a las 5:30)

Domingo de Pascua de Ia Resurrecci6n del Senor
8 de Abril a.las 7 :30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12.:00 p .. . m y 2:.00 p.rn, en Espanol

Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development

Office of Domestic Social Development

Catholfc Teaching and the Death Penalty Catholic teaching offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment. It begins with the recognition that the dignity of the human person applies to both victims and offenders. It affirms OUT commitment to seek Justice, comfort and support victims and their families, while acknowledging the God-given dignity of every human life, even for those who do great harm. Catholic teaching on human life 15 rooted in the belief that all life has inherent dignity and Is a gift from God that must be respected and defended from conception until natural death. In his encyclical The Gospel ofUfe, Pope John Paull! Challenged followers of Christ to be "unconditionally pro life.. He reminded us that "the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modernsociely has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance 10 reform" (Gospel of Ute, 27).

The Catechism .of the Cafllolfc Church explains that "the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to Is Ihe only possible way of effectively defending human lives aga.inst the unjust aggressor. If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means" (CCC, 2267), The test of whether the death penalty can be used is not the gravity of the offense, but whether it is absolutely necessary to protect society. The Catechism adds thai today "Ihe cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necesslty 'are very rare,if not practically non-existent" (CCe, 2267) ..
the death penalty, jf this

In 2005, the Calhollc bishops of the United States issued, A Culture of Life and the Penally of Deatl7.ln the document the bishops stated that !hegirt of life must be respected and protected; "that every life ls a precious gift from God (see Gn 2:7, 21-23) andthat we are aUcreated In God's image and redeemed by Jesus Christ, who himself was crucified. They acknowledged that sentences such as "life in prison without parole" provide non-lethal a.l!ernatives and called for an end to the use of the death penalty In the United States, stating "it is time for our nation to abandon the illusion that we can protect life by taking life."
of life. (Unlted Staies Catholic Bishops, 2005. A Culture at Ufe and the Penally ofDeeth)

Ending the death penalty would be one important step away from a culture of death and toward building a culture

From a Victim'sF.amlly ..... "No one in our famllyever wanted to see the killer of our brother and his wife put to death. We felt instinctively that vengeance wouldn't alleviate our grief. We wanted this murderer in prison so he could never hurt another person. But wishing he would suffer and die would only have diminished us and shriveled our own souls. Hatred doesn't

heal. Every lime Ihe state kills a person, human society moves In the direction of lis lowest, most base urges. We don't have to make thai choice. Our lawmakers have the capacity to help usaboUsh the death penaHy and 8'Iong with it, the fantasy that it wlll make the pain go away." . -Mary Bosco Van Velkenburg,. whose brother and sister-in-law were murdered

Facts About the Death Penalty
Support for th e Death Penalty Is Wan Ing Polling indicates waning support for use of the death penalty. In a 2.005 Zogby poll, less than half of adult Catholics (48%) supported the use of Ihe deat.h penalty. This was a significant decrease from a previous 68%. Catholics clted "respect for life" as their primary reason for changlngattlludes. With increasing data showing numbers of people being exonerated who were wrongly convicted and, wlth evidence that the application of the death penalty is replete with fiews, other sectors of society are also beginning to question the use of the death penalty.

Data shows the number of executions in the Uniled States in 2010 has dropped by 12% compared with 2009, and by more than 50%61nc9 1999. The number of new death sentences is the lowest in 34 years. More states are beginning to question the use of the death penalty. Even Texas, which has consistently led the nation In number of execunons, experienced a 29% drop in executions In 2010. Recently, 61% percent of U.S. voters indicated supporttor alternative sentences to that of the death penalty. In 2009, New Mexico received world-wide publlc attenllonfor abolishing the death penalty. In early January, 2011, the illinois General Assembly voted to abolish Ihe death penally and now waits for

Governor Pat Quinn's signature to enact the legislation. And, before leaving office in early January, 2011, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, caned on the Pennsylvania legislature to study the application oflhe death penally 10 determine whether it should continue to be supported. There .area various other proposals pending in stale I.eglslatures 10 reduce or end the use of the death penalty. . Who Is Aff.ected? Approximately 3,261 Inmates are on death row In 37 slate, military., and federal prisons. Since 1976, there have been 1,235 executions in the United States, Including 46 In 2010. But the impact of the death penal.tygoes well beyond those on death row. It also impacts the families of inmates, as well as the families ofviclims. Livas In the Balance The criminal justice system is run by human beings-and we make mistakes. Since 1973, at least 139 people from 26 states have been exonerated from death row after evidence of Innocence was found. Rather than showing the syslem is working, exonerations provide evidence Ihat our system is flawed. DNA testing cannot solve these problems. ONA evidence exists in only 10 percenl of criminal cases. Is the Justice System Just? • • • Over 90 percent of those on death row across the country were too poor to afford their own attorney. Studies by states across the country show geography plays a role in who lives and dies. Similar murders might get death in one county, but not In one nearby. Over 80 percent of those execuledln the United States were convicted of killing a ~ihil.e person, even though African Americans are the victims in at least half of all homicides (Death Row USA, NAACP Legal Defense Fund).

U,S, population, Race of Death Row Inmates Black 42% Blacks constitute 12.9% of Ihe U.S. population, Hlspanic12% White 44% Olher2%

but 42% of death row inmates

Source: Death Penalty Informatlon Canter, 2011

What You Can po • Pray for victims of crime and their families, Ihose Who have been wrongly convicted, and those awaiting execution, Taking life whether done by a perpetrator or by the slate, diminishes and undermines the sanctity and dignity of human life. 'We canna! teach that kilting is wrong by killing. We cannot defend life by taking life." Learn about Catholic social teachIng, U.S. criminal justice policies,and site listed below for more information about the death penalty. the policIes in your stale. Go to Ihe Web

Educate people in your parish or community about Catholic social teaching and the criminal justice syslem. Visit ~ the Web site listed below for Vatican and U.S. bishops' statements on the death penalty,. as wen asstatements from individual bishops and state Catholic Conferences. Advocate by contacting your elected officials. Discuss Catholic teaching on the death penalty and what steps could be taken at Ihe state and national level. to curtail or end its use ..This is especially important as most advocacy and activity related 10 the death penalty occurs at the state level.

To receive information regarding the Catholic Church's work on Ihe death penalty at the national level, or to link with a particular state's efforts, visit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Web site at lo\IWW,u$ccb.org/dealhpenally. Join Ihe Catholic Mobilizing Network for the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penally to receive regular updates and infon:nalion on what you can do to bring an and to the use of the, death penalty In the United States. Go to www,catholicsmoblllzlng.org for more information.
Copyright@ 2011, United States ConfereFlceof Catholic Bishops. At! rights reserved. This text may be reproduced In whole or In part \'iI!hou\ atteration for nonprofit educational use, provided such reprints ere, not sold and Include this nolice. (rev. January 2011)


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