Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Faith in the voting booth

Make the Connection: Faith in the voting booth.

With only days until our big election day, I'd like to give you some resources to help you finalize your decisions in a way that upholds your Catholic values.

One podcast I find particularly helpful when researching for my Make the Connection articles is the Catholic New Media Roundup by Canadian Sean McGaughey. http://www.cc.ductapeguy.net/. He recently compiled a list of Catholic resources to help you make an informed decision at the polls in the US and Canada: http://delicious.com/ductapeguy/catholicvot0e

No matter what and who you decide to vote for, please join me in praying for our elections, giving thanks for our awesome privilege and right to vote, as well as praying for God's will to be done. Www.Catholicvote.com has a prayer page designed to encourage and focus prayer for the elections: http://www.catholicvote.com/prayer.aspx

And to think, next week, it'll all be over!

If you have questions or suggestions for "Make the Connection", feel free to contact me!

Peace of Christ to you!
Kerry Madden, The Catholic Parish Media Liaison

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Make the Connection: Political courage and honesty

Election Day is almost here! A wise elephant* once said "Every voice counts". So today I'd like to encourage you to empower yourself with the facts that will help you to make the best decisions for our country.

Ready to learn the facts about the candidates?
Check out the websites below to learn their views, biography, speeches and voting records.

At http://www.votesmart.org/election_president.php you can find non partisan facts (not accusations) in an easy to search, easy to understand language. Their website states: “Picture this: thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups. Every election these volunteers test each candidate's willingness to provide citizens with their positions on the issues they will most likely face if elected through the Political Courage Test. “

For a Catholic perspective check out http://www.priestsforlife.org/elections/index.htm to learn about the candidates, compare their views and find ways you can get involved in defending human life.

Peace of Christ to you!
Kerry Madden

*Horton, the pro-life elephant from Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Spiritual renewal and faith sharing

Through out the summer there was a buzz in our church... Arise Together in Christ is coming!!!
It was billed as small group scripture study, faith sharing and spiritual renewal. This sounded very exciting to me! I couldn't wait to sign up to be a part of it.

At long last fall has arrived and ARISE has begun! Last week's meeting was warm and welcoming. We got to know each other, agreed on some basic structure to our meeting and dove into the Holy Bible. The Arise Study guide had some thought provoking questions and encouraged us share with each other as we build our relationship with Jesus.

Check out the RCAB's website to learn about Arise Together in Christ and see if you can bring this exciting renewal to your parish! http://rcab.org/Life/Arise/HomePage.html

Peace of Christ to you!
Kerry, The Catholic Parish Media Liaison