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"Be who you are and be that well."

-St. Francis DeSales



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The Blue Mass, which has a long history in the Catholic Church, reminds us to be thankful to those who serve our community as first responders. During this Thanksgiving season, St. Mary's has invited local law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency personnel to this special Mass on Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m.


Please join us as Saint Mary's recognizes the dedication and self-sacrifice these officers make for our public health and safety.  


Our students will be present in celebrating these officers   whose profession is so noble and enduring, and pray for those  who have given their lives in the line of duty.  












WHEN: Monday, April 2, 2017 through Saturday, April 7, 2017 (Easter break)


WHERE: Camden, New Jersey


WHAT: This year we are going on a Service Retreat with De Sales Service Works in Camden, New Jersey. Their service retreats offer an opportunity to get away, reflect, pray and serve people in need. The retreat theme is rooted in the core teachings of St. Francis de Sales and involves direct service, facilitated reflection, presentations on Catholic social teaching, prayer and opportunity to celebrate Eucharist. Camden is consistently ranked as one of the poorest cities of its size in the nation. We will do much-needed, practical service in an urban area that is poor, tough, and needs hope.


WHO: Current sophomores, juniors and seniors. Space is limited, so there will be preference to seniors. We will also need 2 or 3 parent chaperones.


COST: Participants will pay full cost up front of $1,000, which includes air and ground transportation, lodging and all meals. Participants agree to help fund raise and secure sponsorship.  Any collected funds raised will be refunded back to participants.


MEETING: There will be an informational meeting for interested students and parents on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Activities/ Campus Ministry Center. For more information contact Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Kevin Costello at or (209) 957-3340, X 222.


CROP Canned Food Drive



The generosity of St. Mary's students, faculty, staff and administration was shown again as the CROP Canned Food Drive brought in 3,000 lbs of food for the poor. The food is given to Catholic Charities for distribution to the needy of our community. "Be who you are, and be that well."


Social Justice: More Than A Class



St. Mary's Social Justice classes, taught by Mrs. Kozina, have gone to St. Mary's Dining Room three times this fall to serve, stay and listen to and show compassion to the poor and homeless.


Sophomore Retreat



On October 24, the Sophomore class attended a retreat on campus, led by Oblate priest Fr. Ken McKenna, from Toledo, Ohio. Starting with mass, the day focused on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. There were PointPoint presentations, small group discussions and activities, and witness talks by seniors Ellon Madill and Jonathan Herrera.  


Assisting Fr. Ken throughout the day was Director of Campus Ministry, Mr. Kevin Costello, and over 40 juniors and seniors from the Campus Ministry Team.









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Message from Fr. Matthew Issac, O.S.F.S.


On 21 August we celebrated the 450th birth anniversary of our patron, St Francis de Sales. We, the St Mary's school community are indeed blessed to have the Gentleman Saint as our patron. It invites all of us the RAMS to imbibe the spirit of St. Francis de Sales and instill in us a deep desire to learn and practice the virtues of our patron in our community and mission.


One of Francis de Sales' most important contributions to the whole church in that time and in any time is recalling the universal call to holiness. Holiness and devotion are practically synonymous in Salesian vocabulary, indicating a Christian maturity, faithful to the unconditional election of Christ. Cultivating a devout life is the basis of being Salesian, in all states of life. He extolled the ordinary tasks and routines of life as providing the opportunities to be virtuous. For him everything is viewed in terms of love. Love of God is the center of one's life. Francis is an exceptional guide towards holiness and our particular example in our ministry as teachers and spiritual guides. On this occasion there is nothing greater than to know him deeper.


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622)


The tumultuous years in France after the Protestant Reformation formed the background for Francis de Sales. He was born on August 12, 1567, into a family of nobility of what was then the Kingdom of Savoy, which bordered France, Italy and Switzerland. He received his schooling under the Jesuits at the College of Clermont in Paris and the University of Padua where he earned a Doctorate in both Civil and Church Law.

To the great disappointment of his father, Francis gave up a most promising civil career in favor of the priesthood. After his ordination, he was sent as a young missionary to the Chablais district of Savoy for four years. There he became famous for his pamphlets in defense of the faith. By the end of his missionary apostolate, Francis had persuaded about 72,000 Calvinists to return to the Catholic Church. Francis was ordained as bishop and named the Bishop of Geneva in 1602, but resided in Annecy. His diocese became famous throughout Europe for its efficient organization, zealous clergy and well-instructed laity - a monumental achievement in Francis' time. Francis' fame as a spiritual director and writer grew. He was persuaded by others to collect, organize and expand on his many letters addressing spiritual subjects, and to publish them in 1609 under the title, The Introduction to the Devout Life. Francis' special project was the writing of A Treatise of the Love of God, over which he prayed and labored many years.

Francis de Sales died on December 28, 1622, at the age of fifty-five. The enduring value and popularity of his writings led the Church to bestow on him the title, Patron of Catholic Writers, of Deaf community for his efforts in developing sign language.


Francis collaborated with St. Jane Frances de Chantal in founding the religious order of the Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary (VHM), known for the simplicity of its rule and traditions. It was through the persistence of one of these sisters some two hundred fifty years later, Mother Marie-Therese Chappuis, VHM, that Fr. Louis Brisson, a priest of Troyes in France, founded the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales - a community of priests and brothers dedicated to living and spreading the spirit and teachings of St Francis.


The Church formally declared him to be a saint in 1655 and in 1867 gave him the rare title of Doctor of the Church .

Fr. Mathew Issac, O.S.F.S. 


Fabian Cebalos, Jr. Refurbishes Statue of Blessed Mother


Thank you so much to Fabian Ceballos Jr., Class of 2020 for sharing his time and talent with St. Mary's High School on restoring our beloved Mother Mary Statue that stands in front of our Mary, Queen of the Angels Chapel.
















Salesian Camp


Kevin Costello led five St. Mary's students, members of  Campus Ministry to a week long camp in Michigan run by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The week featured time for retreat, spiritual growth, discernment and offered important information on how to best serve the St. Mary's High School Community.



2nd Annual St. Mary's Mission Trip


13 students and 3 adults recently went on St. Mary's 2nd Mission Trip to New Orleans, Louisiana during Easter Break, April 17-22, led by Mr. Kevin Costello. The first trip, to Mission, Texas was led by Mrs. Margo Kozna in 2016.


In an area still recovering from the devastation of Hurrican Katrina 12 years ago, they painted the home of a local pastor who had a horrifying experience during Katrina and whose message of faith in the Lord and perseverance moved everyone to tears.


Say's Director of Campus Ministry, Kevin Costello: "I could not have been more proud of our students for their positive attitude, work ethic, exemplary behavior and expression of faith throughout the trip. It is an experience that will carry with all of us throughout our lives."


Below are some testimonials of students that participated in the Mission Trip:


"The Mission Trip to New Orleans was even better than I expected it to be. I never thought I would learn so much and become deeply attached to the culture of the city as I did. The welcoming attitude and thankfulness of the people we met made the hard work and sacrifice worth it, and I would strongly recommend this trip to anyone who is considering going." -Maddie Orlando


"Going to New Orleans for  this year's Mission Trip was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Seeing the people we helped being so grateful and hopeful and witnessing their connection to God gave me a whole new perspective. I was able to form close relationships with people I had a share experience with, as well as grow closer to God. I truly feel blessed to have had this opportunity, and I am so grateful to everyone involved who made such a huge impact on me." -Brooklynn Quinn


The Mission Trip to New Orleans this year was absolutely amazing. Even though many of these people live in poor conditions, they care for one another and have an immense faith in the Lord. By simply painting a house, a bunch of high schoolers were able to have an impact on the New Orleans community and spread Christ's message of service." Maddie Berry



100th Anniversary of First Appearance of Our Lady of Fatima


May 13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to three poor shepard children Lucia de Jesus Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto from the village of Aljustrel, Portugal in the parish of Fatima.. Our Lady's message sought for people to pray for the conversion of the world and asked that the world be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. This was part of the "secret" message given to the children.


Pope John Paul II, for his part, asked for the envelope containing the third part of the “secret” following the assassination attempt on 13 May 1981.


As is well known, after reading the message, Pope John Paul II immediately acted to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and he himself composed a prayer for what he called an “Act of Entrustment”, which was to be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on 7 June 1981, the Solemnity of Pentecost.


“Mother of all individuals and peoples, you know all their sufferings and hopes. In your motherly heart you feel all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, that convulse the world: accept the plea which we make in the Holy Spirit directly to your heart, and embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord those who most await this embrace, and also those whose act of entrustment you too await in a particular way. Take under your motherly protection the whole human family, which with affectionate love we entrust to you, O Mother. May there dawn for everyone the time of peace and freedom, the time of truth, of justice and of hope”.


In order to respond more fully to the requests of “Our Lady”, the Holy Father desired to make more explicit during the Holy Year of the Redemption the Act of Entrustment of 7 May 1981, which had been repeated in Fatima on 13 May 1982. On 25 March 1984 in Saint Peter's Square, while recalling the fiat uttered by Mary at the Annunciation, the Holy Father, in spiritual union with the Bishops of the world, who had been “convoked” beforehand, entrusted all men and women and all peoples to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in terms which recalled the heartfelt words spoken in 1981: 

“O Mother of all men and women, and of all peoples, you who know all their sufferings and their hopes, you who have a mother's awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your Heart. Embrace with the love of the Mother and Handmaid of the Lord, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of concern for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples. 


In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated. 


‘We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God!'  Despise not our petitions in our necessities”. 

The Pope then continued more forcefully and with more specific references, as though commenting on the Message of Fatima in its sorrowful fulfillment: 


“Behold, as we stand before you, Mother of Christ, before your Immaculate Heart, we desire, together with the whole Church, to unite ourselves with the consecration which, for love of us, your Son made of himself to the Father: ‘For their sake', he said, ‘I consecrate myself that they also may be consecrated in the truth' (Jn 17:19). We wish to unite ourselves with our Redeemer in this his consecration for the world and for the human race, which, in his divine Heart, has the power to obtain pardon and to secure reparation. 


The power of this consecration lasts for all time and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in the heart of man and in his history.


How deeply we feel the need for the consecration of humanity and the world—our modern world—in union with Christ himself! For the redeeming work of Christ must be shared in by the world through the Church. 


The present Year of the Redemption shows this: the special Jubilee of the whole Church. 

Above all creatures, may you be blessed, you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obeyed the divine call! 


Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son! 


Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, hope, and love! Enlighten especially the peoples whose consecration and entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help us to live in the truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world. 


In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you this very consecration of the world, placing it in your motherly Heart. 


Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future! 

  • From famine and war, deliver us. 

  • From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us. 

  • From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us. 

  • From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. 

  • From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us. 

  • From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. 

  • From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us. 

  • From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. 

  • From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us. 

  • Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies. 

Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world', sin in all its manifestations. 


Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”.


Mass Intention Requests


The tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice. The Church's reasoning was well explained by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical "Mirae caritatis" (1902) emphasizing the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: "The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply ... the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth. These all form one city, whose head is Christ, and whose vital principle is love. Faith teaches that although the august Sacrifice can be offered to God alone, it can nevertheless be celebrated in honor of the saints now reigning in Heaven with God, who has crowned them, to obtain their intercession for us, and also, according to apostolic tradition, to wash away the stains of those brethren who died in the Lord but without yet being wholly purified."


If you would like to request that Mass be offered for a particular intention, a request form can be found at this <link>


Missio App


A media initiative of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States — MISSIO App is available.


“This App is a way for the Church and our Holy Father to reach the growing number of the world’s people who have access to handheld mobile devices — a way to connect as the one Body of Christ,” said Father Andrew Small, OMI, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. 


The app is available for free at the I-Phone and Google Play stores on line.


Catholic News Service App


Catholic News Service will keep you up to date with all the latest news, commentary and analysis, video and photos related to the Church and the world.

The app is available for free at the I-Phone and Google Play stores on line.


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St. Mary's Monthly Junior Retreats


St. Mary's Juniors participate in a day long retreat each month to assist them in their spiritual growth, to discern God's will for their lives and to provide a guide for putting their faith into daily action.

Do You Have A Vocation?


Is God calling you to be a priest, a brother or a  member of a religious community?  Have you felt a need to serve God's people, to minister to their needs and help them find out about the love of God?

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Prayer Requests


For the Church


For those in the St. Mary's High School community


For all the students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of St. Mary's.


For Those Serving in the Military


For all SM alumni and family serving in the military. Pray that they be respected and protected, that their patron saint, St. George, watch over them and pray to God for their safety, wisdom in their decision making, fortitude and compassion. 


For the Repose of the Souls of  SM Alumni and Friends


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For the Holy Father, Bishops, Priests and Religious


For the repose of the sould of Mrs. Cheryl Best. November 2, 2017


For the repose of the soul of Sister Marie Moliini, O.P. Class of 1946, June 11, 1928-Oct. 13, 2017. A long time member of the St. Mary's community and member of the SM Hall of Fame.


For the repose of the soul of Father Jairo Ramirez, who died suddenly at age 56 on October 7, 2017.


For the repose of the soul of Monsignor Erwin Cain Dec. 21, 1919- June 9, 2017. Monsignor Cain is in the St. Mary's Hall of Fame.


For our Holy Father, Francis l, all Bishops, Priests and Religious. Pray that their actions and lives truly exhibit the values of the Gospel, no matter the cost. In particular for the members of the order of St. Francis de Sales who have served the St. Mary's Community for over 45 years, in particular Fr. Fallon who has celebrated 55 years as a priest,  Brother James Dorazio, with 47 years as a religious, Fr. Matthew Issac, and Sister Collette Standard with over 50 years professed, the Dominicans and Franciscans, all orders and Diocesan priests that are or have served St. Mary's High School since its beginnings in 1876.


For the unborn and born victims of abortion


For the innocent victims of abortion, for those who are suffering the personal devastation of abortion's aftermath, and that the hearts of those who promote the killing of the unborn be changed to affirm life. Pray that the minds and hearts of abortion providers change to embrace life and not destroy it. Pray that the United States recognize the right to life of the unborn.


All those facing unemployment and financial difficulty at this time


The Poor Souls in Purgatory


For Christian Martyrs, Victims of Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Crime and Abuse and Poverty


For the repose of the soul of Fr.

For the victims of the Munich, Germany terror attack


For the 98 victims of the Nice, France terror attack


For the Victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack


Pray for the 147 Christian martyrs who were killed by Islamic terrorist organization al-Shabab at Garissa University College in Kenya on April 2, 2015


For the four sisters, Missionaries of Charity, who worked with the poorest of the poor in Yemen, died when four gunmen stormed the nursing home where they worked.


Sister Anselm, 57, was the youngest of seven siblings in an Indian family of farmers. Fellow missionaries said she lived and died for the people. While not much is known about the three other sisters, including 44-year-old Sister Margherite and 32-year-old Sister Reginette, both of Rwanda, and 41-year-old Kenyan Sister Judith, they are not forgotten. They were daughters, sisters and spiritual mothers to many. Bishop Paul Hinder, the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, which includes Yemen, said they  “sacrificed their lives by following their own charism.”


In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis prayed that Blessed Mother Teresa “accompany to paradise these daughters of hers, martyrs of charity, and that she would intercede for peace and a sacred respect for human life.”


The Pope had earlier said of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians killed:


“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a witness that cries out to be heard,” the pope said. “It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants,” the pope said, according to a Vatican transcript. “They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ.” The Pope urged Christians toward ecumenism, or unity in Christian faith. “As we recall these brothers and sisters who were killed only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage one another to go forward with this ecumenism that is emboldening us, the ecumenism of blood,” he said. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” -Pope Francis


The following are the names of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians that were beheaded by ISIS:


 1.  Milad Makeen Zaky

 11. Mina Fayez Aziz

 2.  Abanub Ayad Atiya

 12. Hany Abdelmesih Salib

 3.  Maged Solaiman Shehata

 13. Bishoy Adel Khalaf

 4.  Yusuf Shukry Yunan

 14. Samuel Alham Wilson

 5.  Kirollos Shokry Fawzy

 15. Worker from Awr village

 6.  Bishoy Astafanus Kamel

 16. Ezat Bishri Naseef

 7.  Somaily Astafanus Kamel

 17. Loqa Nagaty

 8.  Malak  Ibrahim Sinweet

 18. Gaber Munir Adly

 9.  Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros

 19. Esam Badir Samir

 10. Girgis Milad Sinweet

 20. Malak Farag Abram

21. Sameh Salam Farug


 …and for the countless other Christian martyrs throughout the world today!






Pope Francis



Christian Forgiveness and Mercy


"As Bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I want to ask for mercy and forgiveness for the behavior of Catholics towards Christians of other Churches which has not reflected Gospel values. At the same time, I invite all Catholic brothers and sisters to forgive if they, today or in the past, have been offended by other Christians. We cannot cancel out what has happened, but we do not want to let the weight of past faults continue to contaminate our relationships. God’s mercy will renew our relationships." -Pope Francis, January 26, 2016.


Misuse of Religion


"Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext,"


-Pope Francis  January 12, 2015

Proclaiming the Gospel


“We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.


A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.


“This is also the great benefit of confession as a sacrament: evaluating case by case and discerning what is the best thing to do for a person who seeks God and grace. The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better. I also consider the situation of a woman with a failed marriage in her past and who also had an abortion. Then this woman remarries, and she is now happy and has five children. That abortion in her past weighs heavily on her conscience and she sincerely regrets it. She would like to move forward in her Christian life. What is the confessor to do?


“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.


The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.  Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.


“I say this also thinking about the preaching and content of our preaching. A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation. Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence. But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing. The homily is the touchstone to measure the pastor’s proximity and ability to meet his people, because those who preach must recognize the heart of their community and must be able to see where the desire for God is lively and ardent. The message of the Gospel, therefore, is not to be reduced to some aspects that, although relevant, on their own do not show the heart of the message of Jesus Christ.”


Volunteer Opportunjities



Catholic Charities

Provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of the local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.




Saint Mary’s Dining Room

An interfaith organization serving the needs of Stockton's poor and homeless by providing food, medical care and clothing.





Red Rhino Orphanage Project


The Red Rhino Orphanage Project’s mission is to house and educate some of the most desperate and unfortunate children in Kenya, enabling them to become contributing members of society and leaders of the next generation






Your Local Catholic Parish


Numerous volunteer opportunities present themselves from youth ministry to liturgy.

Pregnant and Need Help?

Selected Quotes from Church Documents: On Legalized Abortion (Source: USCCB)


Papal Teaching

Openness to life is at the centre of true development. When a society moves towards the denial or suppression of life, it ends up no longer finding the necessary motivation and energy to strive for man's true good. If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of a new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away. The acceptance of life strengthens moral fiber and makes people capable of mutual help. By cultivating openness to life, wealthy peoples can better understand the needs of poor ones, they can avoid employing huge economic and intellectual resources to satisfy the selfish desires of their own citizens, and instead, they can promote virtuous action within the perspective of production that is morally sound and marked by solidarity, respecting the fundamental right to life of every people and every individual.

“Caritas In Veritate” Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI 6-29-2009


But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centers where abortions are performed. … In this sense abortion goes beyond the responsibility of individuals and beyond the harm done to them, and takes on a distinctly social dimension. It is a most serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people who ought to be society’s promoters and defenders.

Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 59.

When a parliamentary or social majority decrees that it is legal, at least under certain conditions, to kill unborn human life, is it not really making a ‘tyrannical’ decision with regard to the weakest and most defenseless of human beings?....While public authority can sometimes choose not to put a stop to something which – were it prohibited – would cause more serious harm, it can never presume to legitimize as a right of individuals – even if they are the majority of the members of society – an offense against other persons caused by the disregard of so fundamental a right as the right to life.

Id., nos. 70, 71.

Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.

Id., no. 72.

Utilitarianism is a civilization of production and of use, a civilization of "things" and not of "persons", a civilization in which persons are used in the same way as things are used. In the context of a civilization of use, woman can become an object for man, children a hindrance to parents, the family an institution obstructing the freedom of its members. To be convinced that this is the case, one need only look at certain sexual education programmes introduced into the schools, often notwithstanding the disagreement and even the protests of many parents; or pro-abortion tendencies which vainly try to hide behind the so-called "right to choose" ("pro-choice") on the part of both spouses, and in particular on the part of the woman.

Pope John Paul II, Letter to Families, February 2, 1994, no. 13

On “social sin”:

Also social is every sin against the rights of the human person, beginning with the right to life and including the life of the unborn or against a person's physical integrity…The term social can be applied to sins of commission or omission-on the part of political, economic or trade union leaders, who though in a position to do so, do not work diligently and wisely for the improvement and transformation of society according to the requirements and potential of the given historic moment…Whenever the church speaks of situations of sin or when the condemns as social sins certain situations or the collective behavior of certain social groups, big or small, or even of whole nations and blocs of nations, she knows and she proclaims that such cases of social sin are the result of the accumulation and concentration of many personal sins. It is a case of the very personal sins of those who cause or support evil or who exploit it; of those who are in a position to avoid, eliminate or at least limit certain social evils but who fail to do so out of laziness, fear or the conspiracy of silence, through secret complicity or indifference; of those who take refuge in the supposed impossibility of changing the world and also of those who sidestep the effort and sacrifice required, producing specious reasons of a higher order. The real responsibility, then, lies with individuals.

Pope John Paul II, Reconciliation and Penance (1984), no. 16

Vatican Documents


It is true that it is not the task of the law to choose between points of view or to impose one rather than another. But the life of the child takes precedence over all opinions. One cannot invoke freedom of thought to destroy this life…

The role of law is not to record what is done, but to help in promoting improvement. It is at all times the task of the State to preserve each person's rights and to protect the weakest. In order to do so the State will have to right many wrongs. The law is not obliged to sanction everything, but it cannot act contrary to a law which is deeper and more majestic than any human law: the natural law engraved in men's hearts by the Creator as a norm which reason clarifies and strives to formulate properly, and which one must always struggle to understand better, but which it is always wrong to contradict. Human law can abstain from punishment, but it cannot declare to be right what would be opposed to the natural law, for this opposition suffices to give the assurance that a law is not a law at all…

It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application.

Physician Assisted Suicide


Statement of the California Catholic Conference on Legalized Physician-Assisted Suicide


October 5, 2015


The Bishops of California, have issued the following statement after Governor Brown signed ABx2-15 (Eggman) the End-of-Life Option Act:“The physician-assisted suicide legislation (ABx2-15) signed today by Governor Brown makes it legal to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to assist terminally ill patients to take their own life.  This law stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.


“All 48 Catholic hospitals in California provide excellent palliative care services as all medical facilities for terminally ill patients should but often do not.  As Catholic Bishops in California we join hands with the disability rights groups, physicians, other health care professionals, and advocates for the elderly in opposing physician-assisted suicide as the wrong way to advance the human dignity for those facing a terminal illness.


“Pope Francis has warned us about our "throw away culture."  Have we become so callous in protecting the sacredness of life that we easily approve of a physician handing over a lethal dose of drugs to someone to end their life at their most vulnerable moment when they most need to be cared for with love and attention?


“We are particularly disappointed that the very real concerns and risks posed to our brothers and sisters in vulnerable communities of the disabled and elderly have been consistently ignored by our state’s elected officials.  In a health care system grappling with constantly escalating costs, the elderly and disabled are in great peril now that assisted suicide has become legal.  Application of such a law elsewhere shows that the option to offer the low-cost alternative of lethal drugs instead of proper medical care is a temptation not long resisted.


“For vulnerable people, this isn’t compassion.  There’s nothing in this law that supports or promotes the common good.  This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable.  If anything, this bill says just the opposite and only serves to increase their emotional burden.  And it facilitates subtle but potent pressures on the elderly and the disabled to end their lives rather than become a financial or emotional burden on their children.


“Nothing illustrates what is wrong with this bill more than how it got to Governor Brown’s desk having failed to even get out of committee in the normal legislative process.  In a special legislative session called to help fix a $1 billion gap in Medi-Cal funding and other health-financing issues, the Legislature and Governor did not address the problems nor offer ways to bring down the cost of healthcare.  Millions of people on Medi-Cal are still not eligible for palliative or other ‘end-of-life care.’  Instead, lawmakers’ solution to bringing down health care costs is to allow physicians to end a person’s life.  This will adversely affect the poor, as those with resources will always have access to palliative care.  This is not compassion.


“The California Catholic Conference has been very proud to work with Californians Against Assisted Suicide and its partners from the disability-rights community, advocates for the elderly, physicians’ groups and other health care professionals during the debate on physician-assisted suicide.  We thank all these members and the thousands of Catholics throughout the state who expressed their opposition for their outstanding work and we will continue to stand with them in efforts to protect the most vulnerable Californians.”


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