Here is the text of the email below. It is entitled "Urgent Help Needed Now for Health Care Reform":
|The President of the Conference and the Chairmen of the three major USCCB committees engaged in health care reform have written all the bishops and asked that this material on health care reform be printed or hand-stuffed in every parish bulletin and/or distributed in pews or at church entrances as soon as possible. Congressional votes may take place as soon as early November.|
Material, as PDF files for easy download and reproduction, is available at http://www.usccb.org/healthcare/resources.shtml#bulletins. Please use what is most appropriate for your parishioners. We can also provide high resolution files if your printer prefers those; please ask your printer to contact Deirdre McQuade at email@example.com.
Also, below are suggested pulpit announcements and prayers of the faithful. This text can be modified and copied as needed.
More information can be found at www.usccb.org/healthcare. Please contact your diocesan leadership (especially the diocesan communications, pro-life and social justice offices) if you have specific questions.
Thank you for your urgent actions and prayers on behalf of this nationwide effort!
|Announcement--Weekend After Bulletin Insert Is Distributed |
To be announced at all Masses on the weekend following the Bulletin Insert distribution.
Congress is preparing to debate health care reform legislation. The Catholic bishops of the United States strongly support genuine health care reform that protects the life and dignity of all, from the moment of conception until natural death. However, all current bills are seriously deficient on abortion and conscience rights, and do not yet provide adequate access to health care for immigrants and the poor.
Last weekend you received a special flier/bulletin insert from the US Bishops Conference asking you to please contact your Representative and Senators immediately and urge them to fix these bills with pro-life amendments. The flier/bulletin insert included a web address that allows you to send an email message to Congress with a click of a button. Additional fliers/bulletin inserts can be found at___________ (back of church, etc.). The bishops have asked for our swift action and the commitment of our prayers for this critical effort. Thank you for your help. We can help make sure that health care reform will be about saving lives, not destroying them.