The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37) has much to tell us about how to do God’s Will. First, we must love God whole heartedly. Love of God should propel us to act lovingly toward our neighbors.
Can you take action on behalf of Macario Gilberto Reyes-Herrera, a loving family man, hard worker, member of our community and undocumented immigrant? He was unlawfully arrested and taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in June 2017. He was deported in January 2018, leaving behind his wife and 3 US born children. Recently a lawsuit was filed in federal court against the state troopers involved in “Gilberto’s” 2017 arrest. Can you join with others to contact NYS Attorney General, Letitia James by phone and email? Here are the instructions and a script for Gilberto. If your conscience doesn’t allow this, will you work for more just immigration laws?
What if you got a diagnosis that you had only 6 or fewer months to live? How would you approach life?
2 bills have been introduced in the NYS Legislature: S.3947-Savino & A.2694-Paulin. Both would make it legal for patients who may die within six months to obtain prescriptions for lethal drugs for the purpose of committing suicide.
According to the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide passage of the bills would create
– an economic incentive for insurers to deny treatment to terminally-ill persons.
– offer no guarantee of a peaceful, painless death
– lead patients to take their own lives based upon inaccurate prognoses
– would not require trained medical personnel to be present at the time the lethal drugs are taken, or at the time of death
– would not require patients with depression or other psychiatric disabilities to receive counseling before receiving a lethal prescription
– may encourage suicide among persons who are not terminally ill.
Stating that this bill is needed to help patients avoid pain is a false premise. Inadequate pain control is NOT the primary reason why patients in Oregon and Washington request lethal drugs under the laws of those states.
Passage of these bills would place New York patients at great risk of coercion, abuse and denial of lifesaving treatment. To voice opposition to these bills, go to www.nyscatholic.org and scroll down a little to the rotating banner. As soon as you see the pill bottle pop-up, click on it to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. Thanks for taking a stand for life!
The Catholic Family Center serves the needy of the greater Rochester area (of which we are a part).
Locally, the OLOL Social Ministry Committee encourages us to serve in these ways:
Local Pantry: Consider donating the second of your BOGO items! Foods, toiletries, paper supplies — even pet food (for the non-human friends who may be in need) — can be left in the collection boxes at all worship sites. Items are delivered monthly to the local food distributions. Help delivering to the food distributions and assisting at them is always welcome.
Respect Life: During October parishioners at all worship sites are encouraged to learn and pray about the gift that life is. Baby Bottles are made available for special offerings that are given to area Pregnancy Care Centers.
- Project Rachel
- March for Life: The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming.
Helping Hands Funds: Financial assistance is available to those in need by contacting one of the parish offices. These funds go directly to vendors to assist with rent, utility bills, medical bills and other emergency needs.
Angel/Giving Tree: During Advent parishioners are made aware of the needs of the elderly who may no longer have family to give them gifts. Parishioners purchase and wrap gifts based on needs found on gift tags. Help collecting the parcels and distributing them is always welcome.
Equal Exchange: Fair Trade is about small farmers in the Developing World receiving a fair price for their labors. But it is also about much more. Through Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Coffee Program, our congregation becomes part of a life-centered economic model which puts people and the environment before profits – a model rooted in the principles of justice, equity, cooperation and sustainability. With your help, we can build a better future for ourselves and our global neighbors. Equal Exchange products are available at worship sites throughout the cluster
Public Policy: During February parishioners are asked to back political efforts that aim to strengthen families and care for the Earth by signing petitions.
Operation Rice Bowl: During Lent we partner with Catholic Relief Services to pray and collect funds that help brothers and sisters in developing countries.
Pet Food Collection: Held during winter in order to help raise and collect food for pets in our parishes to help out struggling families.
Grandma’s Kitchen: Provide food after school for students staying for activities at Penn Yan Academy
Handicapped Bus Volunteers: 3 times year and dates determined by Penn Yan Area Council of Churches. The focus of this ministry is to bring shut ins and the elderly to Mass and other Sacred Liturgies
Coffee Hour: Coffee and conversation with residents of Clinton Crest.
Immigrant and Migrant Ministry: “And when did we see You a stranger and welcome you?”(Matthew 25:38) Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:45) These words from scripture remind us of our call to be open and welcoming to immigrants because we were all immigrants at one time too. Throughout the Our Lady of the Lakes Community we have immigrants, many wanting to become citizens, living in our midst. They are people of great faith and deep devotion. Many seek assistance to learn English and study for citizenship through Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates. Another important way to help is to offer to get involved with the Alianza Agricola division of the Worker Justice Center of NY. Its other active programs include: human trafficking, domestic violence, legal education, worker advocacy, workplace safety and community engagement.
Diocesan Social Ministry Conference Annually held each spring. 2018 Diocesan SM Conference