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A One Day Pilgrimage | Married Love & the Laws of the Land

Washington DC, Thursday, June 19

 

Join Father Richard Kosisko, pastor of St. Pius X Parish, and administrator of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, both in Mount Pleasant, and Mary Ellen Pellegrino, diocesan director of Pro-life and Social Ministry in prayer and reflection as we travel to the March for Marriage Rally and the Rayburn House Office Building to meet with Congressman Tim Murphy, Mike Kelly, Keith Rothfus and other Western Pennsylvania Congressmen in support of traditional marriage values.

 

Tentative Itinerary

 

·         Bus departs from St. Raymond Parish, Donegal, at 6 a.m., returns at approximately 9 p.m.

·         Bus departs from St. Thomas Parish, Bedford, at 7:30 a.m., returns at approximately 8 p.m.

·         Rally: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Located in front of the Capitol)

·         Lunch: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Rayburn House Office Building cafeteria)

·         Meeting with Congressmen: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Rayburn House Office Building – Room 2322)

·         Dinner Stop: Approximately 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (at a restaurant in Frederick, MD)

 

Pilgrimage Cost

 

Passengers will bring or purchase their own meals.  Bus fee is $55/seat, however, some financial aid or discounts may be available to cover the bus fee. 

 

Please contact Mary Ellen Pellegrino at 724-552-2605 or email mpellegrino@dioceseofgreensburg.org for additional questions or information.




From the USCCB | Updated Action Alert

 

·         Please write to Congress opposing the mandate, calling for conscience protections. Ask your representative and senators to support the Health Care Conscience Rights Act and to ensure respect for the religious liberty and conscience rights of all participants in our nation's health care system. You are encouraged to personalize the action center's message body.

 

·         In addition to sending an email, please call your local Congressional Representatives! The U.S. Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121, or call your representative's local office. Additional contact info can be found on representatives' web sites. Visit www.house.gov.

 

·         Lastly, to stay up-to-date on current religious freedom issues, sign up for text messages from the USCCB. It's easy. Just text the word "FREEDOM" to 377377.

 

·         A postcard campaign (launched in 2009) generated tens of millions of postcards to Congress and yielded great results! Prompted by the church’s pro-life and religious freedom concerns, the USCCB will host another campaign, the "Project Life and Liberty" postcard campaign. We need your support for the success of this campaign!



 

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

 

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

 

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

 

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

Amen.
 


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