Over Two Million Children are Homeschooled

January 5, 2011

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (MetroCatholic) — In a new study released today the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) estimates there are over 2 million children being homeschooled in the U.S. in 2010. “The growth of the modern homeschool movement has been remarkable,” said Michael Smith, president of HSLDA. “Just 30 years ago there were only an estimated 20,000 homeschooled children,” he added.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2008) there were an estimated 54 million K-12 children in the U.S. in spring 2010 which means homeschoolers account for nearly 4% of the school aged population, or 1 in 25 children.

Today, homeschoolers can be found in all walks of life and with a wide variety of curriculum options, and a proven record of academic as well as social success, homeschooling is rapidly becoming a mainstream education alternative.

The NHERI study used data from both government and private sources in order to arrive at the two million figure.

To view the NHERI study - www.nheri.org/HomeschoolPopulationReport2010.html

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 27-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.

FRC: Europe High Court Denies ‘Right to Abortion,’ Upholds Irish Legal Autonomy

December 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, (MetroCatholic) — In a decision involving challenges to Ireland’s abortion laws, the European Court of Human Rights today held that the European Convention on Human Rights does not contain a general right to abortion. In a suit that had been dubbed the “Roe v. Wade of Europe,” today’s decision was a substantial victory for the unborn. The ruling stymies the international abortion movement’s claims that abortion is a universally-recognized right.
In November, 2008, Family Research Council, the Alliance Defense Fund (FRC’s counsel), the European Centre for Law and Justice, and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children filed an amicus brief supporting Ireland. Of this decision, Jeanne Monahan, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, said:

“Europe’s highest court has sent a very welcome message not only to its constituent countries but to the world at large that the so-called ‘right to an abortion’ is neither fundamental nor recognized worldwide, as abortion advocates would suggest.

“We are thankful that the European Court on Human Rights stood by the right of a nation to define its own laws, and also that the court stood by the life of the unborn. The result of Europe’s ‘Roe v. Wade’ decision reaffirmed that it is up to nations to define their own laws, and that a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body does not extend to a right to terminate a life she is carrying,” Monahan concluded.

Of final note is that with respect to one of three plaintiffs, the Court also held that Ireland had not provided proper procedures pursuant to Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution whereby a life-saving abortion could be procured effectively. This procedural failure was deemed to violate the Convention’s Article 8. It is anticipated that the Irish government will correct this situation while also continuing to maintain its current protections for unborn children.

Religious Leaders Voice Shared Commitment to Protect Marriage

December 7, 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have come together to express their commitment toward the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In an open letter released today, entitled “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment,” leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Sikh communities in the United States affirmed the importance of preserving marriage’s unique meaning.
           
“The broad consensus reflected in this letter—across great religious divides—is clear: The law of marriage is not about imposing the religion of anyone, but about protecting the common good of everyone,” said Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, newly elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and one of the letter’s signers. “People of any faith or no faith at all can recognize that when the law defines marriage as between one man and one woman, it legally binds a mother and a father to each other and their children, reinforcing the foundational cell of human society.”
           
The release of this letter comes the same morning that oral arguments on the Proposition 8 case are set to begin. In August, Judge Vaughn Walker had ruled California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, based in part on the claim that defining marriage as between a man and a woman lacked any rational basis at all, and instead reflected nothing but religion-based hostility to homosexual persons. This ruling has been appealed and its hearing is scheduled for today, December 6.
           
“Today is the moment to stand for marriage and its unchangeable meaning. We hope this letter will encourage just that,” Archbishop Dolan said. “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared
                                                                                                                       
Commitment” is being circulated nationwide. Downloadable PDF versions of the letter can be found at www.usccb.org/defenseofmarriage/shared-commitment. A backgrounder on the statement can be found at http://www.usccb.org/comm/backgrounders/shared-commitment.shtml

Full text of the letter and signers follows:

 

The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment

Dear Friends,

Marriage is the permanent and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family. Marriage is an institution fundamental to the well-being of all of society, not just religious communities.

As religious leaders across different faith communities, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We honor the unique love between husbands and wives; the indispensible place of fathers and mothers; and the corresponding rights and dignity of all children.

Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society in innumerable ways. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is not a special or limited interest but serves the good of all. Therefore, we invite and encourage all people, both within and beyond our faith communities, to stand with us in promoting and protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Sincerely yours,

Leith Anderson
President
National Association of Evangelicals

Dr. Thomas E. Armiger
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
Dr. Jerry G. Pence
The Board of General Superintendents
The Wesleyan Church

Dr. Gary M. Benedict
President
The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Glenn C. Burris Jr.
President
The Foursquare Church

Bishop H. David Burton
Presiding Bishop
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dr. Ronald W. Carpenter, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Ministries

Nathan Diament
Director, Institute for Public Affairs
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America

Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
President
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Most Rev. Robert Duncan
Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh

Rev. Jim Eschenbrenner
Executive Pastor
Christian Union

Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Gammon
Conference Minister
Conservative Congregational Conference

Rev. Matthew C. Harrison
President
The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

John Hopler
Director
Great Commission Churches

Dr. Clyde M. Hughes
Bishop
International Pentecostal Church of Christ

Ken Hunn
Executive Director
The Brethren Church

Bishop Harry Jackson
Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
Bishop, Fellowship of International Churches

The Most Blessed Jonah
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Orthodox Church in America

Dr. Richard Land
President
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Rev. Frederick J. Moury Jr.
National Conference Chair
Evangelical Congregational Church

Dr. James Murray
Interim Executive Director
General Association of General Baptists

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
President
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Manmohan Singh
Secretary General
World Sikh Council – America Region

The Rev. Paull E. Spring
Bishop
North American Lutheran Church

Dr. Joseph Tkach
President
Grace Communion International

Rev. Phil Whipple
Bishop
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA

Dr. George O. Wood
General Superintendent
Assemblies of God

Former St. Jude Children’s Hospital Employee Gives Thanks by Giving Back

November 25, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn., (MetroCatholic) — Henry Matlock, a former employee of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, remembers the families that would accompany the hospital’s pediatric patients. Mr. Matlock recalls how St. Jude families remained close to their loved ones through treatments and the after effects that were sometimes difficult. Oftentimes, the parents and siblings lived hundreds or even thousands of miles away and would remain in Memphis for several weeks or months. Understandably, the parents would pray that their child’s health improved. At times, Mr. Matlock could see their faith wavering.

So once Mr. Matlock wrote his latest book, “Daily Deposits for the Soul: The Busy Christian’s Guide to Abundant Living,” it was no wonder he thought of those families again. The book is based on the principle that by spending just 15 minutes a day reading one bible scripture and exploring the true meaning behind the verses, one’s attitude and faith can be not only restored, but “deposited” into a repository where one will always have faith, even when things seem as though they are not going the “right” way.

Mr. Matlock is donating 20 copies of his book so the families can reflect and be uplifted, in hopes that they may develop their faith during their time away from home. “I want those families to remember that God will be there for them to guide them and be their strength while they are enduring this challenging time with their loved ones at the hospital,” he shares.

The purpose of the book is to guide busy readers to develop their faith by showing them how to make “deposits” in several different areas of their life including Mindset, Service, Spiritual Growth, Relationships, and Personal Growth using short chapters to make significant strides in their Christian walk. “St. Jude goes to great lengths in finding cures for childhood diseases. And I am grateful to be able to give the families something that, hopefully, will make their time away from home a bit easier.”

Henry Matlock is an ordained Christian preacher, board certified healthcare administrator and author of “Daily Deposits for the Soul: The Busy Christian’s Guide to Abundant Living.” Go to www.DailyDepositsForTheSoul.com for more information.

To schedule an interview with Henry Matlock, call at 870-489-8613 or [email protected].

New Catholic Children’s Book Series Launched by Ignatius Press and Magnificat

August 16, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (MetroCatholic) — Ignatius Press and Magnificat have joined forces to launch a new line of beautifully illustrated, high quality, Catholic children’s books. These charming books will capture the imagination of children of various ages through delightful full-color illustrations, exciting stories from the Bible and lives of the saints, and simple yet powerful prayers.

Books for children of this quality are hard to come by - and when Ignatius Press discovered these books, published by Magnificat in France, they knew that they would be appreciated by parents in United States.

The first eight books of this series will be available in October 2010, featuring a variety of types of books for children of different ages. Three sturdy board books, “My First Prayers for My Family,” “My First Prayers for Christmas,” and “The Bible for Little Ones,” are geared towards young children. Two beautiful hardcover books, “John Mary Vianney: The Holy Cure of Ars” and “Bernadette: The Little Girl from Lourdes,” are perfect for older children and feature lovely watercolor illustrations and engaging text about these two treasured saints. Two other books, “The Adventures of Lupio, Volume 1: The Adventures and Other Stories,” and “The Illustrated Gospel for Children,” have fun, youthful but tasteful stories told in a comic book style. There is also the first volume in a series of coloring books entitled “Pictures from the Gospels: A Coloring Book.”

Ignatius Press is excited to partner with Magnificat, the publisher of the popular devotional, pocket size magazine that features daily Mass readings, meditations, and morning and evening prayers, to publish this new line of Catholic children’s books. Ignatius Press is well known as the primary English-language publisher of Pope Benedict XVI’s books. Ignatius also publishes several best-selling children’s catechisms, such as the popular “Faith and Life” series, and is a partner of Bethlehem Books. Their experience and success with other children’s products makes Ignatius Press confident that these new children’s books will have a wide appeal to Catholic families and children.

Anthony Ryan, Marketing Director for Ignatius Press, says, “Ignatius Press is honored and excited to be working with Magnificat to publish this new line of such high quality, beautifully designed Catholic books for children that have that wonderful combination of inspiring, informative text with such lovely artwork. Magnificat has earned a very high reputation in the USA since they launched their incredibly popular monthly worship aid, ‘Magnificat,’ and they have been publishing award-winning books in France for decades. We are very confident at Ignatius Press that this new collaboration with Magnificat will fill a real need for many more beautiful, outstanding Catholic books for children that will be greatly appreciated by the millions of Catholics, young and old, in North America.”

When the books are available in October 2010, there will be several ways to purchase them. Ignatius Press will distribute the books to the general trade, through their catalogues and online at www.ignatius.com

Magnificat will also be selling their books exclusively to their subscriber base.

Review copies of the books will be available in October. Anthony Ryan is available to give interviews which will provide a preview of this new series. For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239)867-4180 or [email protected]

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Today’s world requires lower age for first communicants, stresses Vatican prefect

August 9, 2010

Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — Children must not be deprived of the Eucharist, a source of grace and assistance to them as they begin their walk with Jesus, stressed the Vatican prefect of the congregation for sacraments.

In an article in L’Osservatore Romano to mark the 100-year anniversary of a papal decree which lowered the age of first communicants, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares underscored that children should still be allowed to receive the Eucharist as soon as they are able.

The Vatican newspaper published an article by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, titled “Jesus and the Children” on Sunday. In it, the cardinal remembered Pope St. Pius X’s “Quam singulari” decree from Aug. 8, 1910 which gave children the ability to receive the Eucharist once they had reached the “age of reason,” deemed then at around seven years of age.

“With this decree … he taught the entire Church the meaning, the opportunity, the value and the centrality of Holy Communion for the life of all of the baptized, including children,” wrote the cardinal prefect of St. Pius X.

“At the same time, he underscored and reminded everyone of the love and the predeliction of Jesus for children … ,” added the cardinal, noting in from Bible passages that the youngest “are always very special friends of the Lord.”

Emphasizing that there is “no greater love, no greater gift” than that of communion, he said that being with the Lord is “worth more than every other thing in the life of each man” and first communion, as the beginning of our “walk together with Jesus” should not be put off.

“We cannot, (by) delaying first communion deprive children … of this grace, work and presence of Jesus, of this encounter of friendship with him, of this singular participation of Jesus himself to be able to mature and thus reach fullness.”

In today’s world, he said, children are in great need of this sacrament and, “thanks to their immaculate and open souls,” no one is more disposed than them to the union, friendship, strength and presence it offers.

Citing the 100th anniversary of Pope Pius X’s decree as a “providential occasion to remember and insist” on the fact that children can receive communion from the time they are able to reason, Cardinal Cañizares said that rather than continuing a trend which sees children receive communion ever later, if nothing else, today they should be able to receive it earlier than ever.

“In the face of what is happening with children and to the very adverse environment in which they grow up, let’s not deprive them of the gift of God,” he concluded, ” … it is the guarantee of their growth as children of God, generated by the sacraments of Christian initiation in the bosom of the holy Mother Church. The grace of of the gift of God is the most powerful of our works, and of our plans and programs.”

And, today, he said, as Pope Pius X urged a century ago, “we must accompany this same ‘anticipation’ of age with a new and vigorous pastoral plan of Christian initiation.”

SCPI Study on Aborted Fetal DNA in Vaccines Presented at International Meeting for Autism Research

June 3, 2010

Seattle, Washington  (MetroCatholic) -Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute’s (SCPI) founder and lead scientist, Dr Theresa Deisher, presented their ongoing study into the possible link between aborted fetal DNA in several childhood immunizations with Autism and Austim Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia, PA May 20-22, 2010.

The study which was met with both shock and gratitude for her work, focused on “improper integration of the residual DNA as a possible contributor to autism, particularly in genetically susceptible infants.”

“It is known from gene therapy studies that injected naked DNA can be transported to the brain (Wang et al. 2001); that improperly integrated therapeutic DNA has caused cancer in young children (Hacein-Bey-Abina et al. 2008); and that shorter DNA fragments have a higher probability of entering the nucleus [of the cells] (Lechardeur et al. 2002)”, noted Dr Theresa whose company recently received a $500,000 grant from the Murdock foundation for their research.

Dr Deisher, along with Physicist Marissa LaMadrid, PhD are investigating whether improper insertion of DNA into the vaccine recipient cells can cause autism.  Four major areas of the research involve:

(1) measuring the amount and length distribution of residual human DNA in vaccines;
(2) predicting sites of DNA insertion via homologous recombination (HR) and measure insertion rates;
(3) modeling how brain cell function might be affected, either via loss of the ability to make proper connections or via selective growth of cells with improperly integrated DNA at the expense of healthy cells;
(4) conducting epidemiology studies comparing autism rates in children injected with vaccines containing human DNA residuals.

The results reported thus far were startling, to say the least.

“Changepoint analysis of autism disorder demonstrates a temporal correlation with events associated with human DNA residuals in vaccines. The levels of residual DNA are well over FDA-recommended limits”, stated Dr Deisher.  “Meruvax-II contains >140ng/vial ssDNA and >30ng/vial dsDNA, with average lengths of 215bp. Havrix contains >270ng/vial ssDNA and >30ng/vial dsDNA. The FDA-recommended amounts are 10ng/dose.”

While research has been conducted in the past on a possible link between thimerosal and autism, no one has ever looked at the contaminating DNA, something requested for years by Children of God for Life, a pro-life watchdog focused on the use of aborted fetal material in vaccines, medicines and other consumer products.

“Until the advent of AVM Biotechnology and their non-profit arm SCPI we had little hope that anyone would invest the time and money to do this study”, stated Children of God for Life’s founder, Debi Vinnedge.

“Dr Deisher’s work is a blessing to hundreds of thousands of families, if not millions worldwide.  She is a direct answer to our prayers for a biotech company focused solely on moral research and ethically produced vaccines and therapeutics.”

SCPI’s work on ethical alternatives to aborted fetal vaccines was recently highlighted in the Puget Sound Business Journal. For more information, including the Washington news story and scientific data from their study see www.cogforlife.org/scpiautismstudypress.htm

Catholic Service Agencies Serving Haitians Call For Rigorous Safeguards In Protecting Haitian Children

February 6, 2010

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - In a letter to three Cabinet secretaries February 4, the heads of five major Catholic agencies serving Haitian earthquake victims outlined steps that should be taken to ensure the protection of unaccompanied Haitian children in the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake. 
           
The leaders of Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the International Catholic Migration Commission wrote on the topic of Haitian children, February 4, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
           
“The compassion of the American people has been evident in their response to Haitian children who have been left alone after the earthquake,” the executives wrote.  “As social service providers with experience in handling unaccompanied children, we believe that certain processes should be established before such children are brought to the United States and placed in adoption proceedings.”
           
The letter outlined the following procedures to protect Haitian children:

  • The establishment of safe havens in Haiti so children would have security and proper care;
  • The assignment of child welfare experts to make best interest determinations for each child, including the best placements for children;
  • Family tracing efforts so that children could be reunited with their parents and families;
  • Placement in foster care with refugee benefits for those children whose best interest is served by relocation to the United States; and
  • Expedited consular processing for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with minor children in Haiti, as well as for those with approved petitions for family reunification.

 

The agency heads stressed that Haitian children who are not already matched with adoptive parents in the United States should only be brought to the United States after it is determined that it is in the interest of the child.
           
“Family reunification is an important goal and must be protected to the greatest extent possible, while placement with a guardian within Haiti will sometimes prove to be the appropriate course,” they wrote.  “If no family or appropriate guardian is found, and if it is further determined that it is in the child’s best interest not to remain in Haiti, the child should be considered for international placement.”
           
The executives concluded that, in the long-term, reconstruction funds should include resources to the Government of Haiti to provide protection to unaccompanied children who remain in Haiti.
           
Full text of the letter follows:

Dear Madam Secretaries:

As representatives of the Catholic social service network in the United States and internationally, we write to offer our views on the situation of Haitian unaccompanied children (commonly, but not always correctly referred to as “orphans”) in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12.

The compassion of the American people has been evident in their response to Haitian children who have been left alone after the earthquake, including the many offers to adopt children who might have lost their parents in the tragedy.   As social service providers with experience in handling unaccompanied children, we believe that certain processes should be established before such children are brought to the United States and placed in any legal adoption proceedings.  

In any humanitarian crisis, many children are left without anyone to care for them.  Whether parents or guardians are killed or families are separated by war or natural disaster, these children are in dire need of special assistance or protection.  In order to properly serve these children and to ensure that their special needs are met, safeguards and procedures must be established that preserve the best interest of each individual child.

We are heartened to learn that the U.S. government, in cooperation with the United Nations and the government of Haiti, has taken steps to protect Haitian unaccompanied children within Haiti and to locate parents or family members.  Other steps must be taken to ensure that child protection standards are maintained.

In our view, the U.S. government must take the following steps to ensure that Haitian children are cared for in an appropriate manner:

Safe havens for Haitian unaccompanied children must be established within Haiti, so that proper care can be given to the children and appropriate screening can be conducted.  We are in support of the efforts of the United Nations and the government of Haiti, in conjunction with the U.S. government, to establish safe zones and interim care centers for children who are unaccompanied.   Such arrangements for the security and material support of these children, who might otherwise be subject to kidnapping and human trafficking, should be the highest priority, and will permit the appropriate screening processes to proceed without delay.

Child welfare experts should be assigned to engage in ongoing assessment and to make best interest determinations (BIDs) for each child, including individualized recommendations for the placement of any children. Child welfare experts should be deployed to ascertain the circumstances of each child and make recommendations for his or her care and placement.  This would include immediate registration, an assessment of the family situation, physical and emotional needs of the child, and long-term placement options.  We applaud the initial efforts of the United Nations, the government of Haiti, and nongovernmental organizations in this regard.

Family tracing should be conducted for each child, to determine whether parents, other family members, or guardians remain alive and, to ascertain whether family reunification is a possibility.   We are heartened that family tracing has been initiated within Haiti to determine whether a child’s parent, family, or guardian can be located.  Family reunification is an important goal and must be protected to the greatest extent possible, while placement with a guardian within Haiti will sometimes prove to be the appropriate course.  If no family or appropriate guardian is found, and if it is further determined that it is in the child’s best interest not to remain in Haiti, the child should be considered for international placement.  In the case of the United States, such children should be paroled and placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where they will be eligible for program services for unaccompanied refugee minors.

Children should be placed in foster care placements prior to being considered for adoption.
Unaccompanied Haitian children arriving in the United States should be put under the auspices of HHS and, consistent with the results of best interest determination and processes, placed in foster homes or community-based facilities, until family reunification can occur or adoption avenues explored.  This will require an appropriate level of resources and reinforcement of the network of public-private partnerships engaged with HHS in this work. 

By following these processes, Haitian children would be able to receive benefits and services tailored to their specific needs and would be under the care of families, in the foster-care context, who have been carefully screened by the U.S. government and child welfare experts.  They would also remain connected to family tracing services which would enable them to return to their family and country if the opportunity arose.

Expedited consular processing should be provided for children who have parents in the United States.  In some cases, children in Haiti are related to Haitian permanent residents in the United States with whom they should be reunited but cannot because of delays in the family-based immigration system.   Currently, U.S. citizens may have immediate relative petitions pending for their minor children in Haiti.   These petitions (along with petitions on behalf of their spouses, who are also in the immediate relative category) should be expedited and immigrant visas be granted immediately.

In cases where U.S. citizens or permanent residents have approved petitions with current priority dates for their families waiting in Haiti, their consular processing should be expedited to bring these family members, including children, to the United States as soon as possible.

Where petitions have been approved and priority dates are not yet current, especially those on behalf of minor children and spouses of permanent residents, beneficiaries should be granted humanitarian parole to wait in the United States until they are able to adjust their status.

From our experience working with children in disaster-related and other displacement contexts, it is our view that as a general rule it would not be in the best interest of Haiti’s children, or Haiti as a whole, for unaccompanied children to be evacuated from their home country without a careful, individualized assessment of what is best for each of them.  While it is important to respond quickly to protect these children in the wake of the disaster, long-term harm could come to them if this response is not carried out in line with international protection standards.

Over the long-term, the U.S. government should ensure that future reconstruction funds to Haiti include resources that provide protection to unaccompanied children who remain in Haiti, so that they are not victims of human traffickers or other criminal elements.

We appreciate the response of the U.S. government to the natural disaster in Haiti and hope to work with you to ensure that these vulnerable children, as well as other victims of the earthquake, receive the care and support they need to resume their lives.

Sincerely,

Ambassador Johnny Young
Executive Director
Migration and Refugee Services
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Maria Odom
Executive Director
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Father Larry Snyder
President
Catholic Charities, USA

Ken Hackett
President
Catholic Relief Services

Johan Ketelers
Secretary General
International Catholic Migration Commission

Clothe-A-Child Prepares to Help Local Children

August 22, 2009

Frisco, TX (MetroCatholic) - Clothe A Child is a community project that works with Kohl’s to clothe underprivileged kids in Frisco and Little Elm. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!

In partnership with Clothe-A-Child are several Frisco and Little Elm churches, Kohl’s, Starbucks, and Krispy Kreme.

Clothe-A-Child Frisco has set a goal of clothing 1500 children this year. Each child is identified by the Frisco ISD/Little Elm ISD as one who would benefit from this program.

Saturdays, October 10 and 17 2009, the children and their families will come to Kohl’s in Frisco where each child will be given a voucher for $100 to be used towards clothing items. Each family is matched with a volunteer (volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older please) to assist in shopping. At least 800 volunteers are needed to make this program a success.

Ways to Donate:

1. Through your church - Churches in the Frisco area participate in the Clothe-A-Child campaign. Give a gift to your church with “Clothe A Child” in the memo and it will be accumulated with other donations to be given to Clothe-A-Child Frisco in one check from your church.

2. Mail a check to Clothe-A-Child Frisco, 10501 Main Street – Frisco. TX 75035. Please include your name and current address on your check so we may send you a tax receipt.

3. Donate via credit card through PayPal here. Please note that Clothe-A-Child Frisco incurs a 3% fee for donations processed through credit cards.

For more information, contact:


Clothe A Child - Frisco/Little Elm
10501 Main Street
Frisco, TX 75035
[email protected]

More About Clothe-A-Child

Clothe-A-Child Frisco/Little Elm (CAC) partners with area churches, organizations, individuals and businesses in the community to serve the new clothing needs of economically disadvantaged elementary through 8th grade school children within Frisco ISD/Little Elm ISD.

The Need: All communities have children in need of new clothes. Unfortunately, not all families have the means to provide the basic clothing items they need for school - shoes, shirts, jackets, jeans, underwear, etc. As Christians in the community, we feel the call to help these children obtain new clothes.

Mission: Clothe-A-Child seeks to address the clothing needs of economically disadvantaged children in the community through partnerships with Kohl’s Department Store, Frisco ISD/Little Elm ISD, churches, friends and businesses. We want to be intentional in addressing the ever-growing needs of children in the community.

Vision: Provide $100 of new clothing to each child in the program through our yearly event at Kohl’s Department Store. Volunteers are paired with each family to assist them in their shopping needs (volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or older please, since we are asking them to pair up with families and their children). Clothe-A-Child seeks to accomplish this goal by expanding its reach through partnerships with churches businesses, and neighbors in the community.

What is “Clothe-A-Child?” : Clothe-A-Child was started in 1989 by Dr. Lawrence Kennedy of the North Church in Carrollton, TX. This program was duplicated at McKinney Fellowship Bible Church in late 1999. In 2003, Clothe-A-Child was started in Frisco and has increased its impact each year. Last year Clothe-A-Child Frisco/Little Elm clothed nearly 1,000 school aged children due to the generosity of those right here in our community.

CAC seeks to impact as many qualified families from as many schools in our community as possible. School counselors of Frisco ISD/Little Elm ISD identify children through interaction with the families and the “free and reduced lunch” program. The counselor provides each qualified child an application to be completed by the parents/guardians, then returned to the school. Next, the applications are returned to CAC where a CAC Committee reviews them. Once the selection process is completed, each family is contacted to confirm their children’s acceptance into the program and receive the details regarding the event.

http://www.clotheachildfrisco.com/

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Parental Rights Amendment Reaches 110 Co-Sponsors

July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) - A Constitutional Amendment to protect the parent-child relationship introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, has reached 110 co-sponsors in the House.

“More and more members of Congress are recognizing the threat from government and foreign interference into the parent-child relationship,” Hoekstra said. “I encourage my colleagues to support the initiative by co-sponsoring the Parents’ Rights Amendment.”

The Parental Rights Amendment (H.J.Res.42) would state explicitly in the U.S. Constitution that parents have a fundamental right to raise their children as they see fit, while protecting against abuse and neglect. Threats to the parent-child relationship include potential Senate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the erosion of fundamental parental rights in our federal courts.

“Just about every member of Congress agrees with the legal principle that parents have the fundamental right to make decisions for the upbringing of their children,” said Michael Farris, J.D., president of Parentalrights.org. “Because of international law and shifting judicial philosophies, the right is being steadily undermined. We now have 110 members of Congress with the foresight to say that we need to protect this long-standing right before the erosion goes too far. We appreciate the leadership of Pete Hoekstra and the 109 other members of Congress who believe that it is important to secure the rights of American families for generations to come.”

More information on the Parental Rights Amendment can be viewed at http://www.parentalrights.org/.

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