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Announcements from the Parish.
“NEW” 12-WEEK SUPPORT FOR SEPARATED OR DIVORCED CATHOLICS BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 7:00 – 8:45 PM ST. JOHN NEUMANN PASTORAL CENTER, PISCATAWAY
Couples do not marry with a conscious intent to divorce, yet countless numbers of Catholic couples are doing just that! Whatever the circumstances are that end a marriage, a spouse is left behind and a family is forever changed. In addition to dealing with overwhelming emotions, financial and family problems, huge numbers of separated and divorced Catholics:
*stop attending Mass or leave the Church completely
Oppose S. 2578’s Unprecedented Attack on Conscience and Religious Freedom
On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that the HHS
contraceptive mandate cannot be used to force a family business to provide coverage for drugs and
devices that violates the family members’ religious convictions. The Court relied on the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by President
Clinton in 1993. Legal challenges by non-profit religious groups are still pending.
Oppose the Unprecedented Attack on Conscience and Religious Freedom
As early as this week, the Senate may vote on a bill by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act (S. 2578). This measure would not only reverse the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, but go far beyond. S. 2578 negates any right that employers, insurers or employees may have, under Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) or any other federal law, to opt out of federally mandated coverage.
Updated Merchant Night Information at the Stage House
Thank to you everyone who has been helping to support SMS by dining at the Stage House Tavern since the inception of our monthly Merchant Night program with them in March 2014. The events have been extremely successful for both SMS and the Stage House Tavern, and there have been a few updates to the program.
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