God of mystery and miracles, Your Word brings light into the dark places of our lives,
Your presence gives us strength to endure when we are pushed beyond our own strength.
You find us in our lostness and with love beyond our imagining, you lead us home....
In this season of longing, grant us grace to bring all that we are to you, O Christ
---all the broken places
---all the lost wanderings
---all the weariness from trying to live lives that are pleasing to you.
Hold them all in the fullness of your love.
Then, be born in us, that we may find our home, our life, our joy in You, Lord of light and love.
- posted on Christine Jerrett:
Registration Links for 2019 Assembly & hotel are now live at:
AUSCP - HOME
Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations:
Bishop R. McElroy
Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP
The AUSCP Friends Group now has 158 members. Please take time to invite your friends to join us!
The majority of those who have become Friends have done so because of a personal invitation from an AUSCP member.
If you would like a flyer with the information on AUSCP Friends to print out or to email to your friends, send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us continue the important and critical work of the AUSCP with your financial assistance!
You can click below to donate.
If your parish tithes its Sunday collection and sends a monthly donation to various places please consider putting the AUSCP on the list of recipients. Thanks!
If you received a reminder about your annual dues, please renew by clicking on the BECOME A MEMBER button below, or send a check to:
200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458
Consider setting up an auto-renewal on your bank account.
For more information, visit the AUSCP website at:
AUSCP - HOME
If you have a problem with your credit card being accepted online, call PayPal at 888-215-5506. When asked to name your problem, say “credit card denied.”
To access the latest information on immigration reform and Action Alerts, click on the JFI logo below:
To access information on care of creation and Laudato Si', click below:
Catholic Climate Covenant
Direct link to Homily Resources
Invitation from Gospel Nonviolence Working Group
“Overcome Evil with Good.” It’s the spiritual advice followed by Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), the theme for the Gospel Nonviolence December 18, 2018 Conference. It’s done by filtering out investments which produce evil, (E.G. weaponized drones) and selecting investments which do good. If money is the root of all evil, it can also be the mechanism for good. “Savage Capitalism” can be tamed, and the taming thru SRI has hardly begun.
Our guest-experts will be Sr. Barbara Jennings, CSJ of the MidWest Coalition on SRI, and Mary Beth Gallagher, Director of The TriState Coalition for SRI. Many priests have invested for retirement. Will we be enjoying it at the
expense of profiting from evil? God forbid! To prepare, Sr. Barbara says we should check out www.iccr.org, the faith-based institutional experts.
To join the ZOOM conference on December 18 at 3:00 PM ET, click on the following link:
Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/eq64jM97O
Meeting ID: 925 522 127
AUSCP member Tom Sweetser, SJ, shared the following: Jack Jezreel (speaker at 2017 Assembly) has just published a book entitled, A New Way To Be Church: Parish Renewal from the Outside In. (Orbis Books, 2018.) Jack created “JustFaith,” a small group process that immerses people in education and exploration of social justice issues. “The process was intended to prepare people for social mission. I was hoping this would have the effect of making people passionate about the work of mercy and justice.” (p. 121) “JustFaith” demands a significant commitment from participants over six months, including weekly meetings, assigned reading and direct connection with those on the margins. This book does the same, asking parishes to change their vision, structures and actions.
If you know of a parish that is interested in the JustFaith Program, please notify the office at: email@example.com.
Catholic Climate Covenant
The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) is gathering in Katowice, Poland (Dec. 3-Dec. 14) to address climate change issues. Pope Francis urges us to pray a prayer from Laudato Si to shine a light on the need for urgent and ambitious action on climate
change. (For downloadable/printable prayer go here)
AUSCP member Bob Richter has alerted us that a bi-partisan carbon fee bill has been introduced into the House of Representatives. Bob said, "Congruent with much that Laudato Si' called for to include provision for poor and
marginalized people, this bill deserves the support of care of creation teams and networks, local clergy, and Catholic Bishops, Not a Red or Blue issue so everyone can get involved. It's a human issue."
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is a climate solution that goes further than any national policy to date, creating over 2 million new jobs, lowering health care costs, promoting energy innovation, and encouraging consumer spending. To learn more, click on the link below:
Voice of the Faithful Invitation: Every day during Advent you will receive an email with a link that will open the "window" on our online Advent calendar for that day. Each day the calendar will show a reflection, crèche image, and link to readings from the liturgical calendar
for that day to help you prepare for Jesus' birth. Click HERE to access VOTF's website.
Loyola Press has many resources for Advent, including an Advent calendar and daily e-mail reflections. You can access them from their website: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/advent
Urgent Action Alert on Immigration
Justice for Immigrants: The Trump administration has proposed rules to punish immigrants in America seeking green cards. He has unveiled new proposed regulations that penalize immigrant families for accessing basic needs to feed their children and keep their families healthy. The deadline for filing comments on this is December
If you are willing to submit your own comments, click below to reach the JFI Action Page and fill in your contact information. You will then be prompted to add your personal comments in the space between two paragraphs given, then hit "Submit." Your comments will be sent to Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Please consider using your voice to submit an important comment!
MoveOn calls for objecting to new regulations on immigrant families by signing a petition which will be formally submitted as public comments on this measure. Sign the petition to join us in the public record today.
FutureChurch invites you to consider joining a pilgrimage to Rome, Ostia, Naples and Pompeii from March 27 – April 5, 2019. We will be exploring archeological sites and museums to find evidence of women’s authority. Sr. Chris Schenk will be our educational leader. There is a $250 discount for those who sign up by December 31st.
You can find out more at: http://www.findingcrispina.org/
Special thanks to the 40 persons who gave online donations on November 27, Giving Tuesday! AUSCP received $36,260 in online donations. We are still waiting to hear regarding matching funds from PayPal.
With a boost from Giving Tuesday donations, the Annual Appeal has reached $73,169 from 224 donors. We are almost three quarters of the way to our goal!
Our goal for this year's appeal is to receive donations from 350 donors for a grand total of $100,000. This would represent a 40 percent increase over last year's appeal and would enable the AUSCP to move forward with plans to reach every priest in the U.S. with our message of hope and joy.
How to Reduce Your 2019 Assembly Cost by $200
If you reserve your hotel room soon for the June Assembly in St. Louis, you will see an offer for a Marriott Credit Card. If you do not currently, or within the last 2 years, have a Marriott Credit Card, you can apply for one now and get a $200 credit on the card IF you make a purchase within 3 months. Once you have the card you could register for the Assembly, and $200 of that $495 fee will be covered by your credit! (You also get 2 free nights at a Marriott hotel IF you charge $3000 on your Marriott Card within 3 months of getting
For the first year there is no fee; in the second year, a fee of $95. Such offers typically allow cancellation of the card before the renewal date, so you could avoid the $95 fee for the second year if you wish. This card option is likely available until near Christmas. Be sure to look at the conditions. If it makes sense to you, AUSCP's
2019 Assembly will be yours at significantly reduced cost.
In Christ with Hope, Joy & all Blessings,
Bob Bonnot, AUSCP, Leadership Team Chair
Shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3307327 and Amazon donates to Association of Us Catholic Priests.
A SPECIAL WAY TO SUPPORT AUSCP - VISIT THE CREATOR MUNDI STORE: "Creator Mundi", an exhibitor at our Albuquerque Assembly, is supporting our mission. The AUSCP receives 12% of your purchase total every time you shop at the Creator Mundi Store, if you use code donateAUSCP when you place an order. (This is not a discount to the customer.) Click here to order.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR...SAVE THE DATES!
The 8th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
St. Louis, Missouri: JUNE 24-27, 2019
God's Priestly People:
the Baptized & the Ordained
Retreat Leader: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley
Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago
For links to articles of interest on various topics, visit the AUSCP Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AUSCPriests
For more information and photos, visit the AUSCP website at: AUSCP - HOME
©2017 Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP)