Catholic Conference Working to Support Bill for $1,000 Stimulus for Students to Attend School of Choice

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference continued its efforts to work for funding for parents of school-age children, going before the Senate Education Committee on Oct. 5. The PCC was joined by others taking up the fight for school choice in Pennsylvania.

The hearing was called to discuss Senate Bill 1230 by Senator Judy Ward. The bill references the “Back on Track Education Scholarship Account Program,” which would make a $1,000 per-student stimulus available to eligible families to help them afford educational expenses.

Red Mass Calls Public Servants to ‘Be Authentic Witnesses’

Serving as guest homilist for the Diocese’s annual Red Mass, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington called upon judges, attorneys, legislators and other public servants to “be authentic witnesses of truth and freedom, peace and justice.”

“We have to acknowledge that the peace and justice for which we along are sadly threatened today. So what do we do? How do we respond? Jesus tells us: Listen to the Word of God, follow it, allow it to reign in your hearts,” Bishop Burbidge said during the Mass, celebrated Oct. 12 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.

U.S. Education Assistant Secretary Visits Lancaster Catholic to See School’s Response to Pandemic

Lancaster Catholic High School hosted United States Department of Education Assistant Secretary Frank Brogan Oct. 8 for a brief look at how the administration opened the school safely amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Brogan selected Lancaster Catholic as a school to visit due to its response to the pandemic, by opening safely to all students five days a week, through numerous safety precautions.

Who was Carlo Acutis?

Carlo Acutis was born May 3, 1991, in London, where his parents were working. Just a few months later, his parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, moved to Milan.

As a teenager, Carlo was diagnosed with leukemia. He offered his sufferings for Pope Benedict XVI and for the Church, saying “I offer all the suffering I will have to suffer for the Lord, for the Pope, and the Church.”