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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Friday News Roundup: Vocation Retreat, V8s Fundraiser, and more!

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Suzanne Hammons
Suzanne Hammonshttp://dioceseofgallup.org
Suzanne Hammons is the editor of the Voice of the Southwest and the media coordinator for the Diocese of Gallup. A graduate of Benedictine College in Kansas, she joined the Diocesan staff in 2012.

Vocation Awareness Retreat for Women

Calling all women from 18 to 40 years of age!
Join us on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, including Lunch.
Find some answers to these questions:
Why are there so many different religious communities?
What makes them all different?
How do you know if this is your vocation?
How do you know if God is calling you?
One member of each of the women’s religious congregations serving in the Diocese of Gallup, NM will speak about the charism and ministry of their congregation. Another from each community will speak about how she discerned God’s call to her for consecrated life in that particular community.
RSVP: [email protected] or call 1-505-722-675 by May 15, 2024. We hope to see you there!
Congregations in the Diocese of Gallup include:
Congregation of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Congregation of Sisters of St Agnes, Franciscan Immaculatine Sisters, Little Sisters of the Poor, Order of St. Benedict, Hermanas de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe y San Jose, Madonnas, Missionaries of Charity, Order of Preachers (Dominicans), Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Order of St. Francis, Religious Sisters of Charity, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi.

Catholic School Renewal Talk

Interested in learning more about Catholic liberal arts education in Gallup?
“Catholic School Renewal” will be presented by Rosemary Vander Weele, Faculty for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education
Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 6:30 PM
Free and Open to the Public
Sacred Heart Catholic School
555 S Woodrow Ave
Gallup, NM 87301
For more information call (505) 863-6652 or email [email protected]

Arizona Catholic Conference Legislative Update

“The legislative session is in high gear with more than 1,600 pieces of legislation having been filed this year. These issues cover many important topics including life issues, immigration, school choice, affordable housing, and more. The Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC), for its part, remains vigilant in monitoring all legislative activity and advocating on matters of importance to the Catholic Church until the end of the session.

“In recent weeks, both chambers have been busy sending bills from one chamber to the other. If a bill has not made it out of its own chamber by now it is generally considered to be dead.

“Thankfully, bills to eliminate the Empowerment Scholarship Account program (HB 2562) and tuition tax credits (HB 2809) have not moved. Similarly, legislation to legalize assisted suicide (HB 2878) and numerous other bills to remove Arizona’s strong pro-life and religious liberty laws have also failed to move and can be considered dead.

“The ACC is glad that a bill (SB 1232) to expand the death penalty for certain horrific crimes has now been amended to instead have a sentence of life in prison. Similarly, we are pleased that Governor Hobbs recently vetoed a likely unconstitutional bill (SB 1231) to have the state enforce federal immigration laws.

“With regard to good legislation, a proposal (HB 2815) to help churches with excess land use it to build affordable housing for low- and moderate-income people has passed the House. Additionally, legislation (SB 1037) to include basic dental care in the AHCCCS program for low-income people has been passed by the Senate and awaits further action in the House.

“Finally, it should be noted that the Arizona Supreme Court has still not decided on the status of Arizona’s abortion laws and the 15-week limit on abortions remains in place. In the meantime, the ACC remains very much concerned about the Abortion Access Act initiative that may be placed on the ballot this fall and encourages people to decline to sign these petitions.”

Follow updates at: azcatholicconference.org

V8s for Vocations Raffle

This year’s V8’s for Vocations raffle car is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop Convertible.

Under the hood sits a 312 cu. in. (5.1 L) Y-block V8, with a 3-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission. This T-Bird is attractively dressed in Buckskin Tan paint and Saddle Brown Leather Interior.

Drawing will be held on June 1, 2024.

Learn more or buy tickets here

St. Teresa School Cabin Updates

Progress has been fast!

Buy tickets here.


The Friday news roundup presents a quick overview of Catholic stories and events from around the Diocese of Gallup, United States, and world. Have a news tip or event to promote? Email [email protected], call 505-863-4406 or mail us at PO Box 1338, Gallup NM 87305.

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