Today, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a decision in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The Court ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “preventive services” mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as applied to these employers to the extent that it would have forced them to provide insurance coverage for drugs and devices that violate their religious convictions on respect for human life.
This decision of the Supreme Court indicates that Americans should have the right to follow their faith while operating family businesses, even when these businesses are tightly held corporations. This is a great victory for religious freedom.
Also, today, the tenth circuit court of appeals granted The Diocese of Cheyenne and affiliated Catholic organizations, an injunction pending appeal. The order reads as follows:
“we hereby order as follows. If the plaintiffs-appellants inform the Secretary of Health and Human Services in writing that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services, the respondents are enjoined from enforcing against the plaintiffs-appellants the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending further order of the court. To meet the condition for injunction pending appeal, plaintiffs-appellants need not use the form prescribed by the Government and need not send copies to third-party administrators.”
Today’s rulings are certainly welcome news and a victory for religious freedom. We continue to pray for a successful conclusion to our pending litigation brought on behalf of Wyoming Catholic Charities, St. Joseph’s Children’s Home, Wyoming Catholic College, and St Anthony’s Tri-Parish School.
The Diocese of Cheyenne would like to extend this special invitation to any young adult in their 20’s and 30’s (must by at least 21) to join us on this incredible pilgrimage experience to follow in the footsteps of St. Damian of Molokai and St. Marianne Cope, who dedicated their lives to serving the leper colony in Hawaii.
This pilgrimage experience will include daily Mass at different locations around the Diocese of Honolulu, including at St. Philomena, the church that Fr. Damian established on Kalaupapa (the leper's colony), and Our Lady of Peace Cathedral, which holds the distinction of being the oldest cathedral in continuous use in the United States as well as where Fr. Damian was ordained to the presbyterate on May 21, 1864. A day of retreat and reflection at Kalaupapa where both of these Saints risked their lives to serve those in need.
We will also spend time in prayer, retreat and reflection throughout the week, and truly follow in the foot-steps of the Saints as we spend time in service to those in need, visit their museums and hear from those that were involved in their canonization.
Finally we will have a free day to experience the Island, enjoy a Luau, visit Pearl Harbor and attend Wyoming Cowboys vs University of Hawaii Football Game. Contact Amy Larsen for more information. Download the flyer then register online below...
St. Margaret's Catholic School is now accepting applications for the following full-time teaching vacancies for the upcoming school year:
2nd/3rd Grade Combined Classroom Teacher
WDE/PTSB Certification is required. Successful applicants must have Safe Environment Training and a required Diocesan Backgound Check. Salary is based upon experience Applications can be found on the school website under employment tab. St. Margaret's School 307.856.5922
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St. Joseph's Church in Cheyenne invites you to its first pilgrimage on the October 4-5, 2014.
Two day walk, 40 miles, to Our Lady of Peace Shrine in Pine Bluffs, WY. This invitation is open to the entire state of WYOMING and surrounding areas. The entire family is welcome! Dancers/Matachines are also invited. A walk for peace in the world!
vited. A walk for peace in the world!
If you have a bequest that you've not been able to meet, this is a great opportunity. Get in shape- be prepared to walk the distance bring gear for overnight camping. Accepting donations for expenses & food & water, etc.
CALL and REGISTER: Eva Estorga (Cheyenne)
Regional Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry 307-634-4625
Alberto Enríquez (Gillette)
Director of Hispanic Ministry at St. Matthew's 307-682-3319 ext. 102
Guadalupe Soto (Denver)
coordinator of Cristo y Yo en Denver CO - 303 - 330-1257
Sponsored by: St. Joseph's Church
314 E. 6th Street Cheyenne, WY 82007
Church Email: firstname.lastname@example.org