Author Archives: Shannon Kilbridge

Act Now! Tell the Federal Government to Do No Harm to Catholic Health Care Ministries

The Church’s ministries of healing, education, and social services bear witness to Jesus Christ and build up the common good. Church institutions are not mere providers of so-cial services. They are expressions of Christian ministry dedicated to human flourishing. We serve all people, without regard to race, sex, religion, or any other status, because God has imbued every person with inherent human dignity. Most Americans understand that mission-driven organizations should be free to operate in accordance with their missions. But a recent rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser-vices (HHS) would prevent Catholic hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, and health care workers from carrying out their work. HHS needs to hear your opinion by October 3rd! Click here to read the full statement and visit to learn more.

Respect Life and White Mass

This year Bishop Matano will celebrate the Respect Life Sunday and White Mass together on October 1, 2022 at Sacred Heart Cathedral at the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. Please join us as we honor life, all those who have worked so hard in support of life this year, and especially those who are in healthcare. The experience of the pandemic continues to impact our diocese, and we would love to honor those who have dedicated their lives to serving those in need through this trying time.

“Catholic Bioethics, Common Sense, and Emotional Pregnancy Cases in a Post-Roe World.”

Join the St. Bernard’s community, either in-person or virtually, on August 30, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., as we celebrate the launch of the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Bioethics! We are thrilled to feature three renowned speakers reflecting upon different dimensions of Catholic Bioethics:

Key Note Speaker: Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., Education Director at The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Jean Baric-Parker, D. Be., Program Director of St. Bernard’s Graduate Certificate in Catholic Bioethics
Peter J. Colosi, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Philosophy, Salve Regina University; Adjunct Faculty, St. Bernard’s

All three speakers have played an essential role in the development of St. Bernard’s new Graduate Certificate; the evening will also feature more information about this initiative! Fr. Tad will be giving the evening’s keynote talk on, “Catholic Bioethics, Common Sense, and Emotional Pregnancy Cases in a Post-Roe World.”

Click here to view the flyer, Visit St. Bernard’s website for more information and the register

Celebrate NFP Awareness Week July 24-30, 2022

An Introductory Session of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) will be presented at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday, July 30th at 11:30 am in the parish hall. The presentation is free, and registration is not required. For more information about the CrMS please go to or or contact Anne Olek at 585-310-8305

Bishop Chairmen Plead for Peace as Attacks on Pro-Life Organizations Mount

In response to ongoing attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Religious Liberty and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:

Bishop Chairmen Respond to Senate Vote on Abortion on Demand Bill

Following the failure of the Abortion on Demand Bill, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, issued the following statement: