UP Catholic 10 28 2016 E Edition Page 29

www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC October 28, 2016 29 On Priesthood Sunday, we thank all of our priests, as well as our pastoral coordinators and parishes for their patronage of our diocesan newspaper. Through your "full coverage" support, we have delivered the Good News of the risen Christ to nearly every Catholic home in our great diocese for over 18 years! From the Staff of With the Nov. 8 election approaching, the Knights of Columbus have released a novena addressed to Mary, the Immaculate Con- ception, who is the patroness of the United States. The novena consists of nine days of prayer, starting Oct. 30 and running through Nov. 7, the eve of the election. America's first bishop, John Carroll, entrusted his diocese - which was the entire country at the time - to Mary in 1791. The U.S. bishops affirmed that dedication in 1846, declaring Mary the Immaculate Conception to be patroness of the United States. The novena prayer comes from the 1959 dedication of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience, said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson. Pope Francis has said in reference to the U.S. election that we should study the proposals well, pray and choose with your conscience, and this novena is designed to help Catholic Americans do that. NOVENA TO MARY, PATRONESS OF THE U.S. Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority. Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our presi- dent and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the interces- sion of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners on all who are in need. Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen. A pre-election novena to Mary, patroness to the U.S. COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR BIOETHICS AND CULTURE NETWORK Stephanie Packer talks about facing terminal illness after assisted suicide passed in her state. The full 15 minute documentary, "Compassion and Choice DENIED," is online at https://youtu.be/S4z7GWP7EG8 (CNA/EWTN News) - Stephanie Packer cherishes every moment with her husband and four children. Living with a terminal illness in Orange, California, her goal is to do everything I can to have one more second with my kids. When assisted suicide legislation was officially passed in Calif. in 2016, Packer experienced the ultimate slap in the face: her insurance company denied the coverage of critical chemotherapy treatment that her doctors recommended for her condition. Her insurance would, however, cover end-of- life drugs for just $1.20. It was like someone had just hit me in the gut, said Packer, who shared her story in the new documentary, Compassion and Choice DENIED. Produced by the Center for Bioethics and Cul- ture Network, the documentary details Packers experience of living with a terminal illness in an age where assisted suicide is cheaper than the ight for life. Particularly concerning: the insurance com- pany had initially suggested that they would cover the chemotherapy drugs. It was one week after assisted suicide was legalized that they sent Packer a letter saying they were denying cover- age. Despite multiple appeals, they continued to refuse. As soon as this law was passed, patients ighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheap- est option it's hard to financially fight, Packer said in the documentary. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in a hand- ful of states, and is on the ballot for voters in Colorado this fall. The push to legalize assisted suicide has gained momentum since the high profile suicide of cancer patient Brittany May- nard in 2014. Many prominent Catholic leaders, such as Pope Francis, have spoken out against assisted suicide, calling it false compassion. Los Ange- les Archbishop Jose Gomez has said that assist- ed suicide represents a failure of solidarity and abandons the most vulnerable in society. We can start to fix our broken health care system, and people will start to live instead of feeling like they have to choose to die. Learn more at http://www.cbc-network.org. Insurance denies chemo treatment, covers suicide drugs

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