CCG Summit Gathers Leaders from Across California

Momentum for Action Building
Stand with Children, an Expression of the New Evangelization

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feburary 2, 2012 -- Stand with Children statewide leaders gathered recently at the 4th Annual CCG Leadership Summit in San Francisco to kick off the campaign to reposition marriage in public dialogue. The campaign focuses on the marriage crisis and the need to develop legislation, curricula, and public support to encourage people to marry before having children. Both Archbishop Niederauer and Bishop Cordileone were on hand to provide support and encouragement to the CCG leadership team.

When public officials focus on the imperative of the government promoting marriage, the consequences of redefining it become starkly apparent for the first time. Bill May gave an extensive presentation on the breakdown of marriage and the astounding negative consequences for children. Leaders were thoroughly briefed on the latest statistics and were provided with practical materials that can be used locally to promote, rather than defend marriage. When people see the statistics, the case for promoting marriage is not only positive but compelling. These leaders need your support as they roll out this program in counties throughout California.

Going on the offense to promote marriage is what CCG members and leaders have been preparing for the last 2 years through trainings, seminars, and Faith & Action Circles. As Ned Dolejsi, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, and experienced political consultant Tim Rosales of the Wayne Johnson Agency told the leaders, now is a critical time during the current political year to start reaching out to candidates who will be running in redrawn legislative districts and under a new primary system that will open candidates to more diverse views. They confirmed to the group that our strategy and messages are sound and powerful. Now is the time for action.

The leaders received briefing papers providing an outline for presenting marriage when speaking with candidates or legislators. CCG is providing PowerPoint presentations to the lead co-chairs in participating counties for use as they organize their teams.

Special Lenten Formation Series on the New Evangelization

There was great enthusiasm for the new 6 week Lenten Faith & Action Circle program. It will provide a great opportunity for people to organize Lenten Faith & Action Circles across the country. This will provide participants with insights on the latest thinking of the Church on the New Evangelization and evangelization of culture and fundamental teaching on the centrality of the family that every Catholic should know. These are self directed study and reflection circles that can be organized with a group of friends or as a parish program. They require no training or experience for organizers.

As Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, shared with the leaders, studying the New Evangelization helps us keep the focus that marriage advocacy is not just a movement but an opportunity to bring God's plan for family to each child. And CCGI Chair John Galten exhorted us to do the work necessary to be formed in the latest teaching of the Church so that our efforts would be aligned with the Holy Father and the bishops of the world.

Download the 6 week Lenten curriculum, a step by step guide for getting started, and additional resources. Gather your group and prepare a location and schedule for Lenten meetings. Anyone interested in organizing a circle should contact Kathleen Domingo so CCG can provide support and updates to moderators and can keep track of the number of people and parishes participating.



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