Catholic Connection – December 4, 2018 – Hour 2

  • Description: Vanessa Denha-Garmo fills in for Teresa Tomeo.

+  Intro and News

+  Advent Journal and free video companion series

  • Description: Ascension, the world leader in Faith Formation, has launched a new Advent Journal entitled Rejoice! The Journal features daily Advent Meditations with Mary by Fr. Mark Toups, a popular diocesan priest from Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana where he is currently the Director of Seminarians. “This Journal provides an opportunity for readers to reflect on a new Advent meditation every day and then write their own personal reflection on an adjacent page,” said Carrie Kline, Ascension Project Manager. “This will make what is a very unique Journal a keepsake for many years to come.”
  • Segment Guests:
    • Fr. Mark Toups

      Ordained in 2001, Fr. Mark Toups is a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, where he serves the Diocese as Director of Seminarians. In addition, Fr. Toups works with the Institute for Priestly Formation, specializing in communications, development, and spiritual direction. Fr. Toups has also served as pastor of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Houma, LA and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Thibodaux, LA. He received his Master’s of Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. A college graduate of Nicholls State University, he is a native of Houma, LA.

    • Resources:

+  Advent Journal and free video companion series

  • Description: Fr. Mark Toups continued

+  The CDC's Abortion Surveillance Report

  • Description: Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases its Abortion Surveillance report during the media slump that is Thanksgiving. Regardless, the 2018 report — documenting U.S. abortion data for 2015 — garnered attention from media for a “historic low” of a “total of 638,169 abortions.” There’s just one problem: California, New Hampshire and Maryland all declined to participate, and they potentially represent hundreds of thousands of abortions.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Rachel Busick

      Rachel N. Busick, J.D. serves as Staff Counsel at Americans United for Life, having joined in January 2018. Her work focuses on litigation and defending pro-life laws in the courts, where she works with state legal offices, pro-life healthcare groups, and other allies. She tracks litigation affecting life across the country and files briefs in federal and state courts.

    • Resources:

+  The CDC's Abortion Surveillance Report

  • Description: Rachel Busick continued

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