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Women invited to ‘Catholics at the Capitol’

LINCOLN (SNR) – Women of the Diocese of Lincoln are invited to join the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) for ‘Catholics at the Capitol.’

Catholics at the Capitol is an event that grew out of a yearly gathering of the Diocesan Councils of Catholic Women with the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters at the state capitol, to learn about legislative issues. Two years ago, the event opened to the public and became a sponsored activity of the Nebraska Catholic Conference.

Catholics at the Capitol is a “legislative day” for Catholics to gather together, learn about important legislative issues, listen to a keynote speaker, and visit with state senators. One or more of Nebraska’s bishops attend.

Catholics at the Capitol will take place Tuesday, March 21, in the basement of St. Mary Church, 1420 K St., Lincoln—across the street to the north of the capitol. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and coffee and donuts will be served. The program begins at 9 a.m. and continues until the 12:10 p.m. Mass at St. Mary.

Keynote speakers will be Lt. Governor Mike Foley and former Senator Tony Fulton. Attendees may visit the capitol, where during a legislative recess, they may have the opportunity to visit with their senators. ‘Catholics at the Capitol’ will witness floor discussion. A Nebraska Catholic Conference representative will identify current bills of greatest concern to Catholics.

After the 12:10 p.m. Mass in St. Mary Church, women and priests are invited to attend a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion, hosted by the LDCCW, the diocesan organization which unites Parish Councils of Catholic Women in seeking to serve God through works of mercy. To attend, luncheon reservations and payment of $20 must be made by March 13 to Teresa Koch, 812 W. Walnut Rd. Odell, NE 68415. A tour of the Governor’s Mansion will be held after the luncheon.

The last scheduled event of the day will be praying a rosary for life outside Planned Parenthood in Lincoln at 5631 S. 48th St., for the end to legalized abortion on demand, and for the victims of abortion.

“Catholics at the Capitol is a great opportunity,” said LDCCW president-elect Kay Wessel of Sacred Heart Parish in Crete, “to better understand the legislative process, analyze current and proposed law and promote activities that will bring about greater social and economic justice in our society at the local, state and national levels.”

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