Your Urgent Action needed to Ensure Health Care Reform Protections

Saving Lives Flyer

Below is a request from the USCCB to act to ensure that moral protections are included in the health care reform bill that is approaching resolution between the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Please do what you can to protect the lives of unborn people people with disabilities and the medical personnel that care for them.

 More information is available at
 The attachments referenced in the request are available by clicking here. They include a Spanish version and bulletin announcements and prayer petitions. The flyer pictured above is also available for download by clicking on it. 

Dear colleagues,

As you are aware, the House and Senate have begun discussing how to meld their respective health care reform bills into a final bill. The bishops continue to advocate that the moral criteria to 1) maintain current conscience protections and prohibition on federal funding for abortions and abortion coverage; 2) provide adequate and affordable coverage for all people, especially the poor and vulnerable; and 3) protect access to coverage and health care for immigrants are met in the final bill.


Bishops Disappointed on Senate Rejection of Health Care Amendment

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a press release regarding the Senate rejection of the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment. The amendment sought to "retain existing abortion funding restrictions and safeguard conscience protections."  Cardinal Francis George, President of the USCCB remains hopeful that "the protections overwhelmingly passed by the House will be incorporated into needed reform legislation."  

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Episcopal Moderator of NCPD and Chair of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, is quoted in the press relase as saying: “Congress needs to separate facts and truth from political rhetoric on abortion funding. Even our opponents claim they do not support federal funding for elective abortions and they want current restrictions to apply. The way to settle this often misleading debate is simply, clearly and explicitly to apply Hyde restrictions to all the federal funds in the legislation. That is what the House did and what the final bill must do. The Senate should not approve this bill in its current form.”

To read the complete statment click here to be taken to the press relase on the USCCB website.


Catholic Social Ministry Gathering and the Diversity Outreach Initiative



NCPD is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG), held each February in Washington, DC.  (Visit for details on the 2010 meeting.)   Our participation affords an opportunity to provide a disability perspective to the social justice issues being addressed at the gathering. 


I invite you to help NCPD staff represent disability concerns at this gathering in one of two ways: 
  • Attend the 2010 CSMG on February 7-10
  •  Encourage a person with a disability from your diocese to participate as part of the Diversity Outreach Initiative described below.

Upcoming Webinar


Access in Catholic Education, Part II: High Schools on February 16, 2010

To register click here.

Catholic schools more perfectly reflect the single flock envisioned by Jesus, our Shepherd, when they welcome and integrate students with disabilities into the total life of the school. In this NCPD webinar, Access in Catholic Education, Part II: High Schools on February 16, 2010, Catholic educators with significant experience at both the school and diocesan levels will share strategies and resources that enable Catholic schools to become successful, inclusive communities.

For downloadable PDF flyer
click here.


NCPD Statement on Health Care Reform Bill


NCPD Applauds Pro-Life Protections in H.R. 3962
and Opposes their Omission from
the Reed Substitute for H.R. 3590;
Seeks Assurances for Persons with Disabilities.


            The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) applauds the 240 members of Congress who supported The Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the US House of Representatives’ Health Care Reform proposal (H.R. 3962). This amendment would permanently prevent the funding of abortion within the public option of the plan, consistent with the provisions of the Hyde Amendment. Also consistent with these same provisions, the Stupak-Pitts Amendment would prohibit the use of public funds for premiums paid to private plans that include abortion. Cognizant of an incipient movement toward eugenics in health care public policy, as evidenced by the fact that ninety percent of fetuses with Down Syndrome never are allowed to be born, these protections are welcomed.  ... (more)


Voices of Faith: Communion


Voices of Faith






One Sunday morning when I was serving as Minister of the Cup, a young man approached me, having obvious problems with his balance. When I gave him the Precious Blood I placed one hand on his shoulder to steady him. When Randy gave me back the Cup he also placed one hand on my shoulder and simply stood quietly for a moment. That was a moment of communion. Certainly I was deeply touched as was our community.

Submitted by Sister Anne Fitzpatrick, RSM

 If you woul like to submit your own Voices of Faith story, please click here.



NCPD Launches Voices of Faith

Man with SaxophoneNovember 16, is NCPD's "birthday," the day in 1978 when the Pastoral Statement of US Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities was approved.

To celebrate, we're asking you, our E-News subscribers, to tell us a disability story about yourself or someone you know ... stories of how faith and involvement in the Church has been a part of realizing hopes and dreams.  Or share stories of how someone made a positive difference in your faith life or in the faith life of someone you love who lives with disability.



USCCB Requests ACTION NOW on Health Care Reform

Congress is preparing to vote on the health care reform legislation. The USCCB has concluded that the bills are deficient on "the issues of abortion and conscience, and do not provide adequate health care for immigrants and the poor." In order to forestall the enactment of laws that will have an impact for years to come the USCCB has provided the following resources to be shared in parishes in early November.

How you can help: Share with your pastor and parish staff the following resources and contact Congress.

  1. Bishops have been asked to include a Nationwide Bulletin Insert in every parish bulletin or distributed in pews, or at Church entrances. (Click here for Bulletin)
  2. Pulpit Announcements and Prayer of the Faithful petitions are offered for use. (Click here)
  3. The ad displayed is also available. High-resolution files are available. If needed contact Deirdre McQuade at
    - Click here for a PDF of the USCCB Memo, Bulletin Insert and full page ad.
  4. Contact members of the Senate and Representatives urging them to include pro-life amendments to the bill.

Members can be emailed through the following link, which automatically determines who are your Senators and Representatives.

Members can be contacted by phone at the US Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121

Other contact info can be found at and

See the USCCB for more information. (Click here)


Webinars: Replay Links and Other Resources

To access replay links and other resources from various Webinars, hover on the "Webinar" menu item on the menu bar that is below the NCPD logo at the top of this page, and select the Webinar of interest.

(See the picture to the right.)

The Replay Links and Resources from the Webinar are available at the bottom of each page.


NCPD Releases New Mental Illness Resource Manual to Assist in Preparing for October Mental Illness Awareness Week

Resource ManualIn 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). Since then, advocates for people with mental illness have organized a great variety of events to educate communities about mental illness.  The NCPD Council on Mental Illness is pleased to release its newly developed resource manual, Welcomed and Valued: Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope with People with Mental Illness and Their Families to assist parishes in planning activities to commemorate the week and the Day of Prayer.  The manual is available for free download by clicking here.

For more information on the Mental Illness Awareness Week click here.

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