November 11

remembrance day in Canada

Remembrance Day in Canada

Veterans Day in the United States

Prayer for Veterans may be accessed by clicking here.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

‘What Do You Suggest We Tell Our Children…When They See a Man with a Gun?’

In January, Houston, Texas, with a population of over two million people, will become the largest metro area in the United States to allow those with the proper permits to openly carry their guns in public.

Last Saturday’s shooting rampage in Colorado Springs lends a chilling warning for the people of Houston. Colorado is already an open carry state, and a neighbor had called 911 before the killings began, telling the dispatcher that the shooter was holding a rifle and looked suspicious. Citing the law, the dispatcher explained the gunman was within his rights. Four people, including the gunman, were killed.
Hubs of Human Trafficking

Milwaukee has become “the Harvard of pimp school” and Wisconsin is a hub of human trafficking, an expert has said in the wake of an FBI sting last month in which nine adolescents were rescued from commercial sexual exploitation, meaning Milwaukee is tied with Las Vegas for the third highest number of young people rescued during the FBI raids across the US.

Denver topped the list, with 20 young people rescued, and Detroit was next with 19. Over the past four years, however, Milwaukee has consistently ranked among the top five cities in the nation for the recovery of trafficked adolescents, the FBI said. In 2011, it reported the highest number.

Support the Youth Promise Act

The Youth Promise Act (HR 2197) has recently been reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives and will soon be in the Senate. This important piece of bi-partisan legislation will set up systems in our communities with the support and funding they need to effectively address youth violence issues. Tell your member of the House of Representatives and your Senators that you want this proposed legislation to become law by clicking here.

The Franciscan Action Network held their annual Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Award Celebration at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington on November 5. Fletcher Harper, the Founder and Executive Director of GreenFaith was honored for his leadership in developing innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. The Felician Sisters of North America was a co-sponsor of the award celebration. Sister Maryann Agnes Mueller and Sister Lisa Drove, FSWDC attended the award dinner.

Caption: Sister Lisa Drover, FSWDC, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Sister Maryann Agnes Mueller at the Cardinal McCarrick Award Celebration held at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington.