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Bishop Thomas Recieves Claver Prayer

On January 8, 2021, Grand Lady Pam Hunter of the Knights of Peter Claver, along with her grandson, Elijah Hunter, Western States Junior Conference President, presented Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D. with The Claver Prayer. The Knights of Peter Claver were founded on November 7, 1909 in Mobile, Alabama, consisting of seven founders – four Josephite priests and three laymen, all of whom served in Diocese of Mobile, Alabama.

The Claver Prayer was written by Brother Christopher Kiefer of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984. Brother Kiefer, at the time, was Grand Knight of Saints Peter & Paul Council No. 191. The Claver Payer was adopted by the 1984 National Convention in New Orleans. Thank you, Knights of Peter Claver, for your continued support. Special gratitude and New Year’s blessings to all the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver.


January 6, 2021

Bishop George Leo Thomas’ Statement on the Violence at the US Capitol

Dear Friends in Christ:

We join our voices with people of good will everywhere, condemning the violence and lawlessness that unfolded today in Washington, D.C.


Along with my fellow Bishops, I strongly condemn the actions of the misguided protesters and anarchists who breached the Capitol chambers today, wreaking havoc and mayhem while lawmakers debated the certification of the presidential election results.
 

I strongly echo the sentiments of Archbishop José Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who wrote, “This is not who we are as Americans … the peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of this great nation.”

During these pivotal days, when the nation is already under considerable duress, we turn to the Prince of Peace asking Him to guard and guide the United States, and to keep us true to our ideals as “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend George Leo Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas

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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Monsignor Gregory W. Gordon


“Behold the Lamb of God”.

All the prophesies of the old covenant are fulfilled in Christ the Lamb, who alone takes away the sins of the world. May this New Year 2021 be a time of many encounters with Christ the Lamb, ‘beholding him’ in the sacraments, in his word, and in prayer.

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Bishop Thomas Extends Dispensation from the Obligation of Mass

DECREE

Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass
Extension - December 31, 2020 through January 31, 2021

While I have granted permission to begin the reopening of public Masses, due to the ongoing gravity of the present moment and the restrictions being placed on us during the civil reopening plan, I hereby extend the dispensation for all Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas and those Catholics visiting within the geographic boundaries of our Diocese, from the obligation of attending Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation up to and including January 31, 2021.

While we recognize that many are eager to return to Mass in our churches, it remains important for those who are elderly and otherwise at risk to refrain from returning to public Liturgies until it is manifestly safe to do so. For all the faithful, especially those who are sick, at high risk of becoming sick, and their caregivers, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is hereby dispensed.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Revered George L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

Date: December 17, 2020

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December 21, 2020 
The Following is the Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the morality of the use of some anti-Covid-19 vaccines
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December 21, 2020  –  By USCCB Public Affairs Office
Traduzione in lingua spagnola Nota sobre la moralidad del uso de algunas vacunas contra la Covid-19
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December 14, 2020  –  By USCCB Public Affairs Office
U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on the New COVID-19 Vaccines
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Obispos Presidentes de los Comités de Actividades Pro-?Vida y Doctrina abordan las preocupaciones éticas relacionadas a las vacunas contra el COVID-19
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Catholic Conference News

The Diocese of Las Vegas, in conjunction with local Catholic Health Care Ministry and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, shares with you this recent statement of the California Catholic Conference with regard to COVID-19 vaccinations.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops chairs of the Committee on Doctrine and the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, as well as the Catholic Health Association together with respected moral theologians, have found early Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine candidates to be morally acceptable from a Catholic perspective.

We offer this information to the faithful of the Diocese in our commitment to provide regular and accurate information to parishioners and the community in support of morally acceptable, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
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The McCarrick Report: A Tragic Chapter, A Full Accounting
Two years after Pope Francis called for a full accounting of how Theodore McCarrick was able to rise through church ranks and promised to make the report public, the McCarrick Report, issued Nov. 10, is a devastating portrait of personal deception and institutional blindness, of opportunities missed and faith shattered.

At the same time, it is also the story of an unparalleled effort at transparency, revealing a church that is committed to the accountability of its leaders at all levels. Today and in the week ahead, Catholic News Service is examining all aspects of the report. It is also reminding readers of the vulnerability of victims who will suffer further pain as incidents of abuse are brought to light.

https://www.catholicnews.com/mccarrick-report-called-needed-step-toward-accountability-transparency/
https://www.catholicnews.com/fighting-abuse-what-pope-francis-has-done-during-his-pontificate/

Bishop Thomas’ Reflection on Pope Francis’ “Civil Unions” Statement
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Bishops call for an end to the federal death penalty 

By  Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A joint statement from two U.S. bishops who head different committees of the U.S. bishops called for an end to the federal use of the death penalty as "long past time."

"We renew our constant call to President (Donald) Trump and Acting Attorney General (Jeffrey) Rosen: Stop these executions," said the Jan. 11 statement from Archbishops Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

"Following a year where the federal government, for the first time, executed more people than all 50 states combined, there are three more federal executions scheduled this week," the two archbishops said. Federal executions resumed last year after a 17-year reprieve.

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 'Black lives matter!' says Las Vegas bishop in pastoral on racism

By Catholic News Service
LAS VEGAS (CNS) -- The "tragic death" of George Floyd, an African American killed while in the custody of a white police officer, "has torn the scab away from the gaping wound of racism that still infects communities across the globe," said Bishop George L. Thomas of Las Vegas. He made the comments in a pastoral letter, "When Words Fall Short: A Pastoral Letter on Racism," issued June 10. "What is needed in this critical moment is a genuine conversion of heart and a commitment to renew our communities," Bishop Thomas said. "The words of Pope Francis ring true in our hearts: 'Let no one think that this invitation is not meant for him or her.'" Read more.

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