SERVING THOSE IN NEED: CHANGES IN 2019
Holy Family’s Education and Advocacy Committee hosted Holy Family Deacon Al Aulner, and Deacon Marty Smith of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in a discussion after the 10:00 a.m. Mass, 11:10 am, on Sunday, January 13th. The discussion was about the changes occurring all around us: new construction at Siena-Francis; the offices of St. Vincent de Paul now housed in Holy Family’s rectory; multiple new housing units west of the church; and east; and an aging, smaller parish membership. We invite others to share their thoughts about what all this might mean and join in our common effort to serve the homeless and needy people who come to our area for help.
Brent Crampton from Hillside Solutions will give a presentation on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Holy Family after 10 am mass, about 11-11:15 am. His focus will be on sustainable ways to live; how to compost, where trash goes, and other specifics about being good to the environment. All are welcome!
OTOC has action groups on mental health care, environment and sustainability, medicaid reform and fair tax policy, housing and revitalization, immigration and refugees, and predatory lending.. Visit http://www.otoc.org for more information.
- Medicaid Expansion passed on the ballot on Nov. 6, 2018. Over 135,000 signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State’s office in Lincoln, nearly 60% more than the minimum amount of signatures needed to qualify! Medicaid Expansion. Over 50 OTOC volunteers collected at least 3,438 signatures.
- OTOC co-hosted the national Temporary Protective Status (TPS) ‘Journey for Justice Bus Tour.’ About 400 people attended talks, workshops, liturgy and legislative visits. Representative Don Bacon publicly committed to support permanent status TPS immigrants who have been in this country for many years. Some children know no other country.
- 1st Thursday of every month. the Environment and Sustainability Action Team meets at 7 pm, 1st United Methodist. Contact Mayor Stothert about ban the bag ordinance.
- The House/ Church meeting campaign was August 13 – September 16. Joe Higgs led a group discussion at Holy Family.
- Accountability Sessions were held on Sept. 17, with OPPD candidates, and Oct. 22 with candidates for the unicameral.
- OTOC won increased city funding for demolition of dangerous buildings from $325,000 in 2015 to $1.1 million in both 2018 and 2019. There was a backlog of over 700 structures. The City of Omaha agreed to hire all 9 housing inspectors in 2018 and 2019 after only 6 of 9 positions had been filled.
Additional information about OTOC may be found at their website www.OTOC.org.
Parish meetings are held twice a year at Holy Family, in January and May. The next parish meeting will be Sunday, January 27, 2019. Parish meetings are open to the all members of the community. It is the way Holy Family informs all about parish affairs, and the way we make decisions. There is a pot-luck in the Social Hall to celebrate after the meeting. Please come, learn, share your ideas, and participate in the decision-making as you wish.