Statements and Documents

Bishop Paul Swain’s Statements and Documents

Red Mass Homily June 21, 2018

Thank you for being with us as we celebrate this Red Mass at which we pray in a special way for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for those who serve in public office and those who make possible our legal system which is so essential to stability in society.

A Statement from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB

Cardinal DiNardo’s statement was endorsed by acclamation by bishops attending the spring USCCB meeting. June 13, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL—”At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life. The Attorney General’s recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women […]

2018 Chrism Mass Homily

Thank you for praying and celebrating this Holy Mass of Chrism with us. May I especially welcome and express appreciation to the deacons and religious who serve the Church and people so well in pastoral ministry and as witnesses of faith. Thank you also to the lay men and women present here today and those […]

Statements on Immigration

In light of recent debate in Congress and efforts by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services to raise awareness to the DACA measure, I am posting two statements regarding immigration which I issued previously.  In disseminating them once again, I am fully reiterating my pastoral call for Congress to address the DACA program and to […]

Mass for Life Homily

Mass for Life, March for Life

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Today we come together to pray on the 45th anniversary of the decision by the United States Supreme Court to sanction abortion basically at any time and for basically any reason. It is a flawed sense of freedom. Saint John Paul II taught us that […]

2017 White Mass Homily

Thank you for being with us today as we celebrate this “White Mass’ where we recognize, honor and pray for all those in the healing ministry of health care, Catholic and not. It is named the White Mass because of the tradition of wearing white garments, although that is less common these days. We priests […]

2017 Blue Mass Homily

Today we gather in what has traditionally been called the Blue Mass to honor and pray in thanksgiving for all those, Catholic or not, who protect us and serve us in law enforcement and public safety professions, paid and volunteer, and their support staffs. They include first responders in emergencies and those who day-in and day-out, […]