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This is the NEWS page of this website. In reality, however, it serves not so much as a news page as an
announcements page, for it is (at least for now) beyond the scope of this page to act as a newspaper.
Announcements found on this page will likely be of general interest to chapter members, and likely to
others as well. Indeed, in some cases, they will be of interest even after the date of the event or
announcement (and the About Us page, there is a Photo Gallery Index where may be found photos from an
event of interest, even after it no longer appears in the News Flashes column on the Home page); and
when deemed to do so, they will be moved to a page that will serve as an archive of
such articles retired from this NEWS page: to go there, click
HOMECOMING 2016New here: November 2016
On Sunday, November 20, 2016, chapter held its annual Homecoming; to see a copy of the flyer on the event, click here; and to see a page of photos from the event, click here.
CHAPTER DECORATIVE BANNERNew here: October 2016
In October 2016, the chapter posted (see link below) a copy of its updated decorative banner, featuring Our Lady (or in Spanish: Nuestra Senora). It is based on the original name of the chapter's home city (Los Angeles) founded on the banks of a river, the original name of which was the Porciuncula River (named in turn after an area near Assisi, Italy, made famous by St. Francis). The full name of the city (town) was El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles sorbre el Rio de la Porciuncula (or in English: the town of the Queen of the Angels on the River Porciuncula). Click here to see it; and click here to see the commemorative placque posted near the site of the original settlement, in downtown Los Angeles.
50 YEARS A PRIESTNew: June 2016
Event: Indefinite (notes an anniversary)
In June 2016, the chapter held a celebration to mark the 50 years that Fr. Kevin Steen has been a priest. Click for the photo page on the celebration (and more about his 50 years as a priest).
SUPREME COURT DECISION ON GAY MARRIAGENew: June 2015
A decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2015 holds that marriage is a Constitutional right under the U.S. Constitution and that no State can deny it on the basis that a given marriage will a same-sex union. Justice Anthony Kennedy concludes his opinion for the majority of the Court with a beautiful summary of the insights that led to the Court's decision, as follows:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say that they disresepct the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in lonliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution gives them that right.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
IRS Rules on Charitable DeductionsNew: 2007 (and revised periodically since)
The IRS has updated its rules as to deductions for cash gifts (including by check) to charitable organizations, such as Dignity. A gift is deductible only if the taxpayer has in hand a receipt (when the tax return claiming a deduction is filed), regardless of the amount; but your cancelled check can serve as a receipt. For any gift of $250 or more, one must have an acknowledgement of the gift from the donee; but this may be one for each gift of $250 (or more) or an overall one listing all such gifts for the year, showing date and amount of each and the total of gifts for the year. The chapter each year acknowledges the total of verified gifts made by an individual when the total for the year is $250 (or more), specifying the date and amount of each gift and the total for the year. Gifts given in any unverifiable manner (such as loose cash in the collection basket at a liturgy) cannot be included. Those who want the ability to deduct their donations should consider the annual pledge drive as the way to donate and to then satisfy the pledge by check(s), so that the chapter can easily compute a verifiable total and acknowledge the total and each gift, promptly at the end of the tax year (in time for the tax-return season) and meeting IRS rules.
for the record-keeping rules (see Publication 526), including for cash gifts (see pp. 17-18) and the
special rules for non-cash gifts (see pp 18-19), out-of-pocket expenses (see p. 19), and reporting gifts
on your tax return (see p. 19-20).
Pastoral CareEvent of enduring significance for sure:
At a biennial national convention in July 2007 in Austin, Texas, DignityUSA issued its Guidelines
on the Pastoral Care of GLBT People; click
to read them.
UN DeclarationEvent: December 2008
Prop 8 OppositionEvent: Nov. 4, 2008, Election
California voters rejected Prop 8 to limit marriage
to one between a man and a woman. A gay Fresno priest had opposed Prop 8 from the pulpit.
re a press conference at Dignity/LA on him. Click
for the chapter Press Release on Prop 8.
Anniversary Dinner 2008Event: Oct. 11, 2008
The chapter's 39th Anniversary Dinner was held on Sat, Oct 11, 2008. The Guest
Speaker was Tony Sweet, a musician-gospel singer; and the annual Archangel award was given to
long-time member Pedro; and the annual community charity award (in the amount of $1,000)
was given to the Serra Project (with its Executive Director Terry Goddard II accepting the
award for the Serra Project). Watch the About Us page for the posting of photos of the event.
Art Exhibit 2008Event: June 21-22, 2008
Petition to PopeEvent: April 25-20, 2008
Lay Convocation of southern CaliforniaEvent: March 29, 2008
A Lay Convocation was held for southern California on March 29, 2008, at the St. Joseph Center in
Orange, California. It was a Calling Together of the Laity.
Its purpose was to focus our attention on the participation and responsibilities of the laity in the
Catholic Church, reflecting on the gifts received, the hurts endured, and the desire to respond
to the needs of the Church. The objectives were to inspire hope for the future of the Church and
a commitment to action. The oligations and rights of the laity, as articulated in the documents
Second Vatican Council
(1963-65) and in
were addressed. All were welcome.
Results of Officers Election (2008)Event: February 2008
Each year in February, the chapter conducts its annual Election of officers. In the February
2008 election, the results are: Jason Craig, President; Saul Farias, Vice-President; Steve
secretary; and Michael Rademacher, treasurer. The President will now nominate (for
membership approval at the General Meeting held in March) the chairpersons who will be the
remaining members of the Board in the new Administration.
New IRS Regulation on Charitable DeductionsNew: 2006 Event: Indefinite
See the entry re the newer regulation in 2007.
Meeting of U.S. Bishops On GLBT IssuesEvents: November 2006 & July 2007 The Catholic Bishops of the United States met in mid-November 2006, in Washington, D.C. An item on the agenda was approval of a major statement on the pastoral care of GLBT persons. Since it was largely unfavorable, Dignity/USA issued a critical press release (that got good press coverage in the general media) and organized a protest for the time of the meeting. Unfortunately, the statement was approved anyway; and subsequently, in July 2007, Dignity/USA issued its own Guidelines on the pastoral care of GLBTs.
VOTF Calls for Bishops to be AccountableUp: 2010 Read VOTF demand that Catholic bishops be more accountable.
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