You know the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence reads as follows: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Yes, all men and women are created equal. Yes, our Creator has given us unalienable rights. The Declaration lists three: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. He gave more!

These truths need to be celebrated and protected. It is a duty and honor to protect them and promote them. It is fitting that commemorate this day with solemnity and dignity.

We Catholics can add much to this celebration and preservation of these God given endowments. We can offer to our Nation a means to preserve them and uphold them allowing the dignity of each person to be honored and esteemed.

Last week I wrote about the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. These 7 Principles are essential to the teachings of Jesus, are at the core of our faith and serve as the backbone our Declaration of Independence. Yes, its backbone!

They are worth our study. Google, the USCCB webpage are great places to start. CRS & Catholic Charities USA can also provide great resources. I encourage you to check them out. Presevering our freedoms depend on upholding the 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Flocknote is a way for you to connect directly with St. Helen, Holy Spirit, or the diocese through text messages or emails.   You will receive links to video messages, notifications about parish ministries, upcoming events and more. You can choose which flock to join or you may join them all.

To join Holy Spirit’s flock:  There are two ways to join.  Visit our network at and follow the steps to join, or using your cell phone text belong to 845876 and follow the steps.

To join St. Helen’s flock: There are two ways to join. Visit our network at and follow the steps to join, or using your cell phone text helen to 84576 and follow the steps.

To join The Pastoral Center for the Diocese of Gary’s flock:  There are two ways to join. You can visit and follow the sign-up steps. Or, you can text the word GARY to the phone number 84576, which will take you to the sign-up page.  When you sign up, you’ll receive links to video messages from Bishop Hying, notifications about upcoming events and much more.

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