Bill Text: TX SR566 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Enrolled

Bill Title: Welcoming the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops to the Capitol.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2017-04-04 - Reported enrolled [SR566 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SR566-Enrolled.html
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas takes pleasure in
  welcoming a visiting delegation of 4,000 Catholics and their
  Bishops from the 15 Roman Catholic Dioceses of Texas and in
  saluting the Catholic Ministries of Texas for their service to
  Texans of all walks of life, especially the most vulnerable in
  our state; and
         WHEREAS, The Catholic Bishops of Texas shepherd and serve
  the 8.4 million Catholics in the 15 Dioceses of Texas by
  providing nourishment for their body, soul, and spirit and
  tirelessly advocating for the common good; and
         WHEREAS, Catholic Respect Life programs offer services to
  women facing crisis pregnancies, save the lives of thousands of
  new Texans every year, and provide ongoing assistance for these
  families; and
         WHEREAS, Catholic Charities ministries, present in more
  than 20 locations in Texas, as well as hundreds of parish-based
  social ministries, including the Society of Saint Vincent de
  Paul, extend to persons of all races, religions, and
  socioeconomic backgrounds the healing power of faith, as well as
  tangible assistance, with the goal of helping them reach
  self-sufficiency; and
         WHEREAS, Catholic schools, which emphasize moral
  development, service to others, stewardship, and leadership
  skills, are a valuable source of education, grounded in faith,
  for over 70,000 Texas students; and
         WHEREAS, Catholic religious education programs provide
  religious instruction and formation to more than 384,000
  Catholic children and their parents and families, and they teach
  Catholics to reflect upon the role that each person plays, by
  virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to
  the Gospel; and
         WHEREAS, Catholic Family Life Ministries provide marriage
  preparation and education to engaged couples, support marriage
  enrichment programs, and provide support for families throughout
  Texas in order to strengthen and nurture their relationships; and
         WHEREAS, Catholic chaplains provide pastoral care and
  reaffirm the dignity of those who are incarcerated in our prisons
  and jails; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby extend a warm welcome to the members of the
  Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops delegation on the occasion
  of Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day at the State Capitol and
  ongoing efforts to promote the dignity of all human life from
  conception to natural death and for providing valuable services
  throughout our state, especially to the most vulnerable; and, be
  it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops as an expression of high
  regard from the Texas Senate.
Bettencourt Huffman Uresti
Hinojosa Menéndez Zaffirini
Huffines Schwertner
  Patrick, President of the Senate
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on April 4, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate