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Catholics care. Catholics vote.

Welcome to autumn! It’s the season of colorful trees, hot apple cider, football, and this year, a presidential election. Since the last presidential election in 2012, there are 16 million new eligible voters, according to Pew Research. Going to the polls can be intimidating for both seasoned and new voters, so here are some frequently asked questions and answers as we all strive to live out our faith – even through politics.

Why should I bother to vote?

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): “Catholics care. Catholics vote.”

5 Ideas to help you unplug now and then

Today’s world demands instant gratification and immediacy. We have been trained to have our availability set permanently to “Contact me now, I’ll respond.” If a friend neglects to answer a message in an acceptable period of time (obviously a maximum of two hours), we are ready to send out a search party to make sure he or she is still breathing. Our time no longer belongs to us. How do we begin to regain control? How can we go about “unplugging”?

Planning your marriage, and the wedding

Wedding planning can seem daunting – keeping things in perspective will help you enjoy the process, the big day and the years that follow.

Recognize the sacrament. The sacraments are distinct and real ways that Jesus enters our lives. The Church seeks to share with you the truth and beauty of what God intends in marriage – enter into your parish’s engagement programs with an open mind and heart. Consider your engagement a time to be students of marriage.

5 ways to be a faithful Catholic consumer

It is hard not to be caught up in today’s consumerist culture that glorifies buying and selling. As Christians, we are called to make proper use of the gifts we have received, to have solidarity with all people and to store up treasure in heaven, rather than on earth. Catholic social teaching informs believers to uphold the dignity of human life and work, even in our attitude toward material goods. Here are five ways to be a faithful Catholic consumer:

Mission at Home

Do you ever wonder how you can make a difference without joining the Peace Corps? Although a mission abroad can be an invaluable experience for those who serve and for the communities who are served, more often than not scheduling, financial resources or personal commitments keep you at home. But you can stay stateside and still make a difference.

The right gift for the right time

From the first date to the honeymoon, gift-giving is a common part of many relationships, and like most relationships, will change over time. Embrace each stage of your relationship by giving meaningful, appropriate, and budget-friendly gifts.

Newly dating: If you’ve been dating for less than a year, you’re probably still getting to know your significant other. Sticking with the classics is a great strategy: flowers, cologne or perfume, a night out on the town, their favorite treat, or a seasonal activity, like a trip to the apple orchard or ice skating.

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