July 2022 Newsletter

 Religious Freedom:  On Monday June 27, the Supreme Court issued their ruling in the case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. The school district is located in Washington State. In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the majority held that the school district violated a coach’s First Amendment free exercise and free speech rights by disciplining the coach for praying at the 50-yard line after games. 

School Choice:  On June 21, 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the state of Maine cannot exclude religious institutions from public funding simply because they are religious. The state of Maine offers tuition assistance to students in rural areas who choose to attend private schools over commuting to far-away public high schools. Students are allowed to select whatever private school they want—as long as it is not a religious school. 

 Federal Agencies - Regulations:  On 30 June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, limiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power to regulate carbon emissions from power plants under f the Clean Air Act (CAA). More broadly, the Court’s decision places a new set of constraints on the EPA's (and other federal agencies) rulemaking authority and officially announces the arrival of the “major questions doctrine.” 


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U.S. Supreme Court Did Not Just Rule On Roe v Wade in June

  The U.S. Supreme Court made significant rulings on religious freedom, school choice and the power of  federal agencies to create regulations, before ending its current session in June. Overturning Roe v Wade was not the only impactful decision. The three court decisions listed below will eventually affect Connecticut.

   Religious Freedom:  On Monday June 27, the Supreme Court issued their ruling in the case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. The school district is located in Washington State. In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the majority held that the school district violated a coach’s First Amendment free exercise and free speech rights by disciplining the coach for praying at the 50-yard line after games. This decision is expected to have an affect on policies established by governments and school districts concerning prayer by employees during work hours. The court held that the constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression do not stop at the schoolhouse gate. Read more on this decision below: 

  School Choice:  On June 21, 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the state of Maine cannot exclude religious institutions from public funding simply because they are religious. The state of Maine offers tuition assistance to students in rural areas who choose to attend private schools over commuting to far-away public high schools. Students are allowed to select whatever private school they want—as long as it is not a religious school. In fact, students have used Maine student aid to attend elite New England prep schools such as Avon Old Farms, the Taft School, and Miss Porter’s. They are even entitled to use Maine student aid to attend private schools outside the country—as long as they aren’t religious. The court ruled that the current Maine program violated the Free Exercise of First Amendment and did not violate the establishment clause. This decision is expected to have a direct affect on many school districts throughout the country. Read more on the decision below:

  Federal Agencies - Regulations:  On 30 June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, limiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power to regulate carbon emissions from power plants under f the Clean Air Act (CAA). More broadly, the Court’s decision places a new set of constraints on EPA (and other federal agencies) rulemaking authority and officially announces the arrival of the “major questions doctrine.” The true affect of this decision goes beyond the climate change regulations the EPA was trying to implement in West Virginia. It opens the door to future court challenges, of what many view as federal agency overreach, in establishing burdensome and expensive regulations not clarified in laws enacted by Congress. The court recognized the ability of agencies to create regulations, but basically asserted that there are limits. Environmentalists are very concerned about the ability for the government to implement regulations concerning climate change. Read more on the decision below:

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Upcoming Events

​Save the Date! Sat. Sept. 17, 2022
Dreaming Together: Forming Disciples for Faith and Justice


The Center for Catholic Education & Formation and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will sponsor a joint conference on Saturday September 17, 2022 at the Omni New Haven at Yale. The theme, Dreaming Together: Forming Disciples for Faith and Justice takes its name from “Let us Dream” by Pope Francis, who encourages us to dream of a better future. The conference will include educational and practical pieces on faith formation topics such as lifelong formation, parent involvement and kerygma, social justice issues, and Catholic social teaching. Attendees will gain skills in integrating social ministry and Catholic social teaching into classroom, parish, and family life.
Early Bird registration begins July 25th. Covid-19 Protocol will be followed as necessary.

Additional details can be found at the Education and Formation Office website.

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 Save the Date! Sat. Sept. 24, 2022 15th Annual Catholic Men's Conference - "God Is With Us"

  •  NORTHWEST CATHOLIC H.S. WEST HARTFORD, CT

    TimeDoors open 7:30 a.m.  -  ending with Vigil Mass

     Get ready!  For a spiritual reflection day with time to experience the camaraderie of your fellow Catholic men.

    Includes: Mass, Eucharist Procession, Adoration, Confession, Speakers
                                      Lunch INCLUDED   It is a full day.