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(Photo by Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns)

A parish team registered voters at St. Mary’s Cathedral Sept. 4 where the Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of Mother Teresa was celebrated.

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Registering Catholics to vote
September 20th, 2016

Parish teams are registering voters at a number of parishes around the archdiocese before the Nov. 8 election, said Lorena Melgarejo of the Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns.

“In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation,” state the U.S. bishops, in their teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” The bishops state, “The obligation to participate in political life is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do.”

Parishes which have parish teams helping register voters are: Mission Dolores, St. Peter, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Paul of the Shipwreck, St. Mary’s Cathedral and Corpus Christi in San Francisco; All Souls, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Holy Angels, St. Bruno, St. Matthew, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Bartholomew, St. Timothy, St. Anthony’s in Menlo Park, St. Francis of Assisi in East Palo Alto in San Mateo County.

The Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns hopes more parishes will join the effort, Melgarejo said, saying her office is happy to help with logistics.

In California, the last day to register to vote is Oct. 24. Online registration is also available at

For more on the call for Catholics to participate in the political life of their country and what ballot propositions are supported by the California bishops, see front, page 10 of this issue.

From September 22, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

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