Catholic Advocacy Sign-up Sunday materials for parishes

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Advocacy To-Do List

Join the Conference’s Email Advocacy Network

Learn the issues

Conduct or participate in a voter registration drive in your parish

Pray about the issues, for the Bishops, the Conference and decision makers

Act on Conference issues by:

Taking action on Virginia Catholic Conference alerts

Writing to legislators on respect life, family and education and social justice issues (See letter writing tips and sample letter)

Calling legislators

Encourage your family, friends and fellow parishioners to join the Virginia Catholic Conference Advocacy Network

Participate in Catholic Advocacy Day (held each January at the Virginia General Assembly)




The Virginia Catholic Conference represents Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge and Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and their two dioceses in public policy matters before the Virginia General Assembly and state agencies. It also supports the federal advocacy efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In addition to staff advocating efforts, the Conference works to stimulate grassroots advocacy by Catholic parishes and parishioners in Virginia via the Conference’s Email Advocacy Network, Catholics in the Capital, and Advocacy Sunday (designed to boost membership in the email advocacy network). In addition, the Conference provides members and legislators the opportunity to come together to pray for the needs of the Commonwealth through its annual Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth.

The Conference supports parishes by:

  • providing resources on Catholic Social Teaching and current public policy issues
  • promoting Conference initiatives through bulletin and pulpit announcements and flyers (look under Resources, right column of this page, for Parish Advocacy Sunday signup materials)
  • cultivating relationships with Parish Liaisons

Many pastors throughout both dioceses have appointed Parish Liaisons to serve as a contact person between the Conference and pastors and parishioners. With guidance from Conference staff, Parish Liaisons learn about current issues and the Bishops’ position as it relates to Church teaching. Liaisons also coordinate with parish leadership to assist and enhance grassroots advocacy, including advocacy tips and methods, for respect life, family and education, and social justice issues.

Please talk with your pastor about the name of your Parish Liaison or ask him to appoint one for your parish.