New Orleans, Louisiana -- Imagine what would happen if, beginning
on September 8, 2012, right up through the November presidential
election, a steady flow of thousands of blue envelopes with
letters expressing opposition to the HHS mandate arrived in the
halls of Congress and the US Senate.
A group of
Regnum Christi women in Louisiana are organizing just such an
effort in the hopes of reversing the decision by the
US Department of Health and Human Service to mandate that
all residents and businesses, regardless of their religious beliefs, fund
health insurance that includes coverage for contraception and abortifacient drugs.
Called America Code Blue, the effort has been supported
by the New Orleans Archbishop and involves of parishes, schools,
and other Christian churches in Louisiana, and is spreading across
Other Regnum Christi members have
been encouraged to join in. The National Director
of Regnum Christi Support, Kerrie Rivard, recently sent a note
to RC section heads, asking members of our movement to
“take a look at the (America Code Blue) website, send
this out to all members, spread the word in your
local area and networks, give your prayerful support, and consider
The website http://americacodeblue.com/ explains how the campaign
was started by “a group of dedicated women of faith.
We love our Church, practice our faith, and are committed
to living fulfilled lives. We also love our country and
are concerned about preserving the freedoms our founding fathers established.”
One of the groups’ organizers, Sally Steger, said the campaign
is in answer to the call from US bishops asking
the laity to get involved. It is a
“grassroots” effort “timed to have maximum impact on Congress” before
the November 2012 elections.
The target mailing dates are
September 8–15, 2012, (though letters can be mailed anytime before
the November election.) September 8 is the date
that recognizes the birth of Our Blessed Mother, and the
RC women who founded this campaign believe they were inspired
by Mary to do this.
“I really believe the Blessed
Mother wanted us to do this and under her care
and her blue mantle....we are asking for her guidance every
step of the way,” said Sally.
She said her RC
team had been “doubling our adoration hours every week for
our country and the coming elections.” She said during adoration,
the idea for the campaign kept coming to her.
idea was to flood Congress and the Senate with blue
envelopes and hard copy letters!” said Sally. “If everyone mails
their letters around the same time....it will have a huge
“Emails can easily be ignored and no one really
sees it,” she said. “Hard copy colored envelopes will get
the attention of postal workers, office workers and hopefully media.
It will force media and our congressmen to acknowledge that
the silent majority is not silent anymore.”
After the adoration
experience, Sally and some other RC women began talking, and
they called a meeting asking anyone in their section in
the New Orleans, Louisiana area, who would like to be
involved to join them.
Group members Libby Tittle and
Mary Langlois wrote the form letter to be used in
the mailing, and “we all tweaked it,” explained Sally.
the help of a local pastor, the idea was presented
to the New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, who posted
it on his weekly diocesan communication to pastors.
“The Archbishop called it an excellent plan and asked
us to send a packet of information to every pastor
in New Orleans,” said Sally.
The group has 35
parishes on board at present, and has collected about 9,000
signed letters so far.
“We have 20,000 envelopes ready
to go, and we will likely order more,” said Sally.
America Code Blue has already organized
three “Liberty Masses” in the New Orleans diocese, using readings
recommended by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well
as special holy hours.
“We plan on having 2
or 3 more,” said Sally. “We really want to get
the word out nationally via our website.”
The website, created
by Julie Ungarino, provides information about how to get involved,
including an easy to follow plan and information on obtaining
blue envelopes in bulk online. Small teams of
citizens are asked to disseminate the prepared form letters to
their own churches, service groups, and clubs. These teams provide
materials, collect signatures, and do the actual bulk mailings. The campaign can be adapted to implement at sporting
events, conventions, county fairs, farmers’ markets, and even for a
Sally said that said the campaign is catching
fire beyond RC, and even beyond the Catholic Church.
“One of our members, Lauren Lagarde, brought the idea to
a Protestant rally held in Dallas. We also
called on some Rabbis. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm
with which it is being received. We know of several
cities and states already circulating the idea among the faithful.”
“It is very exciting to see how many people are
so grateful to just be doing something!” said Sally. “If this fails...at least we can say we went