October 6th: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Respect Life Sunday
Dear Parish Family,
On Respect Life Sunday, today’s psalm extends to us this invitation: “Come, bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us. For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.” The willingness of those in our society to permit the killing of unborn children under the banner of “choice” is rooted in a failure to accord to God the worship due to him, and the obedience which flows from that worship. State sanctioned abortion is nothing else than legalized murder, performed for the convenience of those who do not wish to be burdened with children. Abortion violates the rights of God, who creates human life in his image and likeness, thereby endowing it with an eminent dignity and value. No one but God has the right to take an innocent human life. And , as the Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, S.J. points out, a great evil of abortion is that God is denied the glory he would have received from the love that would have been given to children aborted. In our battle to defend the rights of God and innocent human life, we must turn to Our Lady, who is both Virgin all-pure, and Mother of Christ Our Savior, and our spiritual Mother. Satan’s attack today is directed especially against both virginity and motherhood: against virginity and purity of mind, heart and body, as seen with rampant promiscuity, immodesty, pornography, and assaults on marriage and moral values in general; and against motherhood, especially with the killing of innocent children in the womb. Satan’ was a murderer from the beginning.” The fastest, easiest, and most effective way to overcome the culture of death, and bring about victory with a culture of life, is through devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, by praying her Rosary. Mary leads us to Jesus, the author of all human life; the Immaculate Heart of the Mother is the gateway to the Sacred Heart of her Son, which overflows with love for us. In the Gospel today, the Apostles plead with Jesus, “Increase our faith.” As St. Pope John Paul II teaches in Redemptoris Mater, Mary is the great woman of faith who, on the one hand, is our supreme model in believing, in giving God the worship he deserves, and in that obedience which flows from authentic faith. On the other hand, she is our Advocate and our Mediatrix before God, who intercedes on our behalf and, thereby, obtains for us the graces we need to be faithful followers of her Son, and examples to others in the obedience of faith that God demands of us Let us turn to Mary on this Respect Life Sunday, asking her to mold us into the image of her Son, that we may be examples of true, authentic worship of God as lived in his One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Let us petition the Mother of God to intercede for all the people of our country, that they may come to a knowledge of the true Faith, thereby giving God the worship due to him, being his obedient servants, and respecting human life from conception until natural death. (hprweb.com)
Rosary Coast to Coast—On Sunday, 10/13 the 102nd anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun, we will have a Holy Hour at St. Mary beginning at 3:30 pm. At 4pm we will be praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, uniting with thousands of people in our country who will be praying simultaneously for the healing of our country and its return to holiness, We will conclude with Sunday Vespers. Please join us in prayer even if you cannot be present.
Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in serving on a Safety committee and an Evangelization Committee. The purpose of the Safety Committee would be to make recommendations and plans for future evangelization efforts. Please contact me if you are interested or have questions.
God bless you all!
Sister Maria Inviolata, SMDG