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10/1/2017 – Message from Father Jim

October – Mary’s Month

1) October (along with the month of May) has traditionally been a month to honor our Blessed Mother in a special way. This coming Saturday, October 7th, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This prayer is at the heart of our Catholic faith because it helps us meditate on the Joyful Mysteries, the Luminous Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary. The rosary reminds us that Mary is closely associated as co-worker with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power. She loves and cares for us as Mother. I would like to suggest that we make an extra effort this month to pray the rosary reflecting on these beautiful mysteries of our faith. Praying the rosary every day is a wonderful chance not only to meditate on these mysteries but also brings some peaceful moments during the course of a busy day.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

2) Today is also Respect Life Sunday. Each year our country’s bishops ask us to set a Sunday aside to address the issues regarding our respect for life. This is done to remind us of the many forms of violence in our society that are a threat to life: disrespect for the lives and rights of elderly people, the poor, prisoners – and especially the violence of this year that will destroy the lives of a million and a half of society’s weakest and most defenseless members: the unborn. It is important for us not to forget those who have no choice or voice when it comes to their life. Today is an appropriate day for us to reflect on what it is we are doing as Catholics to promote a greater respect for life.

As Pro-Life people we must protect that sanctity of life both in the womb and outside of the womb. A Pro-Life stance has to be a stance that protects the sanctity of life from the womb to the tomb. This is the type of Respect for Life that we are called on to demonstrate in our communities, a respect for that most precious gift that our Lord shares so freely with us.

Lord, our God,
You have called us to defend life in all its forms
from the unborn to the elderly in our society.
May we always have the strength and the courage
to speak out against those things that
degrade life in any way.
May we always uphold the fundamental dignity
and equality of every human being. Amen.

God bless you always!
Fr. Jim Volkert

Message from Father Jim – 10/5/2014

October – Mary’s Month

October (along with the month of May) has traditionally been a month to honor our Blessed Mother in a special way.  This Tuesday, October 7th, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  This prayer is at the heart of our Catholic faith because it helps us meditate on the Joyful Mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, the Sorrowful Mysteries and the Glorious Mysteries in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  The rosary reminds us that Mary is closely associated as co-worker with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.  She loves and cares for us as Mother.  I would like to suggest that we make an extra effort this month to pray the rosary reflecting on these beautiful mysteries of our faith.

I hope that as many of you as possible are taking the opportunity to participate in the rosary novena presented by Archbishop Listecki.   The Archbishop is asking us to pray together for peace and the family, to pray for human life, to pray for marriage and for religious freedom. For 54 days, we will join a national rosary novena, from Sept. 29 through Nov. 21. We are invited during this period to pray the rosary every day. This powerful personal prayer can be said privately or as a family or in community. It can be prayed at home, in transit or in the parish. The first 27 days we make our petitions and the final 27 days we will offer our thanksgiving. Imagine the power of our collective prayer. Our prayer gives us strength and comfort, especially when we place ourselves in the care of Mary our mother.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

God bless you always!
Fr. Jim Volkert