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Pastor’s Corner

Fr. Joe’s Weekly Letter to Parishioners

October 14, 2018

I encourage you, once again, in this the month of October to pray to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother. As you do, consider another aspect of the month of October that the Church holds out to us: Respect for Life month.

Over the past few weeks we have made available flyers on various aspects of life issues. The first was a beautiful reflection entitled “A Perfect Gift”. This essay spoke about the gift of a family’s son with Down syndrome. This wonderful little boy lived a good life. I hope you had a chance to read it. We still have copies available in church.

The second flyer spoke about caring for loved ones at the end of life. There are ten helpful suggestions to use as a beloved person nears death and the end of earthly life: invite God in, listen, be steadfast in compassion, reminisce are just a few of the things mentioned. These along with others can be helpful to us all at the time of a person’s death. I hope that you had a chance to read about this important life issue.

The third flyer is available this weekend. It is called “Bridges of Mercy for Healing after Abortion”. This meditation calls us to be aware of the trauma that can take place after an abortion. There is much to consider and many ways that we can assist and be present to a woman who experiences this trauma.
Look for the other flyers available over the next few weeks.

Life is a very precious gift given to us freely and without our earning it. May we value life more and more each day. May we see God the author of all life as Gracious Who wants only what is good for all people. Be sure to acknowledge the wonder of life in someone today.

Fr. Joe

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