A Message from Monsignor Jay…
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
As we enter into the Season of Ordinary Time (only six weeks to Lent), we are reminded that this is the time for extraordinary living and action by the grace of God. In Sunday’s first reading, Isaiah announces that God calls us to be “a light to the nations” that reveals God’s salvation to the ends of the earth. In the history of the church, there are many examples of those who enlightened the world in Christ’s Name by the witness and gift of their lives, teaching the truth, the values, the hope, and the beauty of our faith. Over the next five Sundays, we will reflect upon the need for us to be a light, how we can be a light to the nations, and the challenges that keep us from letting our light be “visibly bright” in our world.
Forty-seven years ago this Wednesday, January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court rendered its Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in our nation. It took about fifty years of lobbying politicians and advocacy to change our nation’s heart regarding the need to protect and cherish the dignity and sacredness of a child in his or her mother’s womb. Since that time people of all faiths have worked and prayed hard to turn our country’s heart back to a respect for human life in all its stages and conditions. Much has been accomplished, but much more needs to be done to establish our nation as a “nation under God with liberty and justice for all, born and unborn.” This is one dimension of our culture that needs us to be the light of faith revealing the sanctity of human life and the hope that each person brings to the world. Our bishops have designated January 22 as a Day of Prayer for the Protection of Unborn Children. Our 8:30 am Mass that day will be a Mass of Thanksgiving to God for the Gift of Human Life. If you can, please attend this Mass. You can also pray a Rosary for Life in your home that day and fast in penance for those who have promoted abortion in our country. It is also important that we pray for those men and women who have had abortions that Christ the Healer may enfold them in the mantle of his love and healing forgiving power.
This Friday, January 24, 2020, the Annual March for Life will take place in Washington, D.C. This is a multi-generational nationwide rally and march dedicated to the conversion of our country’s heart so that our government leaders will enact new laws to protect the unborn and uphold the dignity and sacredness of every human person. We have bus transportation to the March, and Fr. Matt will be leading a delegation of our parish youth to a Mass, a Rally for Life, and the March earlier that day. Be sure to reserve your spot on the bus. Let your witness to life enlighten our nation’s way to respect and cherish God’s gift of human life. If you are not able to attend the March, be in solidarity with the marchers by fasting for them, attending mass, and praying with family and friends at home or during lunch at your workplace. God calls us to be the light our nation needs to see and cherish each person’s life.
May God’s Peace be Yours,
May God’s Peace be Yours,