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OCTOBER IS RESPECT LIFE MONTH
A LETTER FROM BISHOP BARBARITO
Respect Life Sunday this year coincides with the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is a fitting patron for us in regard to his respect for all of God’s creation of which the culmination is the human person made in His image and likeness. Respect Life Sunday also falls during the year of the 25th anniversary of the encyclical of Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, The Gospel of Life. He gave us this great gift on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, March 25, 1995. Indeed, through Mary’s yes to God’s will, the Son of God became incarnate in her womb at the moment of conception. More…..
October is Respect Life Month, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued a statement encouraging Catholics to allow “the Gospel of Christ to touch and transform our own hearts and the decisions we make.” More….
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Every First Friday
8:30 AM – Eucharistic Adoration
11:00 AM – Respect Life Rosary & Divine Mercy Worship
12:00 Noon – Benediction
Every First Saturday
8:30 AM – Respect Life Rosary
OCTOBER IS THE MONTH OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.
“If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary. Early tradition attributes the defeat of the Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213 to the Rosary. But even those who do not accept this tradition will admit that St. Pius V attributed the great defeat of the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October, 1571, to the fact that at the same time the Rosary confraternities at Rome and elsewhere were holding their processions. Accordingly, he ordered a commemoration of the Rosary to be made on that day. Two years later, Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain. A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.
“Today, when dangers far greater than those of the ancient Turks threaten not only Christianity but all civilization, we are urged by our Blessed Mother to turn again to the Rosary for help. If men in sufficient numbers do this, and at the same time carry out the other conditions that she has laid down, we have the greater reason for confidence that we will be delivered from our dangers.” —
God loves each human life from the instant of his or her conception and entrusts this gift to the protection of a mother and father. Abortion ends the life of a child and offends God. It also deeply wounds the women and men involved. (USCCB)
“This past January, I shared with Pope Francis that the bishops of the United States had been criticized by some for identifying the protection of the unborn as a preeminent priority. The Holy Father expressed his support for our efforts observing that if we fail to protect life, no other rights matter.”
Archbishop Naumann, Chairman
USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities
In 2015, a series of undercover videos showed officials of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) discussing how they perform abortions and traffic in the tissues and organs of abortion victims. The officials’ matter-of-fact comments on destroying unborn human life, and on altering abortion methods to obtain more “intact” organs, led to a public debate on Planned Parenthood’s role as a “women’s health” organization receiving large government subsidies. That debate intensified in 2019
with release of the film Unplanned, based on a memoir of the same name by former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson.
- PPFA is by far the largest abortion provider in the U.S.
- Every Planned Parenthood affiliate must perform abortions
- Planned Parenthood provides 25 times more abortions than birth-oriented services or referrals
- Planned Parenthood promotes risky RU-486 abortions that have killed young women
- Planned Parenthood fights even modest laws to reduce or regulate abortions
- Planned Parenthood doesn’t believe in a “right to choose” against abortion
- Planned Parenthood is not “pro-choice” for women
- Planned Parenthood’s role in serving women’s health is compromised at best, and is better taken over by others
- “Nonprofit” Planned Parenthood reaps enormous revenues, including tax revenues.
- Even as Planned Parenthood’s government funding has increased, the number of medical services it provides has decreased—but not abortions.
- Planned Parenthood promotes risky “emergency contraception” to minors
- Planned Parenthood has promoted abortions worldwide, even where it is illegal