St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on July 13th, 2012
Thanks to Sr. Therese Francis and to all those who worked with Vacation Bible School last week. All who participated had a great time and learned more about our Catholic faith. Sister is away now for a well-deserved retreat and vacation.
One of the most popular books being purchased, downloaded and read this summer is “Fifty Shades of Grey” an erotic novel (actually a trilogy of novels) written by E. L. James. I have not read the book, nor do I intend to do so, and I hesitate to mention it, lest my criticism inspire others to read it. I refer to this book to offer a word of caution to anyone who might be thinking of picking it up. There are so many more wholesome books that you might take to the beach this summer. Of course, I think each of us should be nourishing our spiritual life by good reading, but there are also good, decent novels which, though not “spiritual,” offer good entertainment. Pornography is a growing problem in our society, and the popularity of the above mentioned novel is an indication that it affects not only men. I invite you to check out this website: http://www.catholicsistas.com/2012/06/07/fifty-shades-of-porn/.
The recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act had no direct effect on the legal challenges to the Health and Human Services Mandate which requires many Church related institutions and programs to provide coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs in employee health plans. Those lawsuits will continue. Regarding the recent high court decision, the US Bishops’ Conference stated that this law is a compromise that has several fundamental flaws with which we disagree as a faith community. The US Bishops will be urging Congress to revisit the issue, not to repeal the law, but to improve and repair it by forbidding the use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions and for plans that cover such abortions, by providing essential conscience protection, and by allowing immigrant workers and their families to purchase health coverage in the new exchanges created by the law. More information is available at www.usccb.org.
Many of you are aware that my mother recently suffered a stroke and is hospitalized in Paducah. She is now in rehab and continues to make slow progress. I want to thank you for your prayers and for the many expressions of concern you have shared with me over the past week. Let us continue to pray for all our relatives and friends who are ill and suffering.
Love, Fr. John