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Published on September 26th, 2014

I. Respect Life Month:  Since 1972, October has been observed as Respect Life month.  The theme this year is “Each of us is a MASTERPIECE of God’s creation!”  Topics focused on this year are:  Healing within Marriage from an Abortion, Children as Commodities?, Poverty and Abortion: a vicious cycle, Solace and Strength and the Sorrow of Miscarriage, and An Adopted Love story, Advanced Medical Directives: planning for your future.  You can find more information on any of these topics at www.usccb.org/respectlife.

II. Month of the Holy Rosary:  The Feast of our Lady of the Rosary is October 7. Traditionally, October is the month when praying the rosary is emphasized. The Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous mysteries of the rosary shed light upon the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the key role of Mary, His mother, in the story of salvation history. Most major world religions are enriched by a mantra type of prayer; the rosary has its origins based in the monastic life of the church and specifically in monks praying the 150 psalms. The rosary (crown of roses) is a humble, practical, powerful means of contemplation. Why not learn more about this devotion during the month of October? Why not pray the rosary individually or as a family during the month of October? Pray the rosary slowly and meditatively.

III. Fall Festival Thanks! It will be a couple of weeks before we know what we netted monetarily, yet we already know that we reaped large dividends in building community from our Fall Festival. It was wonderful experiencing the people of St. Stephen Cathedral parish working together, building community, seeking to serve on that beautiful day that God created for us! There are too many people, out front and personal, and behind the scenes, to mention names, but I would be negligent if I did not publicly thank Deacon Dirck Curry (and Chona Curry) for taking leadership, working with Jim and Donna Duffy, Jackie Gentry, and Ray Thompson, as well as for his many days, weeks and months of planning, phoning, executing, and praying.  Also, thanks to Larry Lyon for his on-going passion for the success of our picnic/festival, especially with the raffles! “Community” happens when people join hands for a cause bigger than themselves! Thank you! Merci! Grazie! Danka!

IV. Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: Born in 1182 to an upper-middle-class family, Francis enjoyed a very privileged world until he was hurt in battle and began to re-assess his life. In prayer, he heard the Lord say, “Rebuild my Church.” He felt the Lord was referring to a dilapidated chapel in the neighborhood. Later, it became clear that the Lord wanted him to renew the people and the life of the Church. Young Francis gave up his father’s business and began to live a life of Gospel simplicity which was the spark that lit a spiritual fire throughout Italy and Europe. He certainly loved all God’s creatures, but there was much more to him than that! He was a man of deep prayer and penance. His life of poverty showed that the things of this world are to be used, not worshiped. Perhaps the Lord is calling you and me not necessarily to embrace volunteer poverty but simplicity of life?!? Why not meditate on the Prayer of St. Francis during the month of October?
Hope and Joy,
Fr. Jerry

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