I. Every Life is Worth Living is the theme to Respect Life Month this October! Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for 100 years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s unconditional love. Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in more perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility, and walk together in times of suffering. An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl who’s diagnosis indicates she may not live very long; a little boy with Down syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer: each may have great difficulties and need assistance, but each of their lives is a good and perfect gift. Experiencing suffering, or watching another suffer, is one of the hardest human experiences. But, we are not alone. Christ experienced suffering more deeply than we can comprehend, and our own suffering can be meaningful when we unite it with His. Jesus is with us every step of the way, giving us the grace we need. God invites us to embrace the lives we have been given, for as long as they are given. Every life is worth living!
II. Month of the Holy Rosary: The Feast of our Lady of the Rosary is October 7. Traditionally October is the month when the devotion of 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 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, meditatively.
III. LIFE CHAIN: On this Respect Life Sunday, October 4, at 2:30PM, Cathedral parishioners have been assigned the northwest corner of Frederica Street and Parrish Avenue to join others throughout the city and beyond to stand up for LIFE. Signs will be available. You may wish to bring a chair to sit in. We will meet in the Cathedral parking lot and walk to our spot. Why not be a strong link in this fragile Life Chain?
IV. Mandeville Mission Trip: Early Sunday morning, October 11, Deacon Dirck Curry, Donna and Jim Duffy, Mark Heinz, Laurie Hicks, Donna and Richard Murphy, Janet and John Colgan, and I will begin a week’s journey to Mandeville, Jamaica, one of the poorest dioceses in the Western Hemisphere. The Owensboro Diocese partnered/sistered with the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica almost 25 years ago; since then, every parish throughout our Diocese has collected monies on Ash Wednesday for our sisters and brothers in this very poor section of the world. I ask your prayers for us and for the fruitfulness of our Mission Trip.
V. Church Woodwork: Juan Antonio Medina from Granda in Spain, along with two workers, arrived in Owensboro on September 22 to replace the woodwork in our Restoration and Renewal Project. The new woodwork was shipped from Spain and was to have arrived on September 22, but it was caught in “congestion”! The project is to be finished very soon.
VI. Parish Pastoral Council members were on retreat, facilitated by Sal Della Bella, Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Louisville, on Saturday, October 3. Continue to pray for these Council members who seek to serve this community of faith.
In Joy and Hope,