I. Abortion and Education: our United States Supreme Court, in the infamous Roe verses Wade case, voted to legalize abortion on January 22, 1973. Today we continue to be advocates for life by by passionately praying and assertively educating. We believe that once the egg and sperm have united to form that zygote, that life is sacred and must be protected. In addition to fervent prayer, we back up our belief by being pro-active.
II. Many of you made contributions last week to our Opportunities For Life (OFC) 24-7 hotline; hundreds of phone calls are processed each year, offering the anonymous caller positive alternatives to abortion. For 20+ years, our Kentucky bishops have sponsored this effective means of helping desperate women make choices they will not regret. For more information, visit www.opportunitiesforlife.org.
Locally and nationally, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend Retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Call Debbie at 270.570.4717 or Jennifer at 931.242.5506. The National hotline 877 HOPE 4 ME (877–467–3463).
Birthright–“a friend is waiting”, offers another alternative to women considering an abortion. This weekend you will find baby bottles at our Cathedral Church doors. Please place your donation in the baby bottle and bring it with you to church next weekend, or take it to the parish office. Thanks to Kate Abney for coordinating this needed outreach through our Social Concerns Committee. Birthright is located on 7th Street across from the rectory.
III. No One is Beyond Redemption! Saul is dedicated to viciously persecute the followers of Jesus Christ; then, on the road to Damascus, he hears a voice, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting Me?” This encounter with the risen Christ was the beginning of an entirely new way of life. This most feared enemy of the Christian community had a conversion experience which forever turned his heart and mind toward the one who forgave him. This Feast of the Conversion of Paul, the Apostle, is celebrated universally on January 25, the last day in our Week of Prayer for Christian unity.
IV. Institute for the Newly Ordained: Fr. Jamie will join other newly ordained priests from around the country, January 23-27, at St. Meinrad Retreat Center to process their first seven months of priesthood. We promise our prayers and support to Fr. Jamie Dennis!