The month of October is a special month for me because it brings many celebrations, but most of all because it is a month dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and as a good mother, she always protects us. Therefore, as in the previous letter, I invite you to pray the Holy Rosary every day, asking for peace, unity, and above all, for life.
This entire month is dedicated to praying for the end of abortion and praying for the respect for life. It is sad to see how many people take abortion as if it were something normal, as if killing a baby did not mean anything. It is something outrageous, but we can still ask God’s mercy for all these people. I invite you this month to pray tirelessly for abortion doctors and institutions that profit from the destruction of the unborn’s life and pray for all these poor women who have no conscience and who allow this to happen. As a parish, we will dedicate this month to pray every day for these intentions. I also invite you all to demonstrate you are in favor of life by placing a pro-life flag on your front doors. Next week, we will have members of the pro-life committee of our parish encouraging parishioners to buy a pro-life flag; you can also order it by visiting www.prolifeflag.com. Let’s say yes to life and no to abortion!
I also remind you that on October 16th, we will celebrate Our Lady of Fatima with a beautiful procession, and we will consecrate ourselves to her maternal care. It is a special occasion to unite more as a parish and publicly manifest our devotion to our Mother with the prayer of the Holy Rosary. Prepare that day to honor Mary.
Mark on your calendars our Bishop Michael Burbidge’s invitation to join him in commemorating this “Year of Saint Joseph” with the diocesan Marian pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 30th. The parish will offer bus transportation at the cost of $ 20 per person and $ 5 for children under 12 years of age. Also, the diocese offers Chick-Fil-A lunch at the price of $ 10.00 per person. The deadline to reserve a bus space and lunch is October 15th at the parish office. You can call the parish office for more information or to register, or you can visit our parish website to register.
Finally, Father Rampino and I thank you for your prayers, especially for the spiritual bouquet you gave us last week, for the day dedicated to the priesthood. Your rosaries and Mass offerings help us continue in our priestly ministry.
May God bless you all. I have you in my prayers.