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From the Pastor's Desk - September 30, 2012

Dear Parishioners,
As we enter into the month of October this week, the Church once again observes Respect Life Month and the Month of the Rosary. As we are sadly seeing, respect for human life continues to deteriorate in our nation. From policies of the current presidential administration that support abortion and the trampling upon the rights of conscience to gun violence in our cities, our country is caught in the web of the culture of death. We, above all, need to pray for the conversion to the culture of life of all of our elected leaders and citizens. To this end, the praying of our Lady's Rosary is most powerful. I ask that all in our parish pray a Rosary daily during the month of October, while considering to continue this as part of one's daily prayer even beyond this month. I thank the members of our Knights of Columbus Council who will be leading the praying of the Rosary before the weekend Masses during October.

Next Sunday, October 7, from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M., the Life Chain will take place once again at the intersection of Highway 50 and Platteview Road. I beg as many of our parishioners who can to participate in this prayerful and peaceful witness to the sanctity of life. If you cannot stand for an hour, bring a lawn chair. This is a powerful way to give voice to the unborn who cannot speak for themselves and to remind people that abortion also harms women and their families. Our Lord will bless abundantly anyone who makes the sacrifice of their time for this noble cause that is the most serious and critical social justice issue of our times.

Also, during the month of October, 40 Days for Life is taking place whereby persons are encouraged to spend an hour praying on the sidewalk near one of the local abortion clinics. If anyone is interested in doing this, please see me for details.

Finally, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked that inserts be placed in parish bulletins during October that further educate us on the HHS mandate that requires religiously-operated institutions to pay for contraceptive and abortifacient drugs for employees. Hence you will see these in the bulletin in the upcoming weeks.

Have a blessed and grace-filled week.

God bless,Fr. Gutowski      

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