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From the Pastor's Desk - June 30, 2013

Dear Parishioners,
Please continue to pray, as Archbishop Lucas and our American bishops have asked, for the preservation of religious liberty during the Fortnight of Freedom that continues until July 4th. Remember that on this coming Monday, July 1, I will be offering a special Mass at 6:00 P.M. for this intention and that following the Mass there will be an hour of Eucharistic adoration to pray for such. I hope that as many as possible will come on Monday to pray for our nation and leaders. Of course, I encourage attendance at the 8:00 A.M. Mass on July 4th as well to show Our Lord our thanksgiving for the freedoms that we have enjoyed until now and that these will continue in our nation in the future. Our prayers are most urgent in light of the Supreme Court’s miscarriage of justice in not upholding the authentic definition and meaning of marriage this past week in its striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  The five justices who voted to strike it down uprooted themselves from any rational and scientific reasoning (if anyone in the scientific community is honest, he or she knows that there is absolutely no scientific proof that homosexuality is “genetic” and therefore that homosexuality is not the same as the color of one’s skin; and that therefore by defining marriage as between one man and one woman no hatred and no unjust discrimination occurs against those who call themselves “gay,” “lesbian,” “transgender,” or “bisexual”). These five justices tragically gave into the pressure of the whims of those who follow merely their base desires and fantasies who have politically bludgeoned society into legitimizing that which is outright sin and against the natural law and God’s revealed law. We need to pray for the five Supreme Court justices whose intellects have been so darkened and hope that they will come to realize that you cannot change God’s law and that one day they will have to meet Him who is the ultimate Judge and Supreme Court. Please see the insert in the bulletin that provides the press release statement of Cardinal Dolan and of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops immediate response to this tragic Supreme Court decision. In this moment of moral crisis in our nation, realize that whoever wants to claim to be truly a good Catholic must pray for and do what he or she can in defense of the true meaning of marriage. Even if the Church will face increasing persecution in society for its standing up for the truth, we cannot back down from being true disciples of Jesus who defend the truth of God and, therefore, that which is truly good for the human person.

        On another note, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican, with the approval of Pope Francis, promulgated a directive that the name of St. Joseph, which already is always mentioned in Eucharistic Prayer I, should now also be explicitly stated in Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV. Hence you will now hear included the phrase “and blessed Joseph, her spouse” after Our Blessed Mother is referred to in Eucharistic Prayers II, III, and IV. It obviously is not yet in the text in the Missalette, so I just want you to be aware when you hear this but do not yet read it in there. It is wonderful that St. Joseph will now be explicitly mentioned as we sure need his prayers more than ever for the protection of the Church.

       Have a blessed and grace-filled week.

God bless,
Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green,  Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.