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From the Pastor's Desk - September 8, 2013

Dear Parishioners,
Please see the insert in this week’s bulletin from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on the issue of Immigration Reform Legislation. Archbishop Lucas and the other bishops of Nebraska directed that the first page be inserted into the bulletins of all parishes in Nebraska. On the other three pages, for your information, I have included the background information that outlines the USCCB’s position on immigration reform. Please contact our members of Congress, especially our representatives in the House, asking them to support comprehensive immigration reform. As provided on the first page of the insert, if you go to you can send a pre-written message that will automatically go to your Representative . I did such and found it very easy to send to Senator Johanns and Representative Terry, while the message to Senator Fischer has to go through her site, which you will be directed to by clicking on her name as directed, but is simple to do once at her email site.

With the tensions in the Middle East in regards to Syria, Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013. He did so during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer on Sunday, September 1. Of course, this was too late to get into last week’s bulletin, so word could not be gotten out to you. So, I encourage all to choose another day this week to respond to our Holy Father’s plea in this regard. Here is a prayer for peace in Syria provided by the USCCB:

God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.
God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World,

Have a blessed and grace-filled week.
God bless you,  Fr. Gutowski

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