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From the Pastor's Desk - January 12, 2014

Dear Parishioners,
Starting next Saturday, January 18, our American bishops ask us to join with them in observing their "9 Days for Life" novena. It involves praying for an intention each day, a reflection, and the choosing to do some type of sacrificial action. While the bishops offer each day three options for doing a penance, obviously we can choose to offer our Lord some other sacrifice of our own choosing other than what is suggested. With the 41st anniversary on January 22 of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, it is imperative that we implore God to pour forth the graces necessary for conversion of our nation to the culture of life. In this week's bulletin there is an insert that directs you to the various ways that the text of the novena can be obtained electronically. Further, in the entrance area of the church there are printed booklets that have the novena in them, which can be taken home and which will also be used to pray the novena after Mass from January 18-26. In the booklet I have also included on the last page a calendar from the bishops that includes ideas on raising our awareness of poverty, from amongst which can be chosen as the penances to do during the novena -- January is Poverty Awareness Month, so this could be a wonderful way of combining both initiatives of respect life and poverty awareness. On the last day of the novena, Sunday, January 26, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass our Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a special Rosary, which all parishioners are encouraged to join in, as their way of participating in the Knights' "Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child" initiative. Also, please support the Knights "One Rose, One Life" campaign, for which envelopes are included in the bulletin and can be returned in the regular collection.

Also, thank you for your support of the annual Seminary Collection this weekend. Your generosity helps to educate our future priests for the Archdiocese. Of course, pray daily for vocations to the priesthood and for our seminarians of the Archdiocese that they persevere in responding to Our Lord's call to serve as priests.

Have a blessed and grace-filled week.

God bless you,
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.