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From the Pastor's Desk - June 29, 2014

Dear Parishioners,
As we celebrate Independence Day this week, let us praise Our Lord for the blessings we have known in the United States of prosperity and freedom. Let us not take these for granted. Our bishops once again have asked us to pray for the preservation of religious liberty as we approach July 4th. We know that this is threatened by policies of our president has decreed and other various court decisions that attack the rights of conscience, especially in regards to the implementation of some immoral regulations in universal health care legislation. Therefore we need to join our bishops in prayer. To this end, following the 8:00 A.M. Mass on July 4, there will be a Eucharistic Holy Hour with the praying of the Rosary in which I encourage all to take part. Come to Mass and stay afterwards to pray before our Eucharistic Lord for our nation. There is no greater act of patriotism than to pray for our country. Further, this week especially, I recommend that the following prayer for the preservation of religious liberty, which is provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,  be prayed daily:

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Have a wonderful, grace-filled week and an enjoyable holiday on July 4th.

God bless you, Fr. Gutowski

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