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From the Pastor's Desk - June 7, 2015

Dear Parishioners,
Once again this summer Archbishop Lucas and all of our American bishops have asked that we observe a “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4. They ask that we pray especially for the preservation of religious freedom in the United States. See the webpage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/ for a variety of information on the issue of religious liberty. Over the next month, there will be inserts in the bulletin that come from the USCCB website pertaining to various topics on this critical issue that requires our attention. This week the insert is a review of how the redefinition of marriage in our nation impacts religious liberty.
What is most needed is that we commit ourselves to prayer during this “Fortnight for Freedom.” Everyone has the obligation to pray. We especially need to pray for the preservation of the true meaning of marriage in our nation, namely, that our U.S. Supreme Court will uphold in their decision due this June the authentic definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I ask that all pray daily the prayer for the preservation of religious liberty from our American bishops that is on this week’s insert. Further, on Wednesday, July 1, at 6:00 P.M., I will offer a special Mass for the preservation of religious liberty followed by a Eucharistic Holy Hour of prayer for this intention. I hope that as many as possible will come for this time of prayer, recognizing the urgent situation of the times that we live in when we can no longer take for granted the freedom of religion that up until now was a foundation of our Constitution and society.
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.