Dear Parish Family,
This Sunday is the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel of Mark (10: 17-30) tells us that, for those who wish to follow Jesus, their commitment must be total. A man wishing to follow Jesus could not let go of his possessions and “he went away sad.” Our blessed Lord goes on to say that, “There is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present ageCwith persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.”
Our Lord will never be outdone in generosity. It is important to note that our Lord is not promising us material prosperity if we become his disciples. He is promising us spiritual riches that no one and nothing can take from us. We will indeed suffer persecutions as individuals and as a Church. Still, our Lord will never abandon us. The following is a letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York with respect to the month of October 2018:
“Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent”
Respect Life Month, October 2018
My dear friends in Christ:
The month of October is annually observed by the Catholic Church in the United States as Respect Life Month. We are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at everypoint in between.
Yet this year, as our hearts are heavy with revelations of how those who should be most trustworthy have not only failed in this regard but have inflicted immense evil. As USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo expressed, “the Body of Christ is lacerated.”
At such a time as this, we become even more aware of the need for messengers of God’s love and instruments of His healing. We realize again, with renewed urgency, our personal call to help others encounter God’s transforming, lifegiving love and to defend the sanctity of every person’s life, at every stage and in every circumstance.
This year’s Respect Life theme is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent,” highlighting our call to build a culture of life as missionary disciples. Drawing upon the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, this theme is briefly unpacked in a short reflection. I humbly invite you to read and reflect on it this Respect Life Month (www.usccb.org/respect-life-reflection). (There are also many other resources at www.usccb.org/respectlife that are available for use this month and throughout the year.)
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul tells us, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. …If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it” (1 Cor 12:12,26).
We are called and sent to be messengers of God’s love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him. In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life. The Body of Christ needs you. The world needs you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities
(taken from http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/respect-life-month.cfm#rlstatement)
May God bless you and your loved ones.
Fr. Dan Redmond
Dear fellow parishioners,
The WOW Prayer Group is answering a call to pray and sacrifice for the Church. We invite you to join us. We have chosen a day of the week to be in solidarity by offering prayer and fasting. This is not binding, of course, meaning that it is not a sin if an individual does not fulfill the goals. It is, however, our intent to strive to do the following each Wednesday:
1. Slowly, intentionally, pray three Hail Marys in honor of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
2. Choose one of these fasts for yourself: a. fasting from all sweets/treats or food/beverage item of your choice; b. fasting between meals; c. eating one large meal and two small meals and fasting between them; or d. fasting until supper.
Please be aware of your health issues when considering which fast to choose if you feel called to join us.
May God bless you!
In faith, hope, and love,
The WOW Prayer Group
The Heart of Jesus (October 20 and 21) is a retreat for men and women (18+).
It is not an over-night retreat, but it is two days filled with personal witnesses, sharings, and powerful discussions to explore how Jesus is working in our lives.
Allow the Holy Spirit to lift your heart higher as you grow closer to Jesus in your faith journey.
Please fill out a registration form (see below) and return to the parish office.
Questions? Contact Gary Burling: email@example.com
Heart of Jesus Registration Form
October 20th to 28th, 2018 - Novena to end Abortion
Click here to download the Novena in booklet format
Life Teen Oktoberfest Fundraiser
Friday November 2, 2018
7-10 pm at St. Mary Chardon’s Banquet Room
Adult - $25/Children 6 to 10 yrs. - $10/5 yrs. & younger- FREE
*Ticket cost includes Food & One Beverage Ticket
Cash Bar Beer & Wine
Music by Polka Revolution/50/50 Raffle/Chinese Auction
Benefits St. Mary Chardon Life Teen Program:
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