Friends, October is the month of the Rosary. May I invite you to pray the Rosary either individually or communally. It is a great spiritual devotion that keeps us connected with the Mother of Our Lord.
It is also Respect Life Month. As you pray your Rosaries keep the most vulnerable of our society, children in the womb and all children and the elderly in your intentions. Please pray for the end of abortions. Pray for Mother's, under age and unwed, who are afraid and think that abortion is the answer to solve a "problem."
Our Holy Father, Francis, also spoke passionately to the U.S. Congress about abolishing the Death Penalty. We need to pray about this divisive subject too. This is a great challenge for many who would say, "They deserve it!" It is a Gospel challenge, not Pope Francis'. He is just the messenger of God's love and mercy.
Only with God are all things possible.
What an exciting time to be in Philadelphia and experience the historic visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the United States. He joined us in Philly for the conclusion of the 8th Gathering of World Meeting of Families.
Pope Francis spoke very passionately about family life and how we must do everything we can to encourage families to stay strong in faith and in love with one another. The family is the nucleus of society. When the family structure deteriorates so does society around us. That is why we must continue to pray for strong and healthy families where children and elderly, the most vulnerable, are cared for and loved.
I encourage you to visit, www.USCCB.org and read the speeches and homilies given by Pope Francis during his visit.
Also go to www.worldmeeting2015.org for more information on the Congress.
The next World Meeting of Families will take place 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.
A Prayer for the World Meeting of Families
As you may already know, we have been in a Capital Campaign since 2010 called Gateway Into Worship to build this addition. We are still in the process of raising funds in order to realize this final stage of our project, Phase III. The first two phases dealt with much needed repairs and the interior church renovation.
The Narthex will serve many purposes. First and foremost, it will house our new Baptismal Font. It will also serve as a place of fellowship after Mass so that we don't have to be outside in the heat of South Texas or in the cold or rain. Overflow congregants during Holy Days can also participate in worship comfortably from there. It will have a Bridal / Choir Robe Room and additional Restrooms and Water Fountains. It will also provide a better space to light a candle to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
To make this project happen, as always, I ask for your prayers. Great things happen with the power of prayer!
Also, we need your financial assistance! Every dollar helps. Please consider a sizable donation or pledge to our Gateway Campaign.
Please feel free to call me at my office with regard to any aspect of this project.
We will be presenting an 8 Part Video Bible Study featuring Jeff Cavins.
This study provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture, so that you can get the "big picture" of the Bible and understand what it's all about. The Bible is a story about the Father's unfailing love for you, a love that you are now called to share with others.
Sessions begin Monday, October 12 at 7 PM
Where: Sacred Heart Parish Hall
Cost for Material: $20
Contact Sr. Jude at email@example.com or call 361-729-9135
Sr. Jude will facilitate a video course by Bishop-Elect Robert E. Barron called: CATHOLICISM
Those who attend will learn what Catholics believe and why while being immersed in the art, architecture, literature, beliefs and practices of the Catholic tradition. It brings the beauty, goodness and truth of the Church to life so that you can better understand and share your faith.
We invite you to be a part of this great adventure into the Catholic Faith. You will be amazed!!
DateClass Begins: October 21 Wednesday at 10 am
October 22 Thursday at 7 pm
Place: Sacred Heart Parish Hall
Cost of Material: $5
To Register contact Sr. Jude at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 361-729-9135
To view a preview video go to www.WordOnFire.org