The Gift of Human Life

Yesterday…Tuesday, January 22, on the 45th anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision (Roe v Wade1973), all dioceses in the United States were called to observe “A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” and celebrate our daily Mass for the intention of “Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life”. We enthusiastically complied with that instruction and then several parishioners joined me for the noon-hour Prayer Vigil and Anti-Abortion March around the Federal Court House, downtown. I want to personally thank Elva Masters, Linda Moore, Peter Suess and Ana Alsace… who dedicated their noon hour to pray the Rosary and give public witness to the need for all of us to become proactive in bringing an end to the evil of abortion. (Thank you also, if you were there and I missed you…and please let me know.)

Every one of us should be concerned with this issue, as it has become the primary polarized issue between the two political parties. Democrats have made abortion a primary “plank” in their political platform. They want to protect abortion as being a “national treasure”, that allows for the unconstrained choice to terminate the life of an unwanted child at any time during a pregnancy, right up to the moment of birth (including partial-birth). The other major political party, including the current President’s Administration, are quite vocally… “Pro-life.” However, despite many positive pro-life measures that have been initiated, our United States government continues to support the criminal profiteering abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, with over a half billion dollars of our tax money each year. So no matter where your political allegiance lies, for the love of God (and life), please add your voice, by means of emails, letters, phone calls, to urge your legal representatives to protect the sacred lives of the pre-born in the womb. The pro-life political party representatives also sorely need to hear your vehement insistence that they carry out their party’s promise. Please care! Please stay active! Please stay vocal! If we all do, we can easily bring an end to this Holocaust.

On a lighter, but also very important note… I want to give you a heads up on some important information coming your way shortly. Agonizingly long overdue (due to many other time sensitive and time-consuming initiatives), we have been, for several years now, considering the selection of an attractive and effective means, to provide appropriate thanks and recognition for the generous support of our “Beautiful New Church Capital Campaign” and “Building Fund”. It will also thankfully recognize all other generous contributions of fixtures, fittings, and adornments (i.e. bells, windows, kneelers, statues, etc.) that have helped to beautify our new church. This handsome recognition display will contain the giver’s names and will be prominently located on the main wall of our narthax.

In addition to this attractive recognition display, wherever possible and practical, we will be installing small “brass-like” plates, either “on”, or “proximate to”, the gifted church elements. And the plate will contain either your (the donor’s) name, or the name of the person(s) you would like to “memorialize” with your gift element. You will very soon receive a mailing requesting your input.

Some three years ago when the Recognition/Memorial church elements were presented for parishioners to underwrite their purchase, many people were unable to obtain the gift of their choice due to someone else committing to its purchase earlier. Also, I am aware that many simply could not afford a memorial at that time. In either case if you still desire to contribute a memorial item, I will be providing you with a listing of items, including several windows and statues, that are now available to memorialize.

We have received great news that the new very Catholic movie, Garabandal, will be showing in Jacksonville at the Regal Cinemas-Avenues on February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I highly encourage everyone, including families and our young people to attend. As an incentive, I will be personally buying popcorn for all who can attend the 1:30 p.m. Sunday movie with me. I will leave directly after the 11:00 a.m. Mass at 12:30 p.m. to attend the 1:30 p.m. showing. More information about the movie (with showtimes) can be found on page 4 of the bulletin.

In closing, I just want to touch briefly on what was provided in the last two “Corners”… namely, 10 suggestions for all of us who have children or significant others that have either left the Catholic faith, or have become lukewarm in their practice of it. I once again invite you to let me know if you would like to discuss your personal situation (or dilemma) in this regard.

Yours, united with you, in our continuing quest for holiness,