Pastoral Reflections

October 2017

Oct 29

October 29, 2017

Today we commemorate Reformation Sunday. This is an annual celebration all over the world, on the Sunday closest to October 31st, that Protestant churches celebrate as the beginning of the Reformation. Since the Second Vatican Council, Reformation Sunday has also been an occasion for Catholics and Protestants to come together and give thanks for...
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Oct 22

October 22, 2017

This month we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. While this was a painful time in the life of the Christian Church, there has been much healing in recent years. Since the Second Vatican Council there has been an intentional shift in our relationship with Christians with whom we are not in full...
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Oct 15

October 15, 2017

October is Respect Life Month and this year’s theme, given to us by the U.S. Bishops, is “Be Not Afraid.” In their note with this year’s Respect Life material, the bishops write: When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the...
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Oct 8

October 8, 2017

On September 27th, Pope Francis launched a global campaign called “Share the Journey,” to support migrants and refugees around the world. In collaboration with the annual celebration of Respect Life Month in October, the bishops of the U.S. are asking Catholics around the country to help kick off the campaign this week with prayer...
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Oct 1

October 1, 2017

Last Saturday, September 23rd, Fr. Stanley Rother was declared “Blessed” in a Beatification Mass in Oklahoma City. Fr. Rother, who was murdered in Guatemala in 1981, became the first U.S. born priest to be beatified. Fr. Rother’s life shows the extraordinary sacrifice that is possible in an otherwise ordinary life.  Fr....
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