Our present crises – be they economic, food-related, environmental or social – are ultimately also moral crises, and all of them are interrelated. They require us to rethink the path which we are travelling together. Specifically, they call for a lifestyle marked by sobriety and solidarity, with new rules and forms of engagement, one which focuses confidently and courageously on strategies that actually work, while decisively rejecting those that have failed. Only in this way can the current crisis become an opportunity for discernment and new strategic planning.
(Pope Benedict XVI 2010 World Day of Peace Message, No. 5)
- Abortion Recovery Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
- Climate Impacts in
- “Developing Leaders to Save the Earth”
- Dialogue with Bill Sublette: New
Board Chair Orange County School
- 40 Days for Life –
- Living Will Forums
- Pope and Patriarch Urge Preservation of Planet for Future Generations
- Prayer Devotions for September: Our Lady of Sorrows
- Respect Life Sunday
- Rural Life Prayerbook: Order from NCRLC Bookstore online
Respect Life Sunday, October 3 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
is celebrated on the first Sunday in October, as designated by the
Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program brings Church teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and the wider public. The program combines education, prayer, service and advocacy. Respect Life Sunday is observed in virtually all of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the
Abortion Recovery Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat:
Abortion Recovery Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will be held November 19-21 at
Living Will Forums:
Do you have questions about Advance Directives or Living Wills? Concerns about end-of-life care and Catholic teaching? Confused about designating a Health Care Surrogate? These and other questions will be answered at an upcoming living will forum by a panel consisting of a Catholic physician, attorney and clergy. Please see below for the dates and times for upcoming forums around the diocese:
Catholic Church, Celebration, 9:00AM, Saturday, September 18 Corpus Christi
- St. Anthony Catholic Church,
, 12:00PM, Sunday, November 14 Lakeland
For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, at firstname.lastname@example.org; 407-246-4819.
Dialogue with Bill Sublette: New
A Luncheon and Dialogue with the newly elected Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church on Thursday, September 30 from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Lunch is $6. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
40 Days for Life –
Pope and Patriarch Urge Preservation of Planet for Future Generations
Pope Benedict urged all people to remember the duty we have today to safeguard the future for generations to come. Speaking on August 29 in support of the Day for Safeguarding Creation (September 1)-a tradition in Italy and in the Greek Orthodox Church-the Holy Father said, There can be no peace in the world without respecting the environment. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of
Climate Impacts in
Professor Glenn Juday, a forest ecologist from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (and the scientist who shared his knowledge with the bishops of Alaska at their climate change hearing in 2007) described the devastation happening to white spruce and birch trees as a result of climate change. Much of this is due to a drying out of the region-shorter winters, less snowfall, and less summer rain-and rapid temperature increases. Scientists agree that the Arctic region is warming twice as fast as the global average. Dr. Juday was in
“Developing Leaders to Save the Earth” by Msgr. Franklyn Casale, St. Thomas University, Miami
Msgr. Casale’s blog, found on the Archdiocese of Miami website, highlights the St. Thomas University School of Law’s recently-created program in Environmental Sustainability and their efforts to link environmental degradation to impacts on humans, especially poor people. As educators, parents and responsible citizens of the world, we are required to care for our planet. Read more here.
Prayer Devotions for September: Our Lady of Sorrows
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In September, it is Our Lady of Sorrows. The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows takes place on September 15, the day after the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. We remember the suffering of Mary as she stood at the foot of the Cross and witnessed the torture and death of her Son.
Most holy Virgin and Mother,
whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy divine Son,
and who in His glorious Resurrection was filled with never-ending joy at His triumph;
obtain for us who call upon thee,
so to be partakers in the adversities of this world
and the sorrows of her children and all of creation,
as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolation for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
This small hand-held prayer book was first published by NCRLC in 1956. It includes classic prayers of the Church, but also blessings and prayers unique to the rural family: Blessing of the Barn and Stored Harvest, Blessing of Poultry, A Farmer’s Prayer to Mary, Devotions for the Feast of St. Isidore, and many more! Dimensions are approximately 4×6; 410 pp. Cost: $15, plus $4.50 postage and handling. Please visit our online Bookstore today! (To order by phone: 515-270-2634, ext. 10