“National Initiative of Prayer, Service and Witness for Life”
(This information is a follow-up from a letter written by the Most Rev. Joseph Nauman).
The challenges women, in our society, face when are ‘unexpectedly expecting’ are immense! We usually see pregnancy as a happy occasion without much thought for those who are in difficult situations. Pregnant mothers, in need, come all cultures, social and economic backgrounds and tragically, many turn to abortion to try to solve their situation. For those who turn to abortion, the highest percentage is white, 39%; followed by black, 25%, Hispanic, 25% and Asian, 6%.
More astounding is the fact 24% has a Catholic affiliation while 17% are mainline Protestant. These women are our neighbors, friends, parishioners and daughters.
March 25, 2020 was the 25th Anniversary of Evangelium vita, the Gospel of Life. In that landmark encyclical, Pope St. John Paul II states:
“With great openness and courage, we need to question how widespread is the culture of life today among individual Christians, families, groups and communities in our Dioceses. With equal clarity and determination we must identify the steps we are called to take in order to serve life in all its truth.”
In the entrances of St. Peter and St. Paul you will find prayer cards and leaflets entitled,
10 Ways to Support Her When She Is Unexpectedly Expecting. Please help yourself to these!
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY:
We are all responsible for taking care of each other, and in view of the above column, let us be mindful of the women who are waiting to bring new life into the world. Please continue to be generous when giving to Catholic Charities and other organizations that help distribute food, clothing and shelter to many of these young women. Some have nowhere to turn for help! If you know of someone who is struggling please give Mary Dee a call at 251-4831 Ext 210 and perhaps we can work together to offer support.
‘Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”. ~Mother Theresa~
Catholic Charities Senior Dining is continuing to grow the Senior Dining Frozen Meal Expansion Project, with meals being made available at several locations across Central Minnesota, including, Sartell (Oct.26).
-Sartell: Monday, October 26, 8 am to 10:30 am – Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 N Pine Cone Rd, Sartell, MN.