Saturday, October 24, 2020

Updates from St. Columba - October 24, 2020

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Our Mass Schedule this weekend:

Saturday 5:30 pm – in church

Sunday 8:00 am – in church

Sunday 10:00 am – outdoors

Sunday 12 noon – in church

 

This is our final weekend to have an outdoor Mass. It will likely be very chilly so dress warmly. Next weekend for the Solemnity of All Saints we return to our old Mass schedule with all Masses in church: Saturday 5:30 pm, Sunday 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 noon.

 

Entrance Antiphon

Cantor: Let  the  hearts  of  those  who  seek  the  Lord  rejoice;    seek  the Lord  and  be  strength-  ened;   seek  his  face  for  evermore. 

Vs. Give thanks  to  the  Lord  and  call  upon  his  name;   declare  his  deeds  among  the  gentiles.  

Assembly: Vs. Glory  be  to  the  Father,  and  to the  Son, and  to the  Holy  Spirit...  

 

Psalm: I love you Lord, my strength, my strength.

 

Communion Antiphon

We  shall  rejoice  in  your  salvation;   and  in the name  of  the Lord  our  God  shall we  place our  pride.

 

Communion Hymn

I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you, as I have loved you.

1.    This is my will, my one command, That love should dwell among you all. This is my will, that you should love, as I have shown that I love you.

2.    No greater love that one can have, than that one die to save one’s friends. You are my friends, if you obey what I command that you should do.

3.    I call you now no longer slaves; no slave knows all the master does. I call you friends, for all I hear the Father say you hear from me.

4.    You chose not me, but I chose you, that you should go and bear much fruit. I chose you out, that you in me should bear much fruit that will abide.

5.    All that you ask my Father, dear, for my name’s sake you shall receive. This is my will, my one command, that Love should dwell in each, in all.

 

Steven R. Janco Text (ref.) and music © 1999, WLP

Jn 15:12–17 Vss.: James Quinn, SJ, 1919–2010 Text (vss.) © 1969, James Quinn, SJ, pub. by OCP

 

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SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR ST. VINCENT DEPAUL FOOD PANTRY – Once a year we take a special collection for our Food Pantry. Our Tri-Parish Food Pantry serves hundreds of people throughout the year. It is a hugely important resource for so many. Please use the envelope you received at home or put your donation in an envelope marked “St. Vincent DePaul” and drop it in the collection. Thank you for your generous support.

 

ALL SOULS DAY – Please return your All Souls Intention envelopes and be sure to write your Intentions on the envelope. Additional envelopes are available on the racks in church. A Novena of Masses will be offered beginning November 2.

 

PRAYERS NEEDED – Steve Broussard and Dennis McCormack are to be ordained Deacons next Saturday at 9:00 am at the Cathedral. Admission by ticket only. But now Steve is facing Gall Bladder surgery on Monday! With all your prayers, we hope he can recover sufficiently to be ordained as scheduled.  Also, please pray for Mother Gloria who has been diagnosed with skin cancer.  

 

ANNUAL RETREAT – Father Connolly will be away on his annual retreat this week Please pray for him, and we are sure he will be praying for all of us.


SCHOOL RAFFLES - With the Gala cancelled, our beautiful raffle items remain to be won. Take a chance after Mass today!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Updates From St. Columba - October 19, 2020


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Gary Bartilucci’s Birthday. Gary has done amazing work throughout the pandemic. He has really helped to keep our parish going. God bless you Gary! Also, Birthday wishes to Deacon John Reilly on Wednesday. Ad Multos Annos.

ADORATION SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK – No ADORATION Thursday, October 22 due to First Communion Rehearsal at 4:30 pm and evening Mass at 7:00 pm.

FINAL WEEKEND FOR OUTDOOR MASS – We will be moving all Masses into the church beginning on October 31-November 1. We are incredibly grateful to all the many volunteers who have helped us set up and tear down throughout the past months. God bless all of you. We will resume our old Mass schedule of 7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 noon on November 1.

HOLY HOUR TONIGHT FOR YOUNG ADULTS – Tonight (Monday) at 7:00 pm. Talk by Father Louis Masi, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary, Fishkill. Confessions available.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION INFORMATION

1. Religious Education is NO LONGER ACCEPTING INK CARTRIDGES for recycling.  Thank you for all who have supported this effort up until now.

2. In this time of needed RELIANCE ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES to remotely form and teach our youth in the traditions of our Catholic way of life, we need to help our volunteer catechists replace, upgrade and/or refurbish laptops in order to teach effectively.  Targeted donations are much needed for this purpose.  We have many families, many students, so small or modest donations will make a big difference and will help us help our catechists.  If you are willing to help, make checks payable to St. Columba Church with a memo: Rel Ed Technology Fund or click the link on We Share.  Thank you so much!

3. GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS:  We have received more 6th grade students since the start of rel ed classes, also one of our Thursday 8th grade catechists has resigned because she secured a new full time job, and this morning a 4th grade catechist called to let us know that due to doctor's orders, she will need to step away from teaching 4th grade on Wednesday afternoons.    

As a result of the above situations, WE NEED THREE NEW CATECHISTS - one for Thursday, Grade 8 (Confirmation Preparation 4:30 - 6:00pm) and one for 6th grade (Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00pm) or Wednesday evening (6:15 - 7:45pm) and lastly, a catechist is needed for Wednesday afternoon for Grade 4 ( 4:15 - 5:45pm).

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF ST. COLUMBA PARISH AND YOU LIVE YOUR FAITH, PLEASE PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER HELPING US.  YOUR HELP IS NEEDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  CALL SR. MARIE AT 845 221-4900.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Updates from St. Columba - October 16, 2020


Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Entrance Antiphon

Cantor:

I  have  called  out  because  you  answer  me,  O  God;   incline  your  ear  and  hear  my  words;  keep  me,  O  Lord,  like  the  apple  of  your eye;   protect  me  under  the  shadow  of  your  wings.  (Vs. Hear  my  just cause,  O  Lord;   attend  to  my  supplication.)  

Assembly: Vs. Glory  be  to  the Father,  and  to  the  Son,   and  to  the  Holy  Spirit.  As  it was in  the beginning,   is  now,  and  ever  shall  be,   world  without  end.  Amen.

 

Psalm Response:  Give the Lord glory and honor.

 

Offertory Antiphon: I  will  meditate  on  your  commandments   which I  love  exceedingly;    

I will  lift up my hands t’ward your commandments which I love.

 

Communion Antiphon:  O  Lord  our  God,   how awesome  is  your  name  in  all  the  earth!

 

Communion Hymn:

 

I have loved you with an everlasting love,

I have called you and you are mine;

I have loved you with an everlasting love,

I have called you and you are mine.

 

1.       Seek the face of the Lord and long for him:

          he will bring you his light and his peace.

 

2.       Seek the face of the Lord and long for him:

          he will bring you his joy and his hope.

 

3.       Seek the face of the Lord and long for him:

          he will bring you his care and his love.

 

Text: Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 24:3; Michael Joncas, b. 1951  

Tune: Michael Joncas, b. 1951 © 1979, OCP      

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MASS SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND – Cold weather changes:

Saturday Morning – 8:00 am – in church

Saturday Evening – 5:30 pm – in church

Sunday Morning – 8:00 am in church, 10:00 am outdoors, 12:00 noon in church

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – Our children will receive First Communion on Saturday at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon. Due to the pandemic, it is not open to the public – tickets only. Watch it on our livestream - https://www.facebook.com/stcolumbahj - Please pray for our First Communicants!

 

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – This weekend is a special opportunity to support the Missionary efforts of the church. Please use your World Mission Sunday envelope and drop it in the basket. If you do not have an envelope, put it in your own envelope and mark it “World Mission Sunday.”

 

ST. DENIS – ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL RAFFLE - Our school will be selling raffle tickets for gift baskets after all the Masses this weekend.  Please support the school while taking a chance to win a great prize!


RENEW AND REBUILD – Most parishioners are keeping up with their pledges – God bless you! But some may be facing challenges, especially due to the pandemic. Those who are a bit behind will soon receive a letter of encouragement. Thanks for doing whatever you can to help us continue to pay back the church loan and to put money away toward the school windows.


LOURDES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, October 18 at 12 noon – Register at www.ollchs.org.


PHISHING ATTEMPT – Never respond to emails like this – the email is fake, and we would never send emails like this!

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Date: Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 10:09 AM
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Updates From St. Columba - October 10, 2020


Entrance Antiphon:  (Ps 129:3-4, 1-2) 

Cantor-   O  Lord, if you were to take into account our iniquities, who would withstand the test?  

 But  forgiveness  abides  with  you,  O God of Israel.  

(Vs. Out  of  the  depths  have  I  cried  to    you,  O  Lord;   Lord,  hear  my  voice. )

Assembly-   Glory  be  to  the  Father,    and  to  the  Son,   and  to  the  Holy  Spirit.  As  it  was  in  the    beginning,   is  now,  and  ever  shall  be,   world  without  end.  Amen. 

 

GLORIA chant- may be found on page 9 in the digital missalette

 

Psalm Response: I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

 

Offertory (Esther 14:12-13) 

Remember  me,  O  Lord,   you  who  dominate  all  authority;  put  the  right  words on my lips,    so  that  my  speech  may  be  convincing   in  the    presence  of  the  King. 

 

Communion (Ps 118:22, 24)

Remove  from  me  all  scorn  and  contempt,    for  I  have  kept  your  commandments;   for  your  law  is  the  object  of  my  meditations.

 

Communion hymn:

1.      The King of love my shepherd is,

          Whose goodness fails me never;

          I nothing lack if I am his,

          And he is mine forever..

 

2.      Where streams of living water flow

          My ransomed soul he's leading,

          And, where the verdant pastures grow,

          With food celestial feeding.

 

3.      Confused and foolish oft I strayed,

          But yet in love he sought me,

          And on his shoulder gently laid,

          And home, rejoicing, brought me.

 

4.      In death's dark vale I fear no ill

          With you, dear Lord, beside me,

          Your rod and staff my comfort still,

          Your cross before to guide me.

 

5.      You spread a table in my sight,

          Your saving grace bestowing; 

          And, oh, what transport of delight 

          From your pure chalice flowing!

 

6.      And so, through all the length of days 

          Your goodness fails me never; 

          Good Shepherd, may I sing your praise 

          Within your house forever.

 

Text: Psalm 23; Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877, alt.

 

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EXPECTANT PARENT BLESSING – We will offer a Drive-By Blessing for Expectant Parents this Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 pm. Just drive to the front of the rectory. For safety’s sake, you do not need to exit your car.

 

COLUMBUS DAY – Morning Mass will be at 8:00 am. There will be No Adoration. All parish offices will be closed. We have funerals at 10:00 am and 12 Noon. The church will close at the end of the last funeral.

 

CARDINAL’S APPEAL as of October 2
Goal - $139,000.00
Pledge - $97,059.00
Number of Gifts – 411
Average Gift - $236.15
Any gift, large or small, is deeply appreciated!

RENEW AND REBUILD as of September 18
Goal - $1,709,000.00
Pledged - $1,758,846.92
Paid - $1,108,513.03
Many thank for keeping up with your pledge!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Updates From St. Columba - October 7, 2020 - Our Lady of the Rosary

 

HOLY HOUR FOR OUR NATION - Bishop Colacicco will officiate a live-stream Holy Hour for the parishes of Dutchess County (and anyone else who would like to join in) on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary from 7PM-8PM  TONIGHT at Holy Trinity in Poughkeepsie. The Holy Hour is for the healing of our nation and the peaceful outcome of the election. You can access the live-stream via Holy Trinity’s website  www.holytrinitypoughkeepsie.com and click on the live stream tab at the top of the homepage, our Facebook Holy Trinity Poughkeepsie or our YouTube Channel- Holy Trinity Poughkeepsie.

TRI-PARISH LIFE CHAIN – A peaceful reminder of the sanctity of life. It will take place this Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 12 noon along Rt. 82 in front of St. Columba Church. Come for two hours or just a few minutes or more: pray, wear a mask, and stay 6 ft apart. Signs will be provided.

AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA ROSARY RALLY – Right after the Life Chain, on Saturday, October 10 at 12:00 noon, we will join parishes across the country to pray the Rosary for America. We will beg God and Our Lady to save America from today’s chaos, immorality, and social upheaval. In 2019 there were 21,145 public rallies. This year St. Columba will join this effort. This is a Public Rosary so we will stay right on Rt 82 in front of the church. We are giving witness to our faith. Bring a Rosary. If you forget or do not have one, we will have a Rosary for you! Wear a mask and keep social distance.

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY - BABY BOTTLES – October is Respect Life Month. We invite you to participate in our Baby Bottle Campaign. Bring home a bottle after Mass and fill it with loose change throughout October. Return it in November. The money will be used for Respect Life activities here at St. Columba, including donations to Care Net and Birthright.

EXPECTANT PARENT DRIVE BY BLESSING – Families awaiting the birth of a child are welcome to drive by the rectory this Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 pm for a Blessing. Father Michael will be standing outside waiting for you!

MASK REMINDER – All are expected (except young children) to wear masks in church that fully cover the nose and mouth. Please keep your priests and fellow parishioners safe. We strongly encourage you to wear a mask during our outdoor Masses. You must wear a mask if you are visiting the parish office. Remember it is also the home of our priests and we need to keep them safe, as well as our parish staff.

QUARANTINE REMINDER – Please remember that if you travel to a quarantine state and return, you need to quarantine for two weeks from the moment you arrive back in NY State. Please do not enter our church, school, convent, or rectory during that time. We are grateful especially to our many volunteers who do the right thing and keep us informed in order to protect all parishioners. Please do not be selfish about this and put us all at risk.

COLUMBUS DAY – Please remember that our offices will be closed on Monday, October 12. Morning Mass is at 8:00 am and the church will be closed afterward. No Adoration.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Will some Catholic Schools be forced to close? Please read!

 

Dear Catholic Schools Community,

Please see this very important press release from The New York State Catholic Conference on behalf of the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn. This statement has been delivered to the Office of Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio.

Millions of dollars and many precious resources have been expended to safely reopen our Catholic schools. Our principals, teachers and staff have worked too hard to keep our buildings safe rigorously following the guidelines mandated by New York State and New York City departments of health. We cannot stand by silently if our schools are to be associated with other non-compliant private schools.

We intend to be just as proactive in defending our ability to stay open and operate safely as we have been to make our schools safe places for learning

Sincerely,

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Mr. Michael J. Deegan
Superintendent of Schools
Archdiocese of New York

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Weekend Updates from St. Columba - October 2, 2020

 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Entrance Antiphon (Esther 13:9-11; Ps 118:1) 

Cantor:  All  things  are  submitted  to  your  will,  O  Lord,   and  no  one  can    resist  your  decisions;  you  have  made  all  things,   heaven  and  earth,  and  all  that  is  contained  under  the  vault  of  the  sky;   you  are    the  master  of  the  universe. 

( Vs. Bless├Ęd  are  those  whose  way  is    blameless,   who  walk  in  the  law  of  the  Lord. )

 All: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit…

 

**Gloria chant- may be found on page 9 in the digital missalette**

 

Psalm Response: The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

 

Offertory Antiphon: There  was  a  man  in  the  land  of  Hus  whose  name  was  Job,     

a  blameless,  upright  and  God  fearing  man;  Satan  asked  to  be    allowed  to  tempt  him,   and  the  Lord  gave  him  pow’r  over  his    possessions  and  his  body;  and  so,  he  destroyed  his  possessions and  his children, and he ravaged  his  flesh  with  horrible  sores. 

 

Communion Antiphon: My  soul  aspires  after  your  salvation;    I  hope  in  your  word;     

When  will  you  judge  those  who  persecute  me?  The  wicked  are  persecuting  me;   

Come  to  my  assistance,  O  Lord  my  God.

 

Communion Hymn:

Refrain

I receive the living God, and my heart is full of joy.  

I receive the living God, and my heart is full of joy.

 

Verses

 

1.      Jesus says: I am the Bread 

          Sent to you from God Most High.  

          Take and eat, and you will live; 

          You need never fear to die.

 

2.      Jesus says: I am the Vine, 

          Far from whom no life can grow.  

          If you join yourself to me, 

          A rich harvest you will know.

 

3.      Jesus says: I am the Way, 

          And my path is straight and true.  

          Follow me to where I lead; 

          There my Father waits for you.

 

4.      Jesus says: I am the Truth.  

          If you follow close to me, 

          You will know me in your heart, 

          And my word will make you free.

 

5.      Jesus says: I am the Life, 

          Raised in triumph from the dead.  

          As one Body now remain, 

          Members joined to me, the Head.

 

6.      Jesus says: I am the Day, 

          Shining brightly through your night.  

          Welcome me, and you will walk 

          By the Spirit’s guiding light.

 

7.      Jesus says: I am the Love 

          Which can bind you close to me.  

          Those who know this gift I bring 

          Will find true community.

 

8.      Jesus says: I am the Peace 

          Which the world cannot bestow.  

          Learn to love and live in me, 

          And in you my Reign will grow.

 

9.      Jesus says: I am the Lamb, 

          And my death set sinners free.  

          Those who drink the cup I drink 

          Must take up this work with me.

 

Text: Vss. 1-3, 5-9, Bernard Geoffroy, b. 1946; tr. by Ronald F. Krisman, b. 1946 

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RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY - BABY BOTTLES - Today marks the beginning of Respect Life Month. Please read the reflection at the end of this Flock Note. We invite you to participate in our Baby Bottle Campaign. Bring home a bottle after Mass and fill it with loose change throughout October. Return it in November. The money will be used for Respect Life activities here at St. Columba, including donations to Care Net and Birthright.

CONFIRMATIONS - Bishop Colacicco will be with us Saturday, October 3 for Confirmations at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm. We are delighted that our former Pastor will confirm our teens. A reminder that these Liturgies are not open to the public. Seating by ticket only due to the pandemic. Please pray for our Confirmandi.

FIRST COMMUNIONS – Our children who were scheduled to receive First Communion last May will receive the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist on Saturday, October 17 at 9:30 am & 12:00 noon and on Saturday, October 24 at 9:30am. Due to the pandemic, these Masses are not open to the public as seating is by ticket only for the safety of all. Please pray for our First Communicants.

ST. FRANCIS PET BLESSING – Bring your pet this Sunday, October 4 at 1:30 pm for this annual blessing. We will be on the lawn in front of the church. Please wear a mask, keep social distance, and ensure that you can control your pet if needed!

GOD SQUAD YOUTH GROUP – Our High School Youth Group is resuming with a picnic in the rectory back yard this Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 pm. We will wear masks, keep social distance, enjoy seeing each other again and plan for the year. It is by reservation, but if you missed the deadline and still want to come, call 227-8380 and leave a voicemail for Father Connolly (#15).

PARISH COUNCIL – Meets on Monday, October 5 at 7:00 pm Zoom Conference.

FINANCE COUNCIL – Meets on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm Zoom Conference.

TRI-PARISH LIFE CHAIN – A peaceful reminder of the sanctity of life. It will take place Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 12 noon along Rt. 82 in front of St. Columba Church. Come for a few minutes or more: pray, wear a mask, and stay 6 ft apart. Signs will be provided.

AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA ROSARY RALLY – Right after the Life Chain, on Saturday, October 10 at 12:00 noon, we will join parishes across the country to pray the Rosary for America. We will beg God and Our Lady to save America from today’s chaos, immorality, and social upheaval. In 2019 there were 21,145 public rallies. This year St. Columba will join this effort. This is a Public Rosary so we will stay right on Rt 82 in front of the church. We are giving witness to our faith. Bring a Rosary. If you forget or do not have one, we will have a Rosary for you! Wear a mask and keep social distance.

CHURCH FINANCES – As we finish up the fiscal year report, our accountant indicates that we ended the fiscal year with at least a $30,000 deficit. A deficit is also projected for 2020-2021. Indications are that the collection is down about $1,000 per week which is the cause of the deficit. Appropriate actions now need to be taken to deal with our financial situation. Our Finance Council will help us make good decisions. We are most grateful for the many parishioners who are keeping up with your church contributions. You keep your parish going, together with all your prayers and your participation. God bless you!


CARDINAL’S APPEAL as of September 18

Goal - $139,000.00

Pledge - $95,159.00

Number of Gifts – 405

Average Gift - $234.96

Any gift, large or small, is deeply appreciated!

 

RENEW AND REBUILD as of September 18

Goal - $1,709,000.00

Pledged - $1,758,846.92

Paid - $1,108,513.03

Many thank for keeping up with your pledge!

 

Live the Gospel of Life
Respect Life Reflection

Twenty-five years ago, Pope St. John Paul II wrote that the Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ saving message to the world (Evangelium vitae 1). In taking on human flesh, dwelling among us, and sacrificing his very life for our redemption, Christ reveals the profound dignity of every human person. This God-given dignity does not change with our stage of life, abilities, level of independence, or any other varying circumstance.

Text Box: “to imitate Christ 
and follow in his footsteps”
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Rather, it is rooted in the permanent fact that each of us is made in the image and likeness of God, created to share in the very life of God himself. The human person is a “manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory” (EV 34). And we must reflect this truth in how we act and how we treat one another.

The truth of the Gospel of life is at the foundation of who we are as followers of Christ. In his earthly life, Jesus provided the perfect model for how we are to love our neighbor and live out the Gospel call: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt. 25:40).

Jesus calls each of us to “care for the other as a person for whom God has made us responsible” (EV 87). The Gospel of life is intrinsic to the whole Christian life and foundational to the decisions we make on a daily basis. For, “the Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (EV 2, emphasis added).

In his encyclical on the Gospel of life, Pope St. John Paul II recognizes the full range of threats against human life, from poverty and malnutrition to murder and war. He places particular emphasis, however, on threats to life at its beginning and end—precisely when it is most in need of protection. In modern times, children in their mothers’ wombs and those approaching the end of their lives are certainly among the “least of these” in our world’s estimation. Practices such as abortion and assisted suicide tragically reject the truth that human life is always to be cherished and defended with loving concern.

As the Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s prophetic encyclical, let us reflect on how we personally live out the Gospel: Do I talk about and act towards others as I would talk about and treat Jesus himself? Do I inform myself of the Church’s teachings and engage in the civic arena as first a follower of Christ? Do I support and advocate for laws and policies that protect and defend human life? Do I help pregnant and parenting mothers in need? Am I ready to support a loved one nearing death?

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may Our Lord grant us the grace to truly and courageously live his Gospel of life.