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  • MISSION OF PRO-LIFE MINISTRY IN ARCHDIOCESE

                 “We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God, that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence”. U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, November 2001.
                 Following the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death by:
    · Education.  Raising consciousness of the sacredness of human life and the societal and personal effects of pro-life values.
    · Pastoral concerns.  Meeting the pastoral needs related to human life issues in the 216 parishes of the Archdiocese through a network of persons.
    · Advocacy.  Promoting laws that protect life.
    · Prayer.  Placing all pro-life concerns in relationship with God from Whom the gift of life comes.
    PRO-LIFE REPRESENTATIVES
    Pro-Life Representatives work in conjunction with Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford in education and advocating Catholic family values.  The pro-life representative is responsible for communicating to his/her pastor and the congregation, pertinent information regarding news affecting the values that form the core of our Catholic beliefs.  Staff of the Pro-Life Ministry are available to meet with individuals or groups to educate on this mission.

    EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE PRO-LIFE MINISTRY THAT OCCUR EACH YEAR INCLUDE:
     
    January  - March for Life, Washington, DC
    April—Mass of Remembrance for Children who have died
    Sept.-Nov.—40 Days of Life Campaign in Hartford
    October—Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass
    3 Retreats—Weekend Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
                 In October each year, Respect Life Month, the Pro-Life Ministry sponsors a Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.  Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, presents each new pro-life representative with a commissioning certificate which affirms the representative’s commitment to Catholic family and life values.  He also recognizes individually, each pro-life representative in attendance and gives him/her a blessed candle.
    Archbishop Mansell also recognizes at this Mass, individuals who have been particularly outstanding in their pro-life efforts and bestows on them the Saint Fianna Bretta Molla Award which is a citation and a bronze medal signifying their commitment.


     
  • Coffee & Donuts

    Coffee and donuts will be served in FOC after the 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 am Masses.

    We will resume the Coffee Hour the weekend following Labor Day.

     

  • Weekly Gospel Message

     
    TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
    " What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?" Profit and gain: most of us would be happy to experience these things. In our capitalist economy, profit is the point. Gain is the goal. Thought of in terms of money or possessions, having plenty of them often offers us a sense of security and sometimes a kind of pleasure. But today Jesus warns us about putting too much stock in this kind of worldly security.  It's important to recognize that Jesus isn't condemning money or possessions in and of themselves. But he is advocating a radical rethinking of our priorities. In a way, he turns everything upside down. Instead of giving us tips to "gain the whole world," Jesus instructs us to take up our cross and follow him, and to lose our life for his sake. This is not a message about gain but about loss. At least, that's how it appears on the surface. When we take up our cross, embracing the sacrifices that come with our vocation, or accepting the sufferings that inevitably cross our path--it may not gain us immediate relief, but it will unite us to Christ who suffered for us on the cross. When we lose our life for his sake, giving of our time, our talents, and our treasure for the sake of those we love or those in need--it may not fill our pocketbooks, but it will fill our hearts.  Jesus wants our lives to be full. Full of love, full of peace, full of joy. Today he reminds us to be sure we aren't so full of other "stuff" that we have no room left for what truly satisfies. Jesus promises that in losing our life for his sake, we will find it in the end. May we have the confidence to put our trust in this promise.
     
  • Parish Golden Anniversary

     
    Our parish was founded fifty years ago (September 10, 1964).  Our parish council has suggested and is planning an observance of the event with three special activities.  First was the installation of our new ambo (pulpit).  We have received many satisfying comments on how attractive it is and how beautifully is complements the altar and baptismal font.
     
    On Friday, October 24, Elizabeth Von Trapp, last of the heroic Von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame will present a beautiful musical program at our parish.
     
    On Saturday, November 22, Archbishop Leonard Blair, will celebrate the 4:00 pm Vigil Mass, a Mass of Thanksgiving, followed by a dinner at the Aqua Turf Banquet Center in Southington..