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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 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 of September 14th.

  • Weekly Gospel Message

     
    THE EXALTATION OF THE
    HOLY CROSS
    " And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up." The first reading today refers to the story of the Israelites and the serpents. These venomous creatures were biting and killing the people of Israel wandering in the desert. Moses begged God to save them from the affliction. God chose a strange antidote to the poison: he told Moses to mount a bronze serpent on a pole. Those who looked at it survived.  In the Gospel reading, John refers to this historical event in the context of salvation. Then, the people of God were saved from physical death by looking up. Now, we are saved from spiritual death in much the same way. Through the cross where Jesus was "lifted up," God has given us an antidote to the poison of sin. The habits of selfishness that threaten to suffocate our souls can be overcome when we raise our eyes to this cross upon which Christ made the ultimate act of selflessness.  Today at Mass, many of us will sing the rousing hymn "Lift High the Cross" and call to mind this "triumphant sign" that has come to be equivalent with Christianity itself. The cross is our symbol, our banner, and our hope. As Christians, we march behind it with confidence and courage because through it, even the most fearsome of all human realities-sin and death-have been conquered. Now we can enjoy the gift of eternal life.But, like the children of Israel wandering in the desert, we have to participate in our own salvation. God desired that they actively "look" at the bronze seraph instead of passively being cured. So too, we must choose to actively embrace the cross of Christ by modeling our lives after the generous, life-giving love of the Lord.
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  • 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..