Jan 11, 2012

New Years Reparation

A link on New Advent led me to the Te Deum Laudamus blog, where Fr. Perrone lays out an excellent case for what I would call a New Years Reparation, or a Resolution where Catholics especially but all Christians offer up reparations for all the sins that so greatly offend God these days. One little extra reparation per week by all of us could do a lot to stem God's wrath. As Fr. explains:

I have never been a proponent of panic, of conspiracy, or of the immanent consummation of the world. The reasons for my reticence to advocate such positions are reasonableness and confidence in Divine Providence. It’s clear however that we, as a people, seem to be ever more capable of outdoing ourselves in wickedness. For those who delight in being at peace it’s not a good time to be living. There’s altogether too much to cause us to be disturbed. The agitation of the world is threatening to invade the serenity of our souls. Being deeply grounded in faith and hope, with a solid spiritual regimen of life, is the way to counteract these unsettling menaces to our Christian life.

There is a proposal I would like to make to you this new year. Being your pastor, your spiritual guide, I should protect you, teach you and give you goods for your souls. I therefore would like you to take on a practice this new year as a means of imploring God’s blessing on our parish and on you, my parishioners. It is this: that everyone elect to do one act of penance every week during the year 2012–an act in addition to any penitential acts which may already be one’s practice or which the season (viz., Lent) may dictate.

Jan 14 2012 Sat 10 AM Mass to “save babies through prayer”, Fr. Nicholas Desimone or Fr. Robert Grattaroti, in Problem Pregnancy Chapel, 495 Pleasant St. followed by Prayer vigil protest on 470 Pleasant St. in front of Planned Parenthood in Worcester
Jan 15 Sun 9AM-1PM breakfast brunch at St. Paul's Cathedral, egg&cheese sandwiches, pancakes, ham, rice&beans, coffee, juice, sponsored by Knights of Columbus.
Jan 15 Sun 5PM Christ the King ‘Catholicism,’ by Fr. Robert Barron, all welcome. There are also DVD copies for loan, and morning and weeknight sessions will be scheduled later.

Physician Assisted Suicide (Massachusetts Initiative 11-12) will be on the ballot next November: This is a bill designed to protect physicians, not patients because every patient already has the right to take their own life. Have you ever heard of anyone thrown in jail, anyone fined, for attempting suicide anywhere in the U.S.? It's also designed to help insurance companies save money, because paying once for an assisted suicide is cheaper than any treatment. "[T]he pressures of cost containment provide impetus, whether openly acknowledged or not, for the practicalities of an assisted death." excerpted from Freedom to Die, by former Hemlock Society co-founder Derek Humphry and Mary Clement, Chap. 21 "The Unspoken Argument", p.313

Jan 18 2012 Wed 7PM Fatima Prayer Cell, Immaculate Conception Worcester
Jan 21 2012 Sat 8AM Mass to “save babies through prayer” in the Problem Pregnancy Chapel, celebrated by Fr. Adam Reid, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Webster. Prayer vigil protest on 470 Pleasant St. in front of Planned Parenthood in Worcester follows.
Jan 22 Sun 5PM Christ the King, Pleasant St. Worc. ‘Catholicism,’ by Fr. Robert Barron
Jan 22 Sun 7:30pm annual Respect Life Mass celebrated by Bishop McManus at St. Paul’s Cathedral, buses leave on March for Life in Washington DC after Mass.

Jan 28 2012 Sat 10AM Mass to “save babies through prayer”, Fr. Ken Cardinale, Pastor of St. Mary Parish, N.Grafton, in Problem Pregnancy Chapel, 495 Pleasant St. Prayer vigil protest on 470 Pleasant St. in front of Planned Parenthood in Worcester before and after Mass. www.worcesterdiocese.org/respectlife

Jan 28 Sat Fr. Andrew Apostoli, 4PM Mass, Spaghetti Supper, St. Joe's 49 Woodland St., Fitchburg $20/person. WQPH Radio 89.3 FM

Jan 29 Sun 5PM Christ the King, Pleasant St. Worc. ‘Catholicism,’ by Fr. Robert Barron

Feb 3 8PM first Friday Mass with Fr. Gallagher in the Problem Pregnancy Chapel, 495 Pleasant St. followed by all night Eucharistic Adoration. All hours could use backup. Great New Years Reparation Resolution.
Feb 4 2012 8AM 1st Saturday Mass, Problem Pregnancy chapel with F.r Roy.
Feb 4 2012 11AM-1PM 1st Saturday Devotion, confession, adoration, Divine Liturgy. Our Lady of Mercy on June St. Worcester.

40 Days for Life - February 22nd to April 1st (Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday)

Jay G.
Prayer Needs;
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