Another pro-life cause; World Day of the Sick

Dear Brother Knights,

This past month thousands again gathered in Washington, DC, to march for life, marking the ignominious 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On January 23 Catholics throughout our nation observed a day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. Several members of Congress who addressed the marchers stated that we are closer to attaining this goal that at any time in the last 39 years. The tide of both public and scientific opinion, I believe, is turning in our favor. Brother Knights, continue your prayers and efforts on behalf of respect for life. Opinion is coming back to the truth of the humanity of the unborn child. This is a fundamental and objective truth,“and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

im13257560511Pope Benedict releases message for the 20th World Day of the Sick.

The month of February brings us three important observances. The first is the 20th annual World Day of the Sick on February 11. This observance reminds us of the dignity of those who are suffering from illness and the loving care which each one deserves. This is another pro-life cause which we Knights are called to promote. The second observance is Valentine’s Day, which gives you who are married a special day to celebrate your vocation and to show your life’s partner how much she means to you. Marriage is the foundation of family life and of the church family. Finally, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 22. Embrace it as a time of prayer and penance for the needs of the Church and the world, especially the causes of justice, peace, family life and human dignity.

Bishop William Callahan and I will be traveling to Rome February 6-21 to report on the state of the Church in our diocese. Please keep us in your prayers for safe travels as we will pray for all Christ’s faithful in our diocese at the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul.

-- Fr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain