October is Respect Life Month

RealMenRosary1For us Catholics October is Respect Life Month, the Month of the Rosary and the Month of the Missions. The first Sunday of October is Respect Life Sunday; October 7 is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, though not observed this year because it falls on Sunday; and the Third Sunday of October is World Mission Sunday. All of these observances and causes are near and dear to the hearts of the Knights, and I hope you will promote them in any way you can.

This October will also see the inauguration of the Year of Faith. Bishop Callahan will celebrate the opening Mass for our diocese at Saint Joseph the Workman Cathedral on Sunday, October 7, at 10:30 AM. This universal observance proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI begins officially on October 11, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Bishop Callahan desires representatives from all diocesan parishes to attend the October 7 Mass.

Those of us close by should also make every effort to attend. October is the last month before the general election on November 6. There are many important issues that ought to be considered by Catholic voters. While “the economy” gets the most attention, this is something that to a certain extent follows its own rules and timeline. However there are more fundamental constitutional issues which, in my opinion, demand a more urgent consideration. These are the right to life, the freedom of religious institutions to follow their own teachings and the nature of marriage. The vision of our founding fathers, enshrined in such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, must be defended by all levels and branches of government.

It seems as though these values are being threatened as never before. We Knights, as patriotic Catholics, need to come to their defense. To vote is to make our voices heard.

May Mary, Queen of the Rosary and Queen of Families, pray for us. May God bless you and your families.

Fr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain