Ordination of one of our own

alan-guanella1June is a special month for Christian men with the celebration of Father’s Day. Several prayers in the liturgy address God as the one “from whom all fatherhood takes its name.” What a message that gives to Christian fathers and what an awesome responsibility that entails! You must be an image of God the Father to your spouse, and to your children and grandchildren. You are to reflect to them the steadfast love and mercy of God, as well as be a source of strength and support for them. Be men of virtue, which means “manliness”; and be holy, for God is holy. (Cf. Leviticus 19:2)

On Saturday, June 22, our diocese will receive one new “Father” with the ordination to the priesthood of Deacon Alan Guanella, a member of the Bishop Schwebach Assembly. Pray for him as he prepares to assume this ministry on behalf of the people of God in our diocese, and pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood.

Given the threat to religious liberty resulting from continued government interference in the internal workings of religious institutions, the United States bishops are calling for the observance of a second “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, to be observed throughout the country from June 21 through July 4. It begins on the evening before the memorial of Saints Thomas More and John Fischer, martyrs for the right of conscience over government coercion, and concludes on Independence Day, when the Declaration of Independence was signed on the basis of liberty for all. For more information as plans develop, go to our diocesan web site: www. dioceseoflacrosse.com. Certainly all of us will want to participate in prayer and local observances in support of the principles on which we stand both as a nation and as a church.

May God bless you and your families.

Monsignor Michael J. Gorman, Chaplain