This October is Respect Life month. It is a time for us to seek to go deeper in our understanding of the sanctity of life and different things in our society that threaten that sanctity. In faith it is an opportunity for us to pray more for our society and to help others see how life is from God and therefore sacred. This month is a chance for each of us to evaluate and see where we could make greater efforts to promote that sanctity (whether with conversations with your children, or family members, or peers). It is a time for us to be seeking to give greater witness by our actions (for example taking part in the March for Life in Boston next Sunday; planning on signing up for the March for Life in Washington DC this late January; praying with others outside the abortion clinic in Attleboro; assisting those who help at BirthRite in Taunton; etc.).
This month we are also preparing for a national election. This is an opportunity to take our call to protect life seriously, by making a greater effort to see where the candidates running for elected office stand on issues of sanctity of life. As Catholics we need to recognize which candidates we cannot support because of where they stand on issues of life and family (opposing those who support abortion or if both support abortion and/or euthanasia, oppose who is
more likely to promote abortion). Issues of promoting and protecting the sanctity of lfie are primarily moral in nature (which will demand the political realm to also be involved) and this is why we must speak and act. As we ponder the gift of life and what God calls us to, let us invoke the intercession of Our Lady that she may help us grow in a greater awareness of all that God has done, and that we may respond with all that he asks of us with joy, faith, and courage, just as Mary did.
Online Giving: Beginning the first weekend of November, we will be offering parishioners the opportunity to choose between donating each week by giving in the collection at Mass or by giving online. Those who give online can choose to have their weekly donation, and other donations, taken automatically from their bank account (so they don't have to worry about preparing a check or having cash for the weekly collection). Parishes that are doing this usually see an increase in parish financial support as well. In the upcoming weeks we will explain how to set this up for those who are interested.