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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-01-10

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Here is Bulletin_2016-01-10

Analysis and Commentary

1. Life Last Year and This Year: Last year in Bulletin_2015-01-11 and Bulletin_2015-01-18 there was the following announcement:

The annual MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, D.C. is set for Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 2015. There will be a bus from St. Peter’s for anyone wishing to participate in this event, and donations can be offered on the trip to D.C.. Mid-morning will be the departure time for the bus, which will return to St. Peter’s between 5 and 6 pm. The bus can stop at the commuter lot in Warrenton (north of town) for those who live close to that town. Bring a bag lunch which you can eat on the bus on the way to the March. Anyone under age 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Look for a sign up sheet which will appear next weekend as you enter the church.

This year in Bulletin_2016-01-10 there is an announcement saying:

Are you thinking of going to the March for Life on Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.? St. Peter’s is not having a bus this year, but two neighboring parishes are welcoming St. Peter parishioners on their buses:

St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton–a donation of $20 (adult) and$10 (child up to age 13) to defer the cost of the bus needs to be in the office by Jan. 20. Please call Olivia (secretary) at 540-347-2927 as soon as possible.

Precious Blood Catholic Church in Culpeper–a free will offering to defer the cost of the bus will be taken on the bus. The bus will leave the church parking lot at 10:30 am and return at around 6 pm. Please call Scott Klose at 540-718-7574 as soon as possible.

What has changed in a year that makes it no longer possible to have a bus to take our parishioners to the annual March for Life?

Life, the March for Life, the understanding that all human life is sacred – Have we heard recently about this Catholic teaching about Life from the pulpit here at St. Peter’s?

What has changed in a year that makes it no longer possible to have a bus to take our parishioners to the annual March for Life?

Perhaps there are more important concerns that have taken precedence at St. Peter’s. If that is so, what might they be?

2. The More Important: Perhaps the following from the last page of  Bulletin_2016-01-10 constitutes one of those more important concerns that justify not having a bus for the annual March for Life:


The Pope is asking for a dialogue from the whole world on the care for our common home. Pope Francis has said in his encyclical: “I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone …”

Discussion will be held at: Rappahannock County Library
When: Sunday, February 14, 2016
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm
A series of five monthly conversations are planned.

Sponsors: St. Peter Catholic Church, Washington, VA; Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge, Sperryville; Green Team of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Warrenton; RappFLOW; Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection; (others to be announced.)

No prior preparation is needed to participate in this discussion. Copies of the book Laudato Si,’ St. Francis’ Encyclical Letter, will be available.

Contact: Fr. Tuck Grinnell, email: phone: 540-675-3432

To this my wife and I make the following simple comments:

  •  Father, despite what you and Fred Pugarelli might think, Pope Francis is not yet “St. Francis” as you have indicated in your announcement.
  • It is unlikely that the Unitarians or the Episcopalians or any of the other participants are providing the copies of Laudato Si’. The book pictured in the bulletin announcement is listed on Amazon for $9.47 per copy. Might we point out that the Vatican makes this available for free to all at Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for our Common Home. We have had this link on the Sheep of Kephas blog for quite some time. Save the Parish some money and have the interested parties download it from the Vatican site.
  • Perhaps the money to be spent on the copies of Laudato Si’ would be better spent on financing a bus for St. Peter’s faithful to go to the annual March for Life.
  • In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, would it not be useful to preach from the pulpit what a great mercy it would be if abortions were to be stopped, if Planned Parenthood were to be disbanded, and our Supreme Court be persuaded that Life matters?
  • Even better, Father – perhaps you could call together the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge; the Green Team of St. James’ Episcopal Church; RappFLOW; and the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection “for a dialogue from the whole world” on the Church’s teaching on Life, the Holy Eucharist, eternal salvation, etc. we’re sure that they would participate with the same vigor as they will on Laudato Si’. Not!
  • By the way, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. The first meeting at the library might be absented by a few loving couples.

1 Comment

  1. Evelyn Kerr says:

    You couldn’t ask for a more liberal group of people in Rapp County. Perhaps the drop in donations is the impetus for the cancellation of the March for Life bus? In answering my own question I respond, probably not. Environmentalism has become just another god of this world. Are we called to be stewards? Yes, the Bible (Genesis) is clear in that topic. Is Mother Earth to go before Our Father God, No! Those who would like to attend the March as a group need to communicate with each other.

    Sent from my iPhone



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