Here is Bulletin_2016-01-17
Analysis and Commentary
Don’t Forget: There will be no bus from St. Peter’s to the annual March for Life this year. In this week’s Pastor’s Piece Father states:
DON’T FORGET THE…..
MARCH FOR LIFE-FRIDAY, JANUARY22
Please see announcement inside this bulletin.
That is the point, Father – we have not forgotten and we will not forget!
A very perceptive and helpful reader did not forget. She kindly informed me that:
In a recent post you compared the 2015 announcement in St. Peter’s bulletin for the March for Life, to the current year’s. I found one from Sunday, January 19, 2014, and thought you might like to read Father Murphy’s Pastor’s Piece:“My mistake. Last bulletin, I mentioned that the little white flags in our yard represent the 3,300 unborn children killed by abortion “each year.” It is rather incomprehensible, and so, it didn’t catch my attention, but the sad, sad reality is that the flags represent 3,300 killed each day. This is the number for the United States alone. This sobering figure not only doesn’t include the rest of the world, but it also doesn’t include the human beings discarded through chemical abortion, whether it be through the side effects of the “pill” that prevents newly conceived human life from implanting on the inter-uterine wall of the mother or the human fetus kills such as, The Morning After Pill, Plan B and the like. It is a callous disregard for human life, no matter how we look at it. Prayer and conversion of hearts is what is desperate needed. Please consider joining us for the March for Life on Wednesday, or at least, skip dessert or hold the meat, seek out a church and offer a Rosary for the change of hearts needed. Christ’s Peace, Fr. Murphy”
This is what we can’t forget. For years, St. Peter’s had pastors who led their flock. Pastors such as Fr. Murphy would call the flock to follow. They would gently guide the flock and teach them God’s plan for life on earth – not man’s plan to destroy life under the false banner of “save the earth”.
Don’t Forget: There is no single post we have written that has received so many comments as the item Life – Last Year and This Year in For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2016-01-10. Several times after Mass and elsewhere, parishioners stopped me and asked “Why is there no bus to the March this year?” Canceling the bus was one action that struck to the core of our Catholic hearts. How do you join “us for the March for Life” if the Pastor has allowed the flock to scatter so that there no longer is an “us” to join?
Don’t Forget: There was a time when the scales of the works of mercy were balanced at St. Peter’s. The emphasis was on both the Spiritual and the Corporal. Secular social justicism is not part of the Christian works of mercy.
Don’t Forget: Many of the Sheep of St. Peter’s are at other parishes now. Keep them in your prayers. They left because the Mass and the Eucharist were no longer the central focus in the life of the parish.
Don’t Forget: It wasn’t the taking away of the bells – it was the taking away of what the bells were meant to signify. It wasn’t the use of a pewter paten – it was the taking away of the gold befitting our King. So many things have been taken away.
Don’t Forget: Father has said: “Don’t forget the……” Surely, we will never forget. We won’t forget Life. And we won’t forget the way it was is during the “status quo ante.” Someday, there will be a new Pastor who will gather all the sheep together and we will be joyous because we did not forget.
As Fr. Murphy would say: “Christ peace!”